Brooklyn Belle Market opened Sunday, June 2, after seven years of hoping, three months of construction and a small explosion.

Megan Carpenter, owner of the market, suffered injuries to her face and neck from a kitchen fire after the pilot light in one of her stoves sparked a small explosion that delayed the opening for two days.

“I’m very, very lucky,” said Carpenter.

Now on the way to recovery, Carpenter has fully opened the market, named after her children Audrey Brooklyn and Ava Belle.

The market is based on the concept of a diner, where families can eat and kids can play arcade games, with a convenience store on the opposite side.

“My inspiration was if Cracker Barrel had a convenience store,” said Carpenter.

Carpenter said she would like to thank everyone for their continued support in the creation and opening of the market.

“The community support has been absolutely phenomenal,” said Carpenter.

Brooklyn Belle Market is located at the former Nolen’s Grocery location in the same building as Carpenter’s first job. It has been a dream for her for over seven years.

“I just want people to come here and have a place to feel at home,” said Carpenter.

Brooklyn Belle Market, at 9335 Cranston Road, is open on Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. with no kitchen orders after 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with no kitchen orders after 7 p.m.

For questions about Brooklyn Belle Market, check their Facebook page.

Daneyl Tackett can be reached at or by telephone at 784-4116.