“Mel’s on Main” is a minority, woman-owned business located at 1678 S 1900 West in West Haven, Utah. The shop’s owner Melissa “Mel” Baca-Henry is a Navajo (Dine’) businesswoman with strong business sensibility and flare for variety. “Mel’s” eclectic style came from being raised in Palos Verdes, Avalon and Santa Barbara (the southern California region) where people embrace a multitude of perspectives, methods, and styles.
The shop is involved in green activities such as up-cycling and re-purposing. Mel’s on Main believes in reusing and recycling in order to help both the community and the environment. This belief is parallel with the customs of American Indian’s who want to preserve the earth by reducing the overuse of landfills and by doing right by Mother Earth.
Mel’s on Main is located in a rural area with the closest donation center being located across town! The community needed another choice for recycling gently used home products and items. Mel’s on Main was opened after learning of this need.
The shop also donates to local organizations such as St. Anne’s, YCC-Women’s Shelter, DCFS, and the Salvation Army to name a few. Mel has been a foster parent since 1994 and also makes donations to local foster agencies thru children place directly in her care. The shop has grown from a shabby thrift shop to a boutique style thrift shop to what is now a consignment shop. The shop is continuing to evolve each passing year!
At Mel’s we believe in giving credit where credit is due! Mel’s gives credit for her creative edge to her deceased mother, Bernice Help. Bernice was a Navajo artisan of many mediums such as silversmithing, oil painting, sketching, creating beaded jewelry, sewing, etc. Mel also gives credit to the foster families who helped raise her since age 11, Dr. & Mrs. Gordon Orme as well as Mr. & Mrs. Dan Aleman. These families assisted in rearing and refining Mel in Southern California on the LDS Placement program. Mel would also like to thank Kim Roberts who brings custom pallet furniture to the shop. Kim’s 25 years of staging creativity is a true asset. Dave for the male influence that is found in the shop! Art Burnell for demo and construction! Mel’s children and foster children that enjoy gaining work experience at the shop. Further credit goes to a company that supports female, minority business, Messerly Concrete of Ogden, Utah! “It takes a village!” This statement couldn’t be more true at Mel’s! There are many people that cannot be named but are recognized in other ways!