After living in Flower Mound’s Lakeside DFW area for a couple of weeks, Talitha Ledet noticed something was missing from the development: a grocery store.
“I was sitting on my balcony one day and thought, ‘I just need a place here that I can walk to and get coffee, milk, eggs or something simple,’” she said. “I started walking around and talking to my neighbors and learned they felt the same way, too.”
Ledet and her husband, Billy, launched The Market at Lakeside in 2017 to meet those needs.
“We carry a lot of the staple products,” she said. “We sell a lot of vegan and plant-based products as well because we have people that come in that have dietary restrictions or preferences.”
Ledet said the specialty market not only attracts the Lakeside DFW residents but also those outside of the Dallas city limits who are looking for local brands. Ledet partners with several of them, such as Mother Beverage, Pudding on Smiles, Cookies Crumbs and Crust, and Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
“We are able to bring big-city conveniences to a suburban, smaller storefront and make it easier for our customers so that they don’t have to drive to Dallas to enjoy some of their favorite local brands,” she said.
Being a locally owned and operated business, the Ledets are able to talk to their customers to learn what they should be stocking on their shelves.
“We bring in new products every week to every other week,” Madeleine Ledet, Talitha’s daughter, said. “I also stay on top of trends and do product research so that I can bring in products that people don’t really know about but products that I know in the next four to five months will be a really big hit.”
Besides food products, the market also offers wine by the glass, kombucha and craft beer on tap as well as catering services.
Ledet said customers will soon be able to order online and pick up in the store.