Marker Nine invites the community to the grand opening of its first brick-and-mortar storefront on Friday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 9 p.m.
The casual, coastal apparel company’s new retail store is located at the Shops at Tidemill, 2082 George Washington Highway in Gloucester Point.
The 16,000-square foot renovated strip mall across Route 17 from Scoot’s BBQ also includes anchor store Little England Mercantile, marketing and communications firm Consociate Media, and its neighbor, Sara Harris Photography. Marker Nine will be next door to Severn Wharf Custom Rods.
“While Marker Nine ships its merchandise all over the country, Gloucester is home for us, and that makes it special to be able to anchor our store here,” said Rudy Heinatz, company co-founder. “The community has supported us from day one. It’s rewarding for Marker Nine to be part of the ongoing revitalization effort to transform the Shops at Tidemill into a shopping destination.”
New jobs will be added, too, as Marker Nine is hiring sales associates.
Marker Nine had operated solely through popup shops and online sales since Heinatz and his brother-in-law, Mike Silberhorn, created the company in 2015. The brand celebrates the simplicity of living along the coast and the generations of watermen who appreciate an unspoiled way of life.
“This is an exciting time in the evolution of Marker Nine, and we want to share that with everyone who helped us reach this milestone,” Heinatz said. “We also welcome new customers to check us out. We’ve been asked when we’re going to have our own retail shop and the time is finally right.”
Hoodies, hats, short- and long-sleeved shirts and accessories in various colors and sizes are part of Marker Nine’s extensive product line, which also includes coastal photography. Award-winning photojournalist Rob Ostermaier is an artist with a lens whose passion for capturing the region’s distinct beauty is unmatched. Images of birds and crabs in their natural settings, watermen on the Chesapeake Bay, Navy ships and colorful sunsets on the water are among the gallery prints for sale.
Apparel features Marker Nine’s signature logo, an encircled 9 that represents the channel marker that gives boaters the go-ahead to continue their direction.
Marker Nine will cut a ceremonial dock rope in lieu of a traditional ribbon cutting. The virtual event will be streamed at 3:30 p.m., at facebook.com/markernine.Marker Nine will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.