DON’T GO HERE! Friends and I were recently visiting Door County with plans to tour the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, including taking along a light lunch to eat in the Peninsula State Park. Having stopped at this shop several years ago and enjoyed it’s wide variety of offerings, it seemed an ideal choice to utilize again for obtaining our “picnic to go”. In my previous visit I had not particularly paid attention to accessibility. But this time it was of major significance as I was using a mobility scooter, and another guest was accompanied by an emotional support animal (albeit the dog was not wearing a vest at the time due to the heat and traveling, her owner did have the paperwork handy to prove her status).
Although we lucked out with a parking space across the street from the front entrance, we found that “The Market” front doors were inaccessible for the part of our party using a scooter due to several big steps. Finding a staff person inside, our able-bodied friend asked about accessibility for the scooter and was told there was a ramp around in the back. I went around that way. Meanwhile, the person with the support animal entered the shop and was immediately accosted by a staff person and told in no uncertain terms to leave! The request not made politely, nor was there any willingness to acknowledge the animal’s status. Rather the staff person just reacted rudely in the extreme, actually yelling, and demanding shrilly that they leave IMMEDIATELY. Which they did, but not without embarrassment, mortification, and anger.
Meanwhile, it was discovered after going clear around the block, that the so-called “ramp” in the rear of the store to be used for access by the person on the scooter was really an old wooden loading ramp—high, dangerous, and containing large speed bumps of a size making this entrance also unscalable for the scooter and rider. So much for a ramp and accessibility!
The Market staff could have kept our business, had their attitudes been different. Even mildly helpful approaches would likely have resulted, at the very least, in our purchasing our picnicing sandwiches “to go” by just placing orders that could have been brought out to us by market staff, or our able-bodied friend. Had we been welcomed and/or offered any assistance or accommodations to compensate for the obstacles encountered, we might have found ways to overcome the steps, and animal issue, thereby potentially enabling further shopping/expenditures by our party. Instead, we found The Market and staff to be inaccessible, unaccomodating, and rude.
Abused and disappointed, we left town empty-handed. And, sad to say, our distressing experience with The Market also left a bad taste in our mouth about the rest of the cute little town of Fish Creek, such that we skipped the rest of it’s offerings during the remainder of our trip.
The bottom line is that this business is not only inhospitable and possibly even in violation of guidelines for anyone with support animals, but it is also really inaccessible for anyone with limited mobility, including walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters; even folks using canes and crutches would have found access to this business extremely difficult. It was truly disappointing to find that such an potentially appealing stop was more than a waste of time.
Oh, yes. Sorry, but because of the above experience, this reviewer can’t tell you how the food is, what other products are available, etc. Our recommendation instead—STOP ELSEWHERE!