Desoto County News

Local sandwich shop Market 23 opens in Hernando

By Bailee Harris

Photo: The Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting event with the opening of Market 23. (Courtesy photo)

Hernando welcomed a new culinary gem to its community in December of 2023 with the grand opening of Market 23. This new local restaurant serves salads, sandwiches, soups, convenient to-go items, and even catering options.

The journey of Market 23 traces back to the vision of Molly Beth Jolly, whose venture began with the establishment of Stud Muffins, a health-oriented grab-and-go restaurant in New Albany. Together with her husband Trey, the pair eventually expanded their business to Southaven.

Trey and Molly Beth Jolly, owners of Market 23 in Hernando.

“We opened up a retail store in Southaven and it was going great,” Molly shares. “We had tons of Hernando clients that would drive to Southaven and would say ‘when are y’all going to get one in Hernando?’”

The opportunity arose when the space previously occupied by Big Muddy’s became available. Without hesitation, Molly and Trey transformed the venue into Market 23.

“I had been wanting to open a sandwich shop in Hernando since we moved there because there was no McAlister’s, Newks, or anything like that,” Molly said. “We got busy with renovations and popped it up just a little over a month after we signed the lease. It has been fabulous so far. It’s gone way better than we could’ve ever dreamed.”

From homemade soups and sauces to in-house prepared salad dressings, each element is meticulously prepared, ensuring the freshest food possible for its customers.

“All of our soups, sauces, and salad dressings are made from scratch, in house, every day. If you order ranch, it is from scratch. If you order caesar, it is from scratch. We actually sell those in bulk, so you can buy them for your house and take it home,” Molly states.

With its dedication to quality, convenience, and uniqueness, Market 23 is destined to become a staple in Hernando.

Bailee Harris is a reporter/contributor for DeSoto County News.