New off-grid lifestyle store opens in downtown Marshall


Jeff Flake, owner of Van Life Conversions in Marshall, speaks with a customer at Off Grid Store Jan. 12.

MARSHALL – When they opened Vanlife Conversions in January 2020, owner Jeff Flake and his wife Samantha Flake always planned to open a retail store to offer all-things off-grid living.  

Now, with the opening of Modern Off-Grid Store in downtown Marshall, that goal has been realized, as the stir celebrated its opening during Third Thursday in Marshall in July.  

According to Samantha Flake, who owns Modern Off-Grid, the store’s main focus is solar panels, though she is constantly seeking new inventory to bring in to keep up with the ever-changing demands of the Madison County community. 

Prior to Modern Off-Grid’s opening, the pair was forced to attempt to conduct its burgeoning business from Vanlife Conversions, a van- and school bus-conversion business located down the street, which had a number of limitations, the owner said. 

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