Indoor Downtown Market Official Grand Opening to the Public

August 23, 2013 update The Indoor Market Hall's official Public Opening will be Monday, September 2, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.


Here's the schedule for opening day:


Feeling bad about a Labor Day with no plans? Well don't. You can spend the day with us! We open at 9am, and we'll have all kinds of things going on. You can spend some time cooking, tasting, shopping, eating, dancing, singing….


9am Doors Open: All our friends, neighbors, fans, and everyone else are welcome. We're happy to be part of your community now and forever more!


10am Sweetie-Licious Pie Making: Watch our own Linda Hundt prepare her signature, award-winning pie (Winner: Food Network Pie Challenge).


11:15am Pesto from the Garden: Join local author Jaye Beeler as she shares her favorite pesto recipe using fresh basil and garlic from the garden. Then it's your turn to try!


12:00pm Live Music by Charles Driscoll: A wildly popular street performer, Charles brings his music inside the Market.


12:30pm Just Good Food: GR cookbook author Dirk Hoffius, will share and cook recipes from his kitchen.


1:45pm Drink to Your Health: Blend your own healthy Market smoothie with wellness guru, Michele Fife.


3:00pm Tasting and Touring Michigan's Homegrown Food: Book signing and culinary trip around Michigan with local author Jaye Beeler and photographer Diane Carroll Burdick.


5:00pm Hawks and Owls Live: They're a little bit country, blues, bluegrass, early swing, and Appalachian fiddle. Don't miss this local favorite!


7:00pm See you tomorrow, and the day after that, and the next day. The Market Hall is open Monday-Saturday, 9am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-7pm.


EAT some delicious treats from our Market Hall vendors. ENJOY special chef demos and book signings staged throughout the building. SEE the market on a free guided tour (space is limited). REGISTER for one of our many fall classes.

 

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August 13, 2013 update - Grand Rapids Downtown Market, an all-new destination for local food innovation, education and experimentation, today announced Fish Lads of Grand Rapids, an all-new, seller of raw fish and seafood, and the latest tenant in the 24-vendor Market Hall.


Fish Lads is the creation of Jeff Butzow, a 15-year seafood retailer, who has helped lead operations at two fish retailers in Seattle's famed Pike's Place Market. Though raised in Traverse City, Butzow has spent the bulk of his career in the Pacific Northwest creating a network of suppliers and distributors essential to bringing his style of fresh seafood operations in Michigan.

Moving his talents to Grand Rapids, Butzow and Fish Lads will sell a variety of local, freshwater fish as well as high-quality, seafood from the Pacific and Atlantic, flown in fresh daily. He has established relationships with local seafood distributors, which will help provide a presence in the Market.

"Michigan is on the rebound, and Grand Rapids is becoming known as a hot-spot for entrepreneurs and innovation. The Downtown Market is the hub for those of us who want to bring new food experiences to West Michigan consumers," said Butzow. "West Michigan's food scene is booming, and now is the right time to introduce a fresh, responsible, local seafood provider."

Fish Lads is committed to buying seafood from local fishermen who take the Great Lakes ecosystem seriously, which will allow him to offer fresher fish, clearer transparency, more relatable education, and a deeper connection with the environment. The company will maintain a watch list of coastal species to avoid seafood that is being overfished or depleted.

"Fishmongers are true artisans, masters of their craft, and passionate about their knowledge of seafood," said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Market. "Jeff brings with him a depth of experience to the Downtown Market that we hope will bring new awareness to our Great Lakes fisheries, and provide us with delicious seafood to eat. We are delighted he is choosing to create an entirely new business within our community of artisans."

The Downtown Market will be 138,000 sq. feet of fresh produce, artisan food, local farms and entertainment. The Market Hall will include 24 vendors and is designed to bring together artisans of all types to share, teach collaborate and spread their craft in the community.

By creating a Market Hall, featuring 24 artisan vendors, the Downtown Market is lowering barriers for area businesses to expand or relocate into Grand Rapids' urban core, bringing new investments into the community. The overall vision is to become the anchor for a Market District within the Heartside neighborhood, as well to serve as a community-gathering place that reflects the diversity and creativity of Grand Rapids and southwest Michigan.

Opening events for The Market are scheduled to launch on August 26, 2013.

 

 

August 5, 2013 update - Grand Rapids Downtown Market, an all-new destination for local food innovation, education and experimentation, today announced Tacos El Cuñado, a creator of fresh and local Mexican tacos, enchiladas, fajitas and quesadillas, as the newest vendor for the Downtown Market Hall.


Founded by Mario Cascante and Hector Lopez, Tacos El Cuñado at the Downtown Market will specialize in Latin American-inspired street food, with the goal of introducing and educating Market patrons and the broader public on the numerous flavors of Hispanic and Latino cuisines. It will also sell a thoughtful selection of Latin Amercan grocery items and prepared meats and meals to go

While the Market Hall venture is the first restaurant for the pair as business partners, Lopez has been in the restaurant business since the age of 15 and has owned many restaurants in Texas, Kansas and Michigan. This is Cascante's first restaurant.  The two were driven together by a mutual passion for food.

Although most Latin American countries share a common language, the differences between Mexico, Puerto Rico and other Latin American includes 500 years of separate histories, customs and flavor palates. El Cuñado will have a base menu of Mexican entrées, and a rotating set of specials from Costa Rica, and other Central and South American countries.

"Everyone is familiar with the taco, it is the quintessential Mexican street food, but every country has its own version of street food, and we are eager to educate and inform of the complexity of Latin American culture," said Cascante, co-founder of Tacos El Cuñado and Costa Rican by birth.

Tacos El Cuñado's menu will follow the same processes that have inspired generations of Latin American chefs and rely heavily on fresh and local ingredients. The partners have committed to sourcing locally made tortillas, beans and as much Michigan-grown produce as possible. Cascante and Lopez plan to partner with other Market Hall vendors to create items such as 'Tacos Del Mercado,' which will feature familiar ingredients sourced from within the Market, with different preparation.

"Like many preparers of authentic Mexican food, Hector was 'fresh and local' before 'fresh and local' became cool," said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Market. "Visitors to the Market Hall will find a constantly changing menu, which will introduce them to new flavors and experience new cultures."

Scheduled to open at the end of August, the Downtown Market will be 138,000 sq. feet of fresh produce, artisan food, local farms and entertainment. The Market Hall is designed to bring together artisans of all types to share, teach collaborate and spread their craft in the community.

The vision of the Downtown Market is to become the anchor for a Market District within the Heartside neighborhood, as well to serve as a community-gathering place that reflects the diversity and creativity of Grand Rapids and southwest Michigan.

The Market is scheduled to open at the end of August 2013.  Additional information on El Cuñado can be found at www.tacosGR.com or facebook.com/tacosGR.

 

 

June 13, 2013 update - Grocers Daughter Chocolatiers to open in the indoor marketGrand Rapids Downtown Market, an all-new destination for local food innovation, education and experimentation, today announced Grocer's Daughter, a world-class maker of artisan, hand-made chocolates and hand-dipped truffles, will expand from its home in Empire, Mich. and into the Market Hall.


Founded by Mimi Wheeler in 2004 out of her love for dark chocolate and deep connection to her garden, Grocer's Daughter is now owned by Jody Dotson and D.C. Hayden. While ownership has changed, the recipes have remained. Their chocolates are made with locally grown/blended products such as herbs, spices, berries, spirits, coffees and have received acclaim from across the country, being named as one of the top 5 chocolatiers in the nation.

"Fine chocolate is like fine wine, the hands of the artisan and farmers and the careful stewardship of the land is critical to the final product the consumer tastes," said Jody Dotson, co-owner of Grocer's Daughter. "The Downtown Market will give us access to the broader West Michigan food network, and we look forward to partnering with the growers and producers who make this region great."

Dotson and Hayden are home-grown, Michigan entrepreneurs and food advocates who believe in the relationship between consumers and local farmers and how chocolate can play a role in building Michigan's regional food network.

Grocer's Daughter's handmade chocolates are all-natural and incorporate many locally grown and value-added ingredients including herbs, fruits and spirits. All of their chocolate is sustainably grown and fairly traded from producers in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.

"The appreciation for artisan chocolate is increasing rapidly and we are thrilled to bring one of the best chocolatiers in the country to the Downtown Market," said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Market.

The vision of the Downtown Market is to become the anchor for a Market District within the Heartside neighborhood, as well to serve as a community-gathering place that reflects the diversity and creativity of Grand Rapids and southwest Michigan.

The Downtown Market follows a long tradition of urban markets that were once central components to the food systems in American cities. Today these emerging markets foster positive relationships among diverse groups of people, promote artisan food entrepreneurs and their crafts, encourage sustainable food production, and promote healthy living.

The Market is scheduled to open in August 2013.

 

 

May 16, 2013 update - Grand Rapids Downtown Market, an all-new destination for local food innovation, education and experimentation, today announced Sweetie-licious, the renowned bakery café in DeWitt, Mich. expand with a second location in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.


Owned and operated by Linda Hundt for more than ten years, Sweetie-licious specializes in pies and other sweet confections and has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the 2011 Crisco 100th Anniversary Innovation award and The Food Network's "Amazing Pie Challenge."

"I've been asked by many people to expand or relocate to a major market city, but expanding to Grand Rapids has been a long-time dream. The city and foodie culture and now the Downtown Market makes the city a perfect fit for my second store," said Hundt.

Hundt has been featured in numerous national and regional television segments, magazine and newspapers including the Today show, Country LivingMidwest Living, and Parade. She is a sought-after keynote speaker on topics including, business, life and love, as well as giving pie-baking demonstrations for hundreds of people at a time.

"West Michigan's food culture is attracting numerous interesting and creative food artisans from outside of the region, and we are thrilled the Downtown Market will become the focal point that brings them all together," said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Market. "Linda's bakery and café has helped turn DeWitt into a destination and we expect her baked goods and relationship with our other vendors will have a similar influence on our Market Hall."

The vision of the Downtown Market is to become the anchor for a Market District within the Heartside neighborhood, as well to serve as a community-gathering place that reflects the diversity and creativity of Grand Rapids and southwest Michigan.

The Downtown Market follows a long tradition of urban markets that were once central components to the food systems in American cities. Today these emerging markets foster positive relationships among diverse groups of people, promote artisan food entrepreneurs and their crafts, encourage sustainable food production, and promote healthy living.

The Market is scheduled to open in August 2013.

 

 

April 10, 2013 update - Art of the Table on Wealthy Street has teamed up with Cheesemonger and Chef Kate Leeder to open Aperitivo in the Downtown Market. Aperitivo will be a retail cheese shop, a wine and small bites tasting bar, and a wine and beer purveyor.

 

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market brings a new food shopping option to the Arena South area that will include purveyors from many segments of the food industry. At the forefront of Aperitivo's 1,200 square feet space will be 20 linear feet of cases full of cheese, charcuterie , pâté and other related items available for sample and sold by the pound. The knowledgeable staff will be available to guide in choosing cheese for hors d'oeuvres, party plates, lunch, dinner or dessert.

 

As an independently-owned, neighborhood specialty shop, Aperitivo will also specialize in affordable, everyday wines, many from boutique producers around the state and country as well as imported brands. An ever-changing selection of small-batch beer and ciders will round out the beverage selections.

 

In addition to retail and the tasting bar, Aperitivo will also host cheese classes and tastings as well as options such as 'grilled cheese of the day' and other small bites for purchase.

 

Find us on Facebook at:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aperitivo-Grand-Rapids/277794892353964?ref=hl

 

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April 9, 2013 update - Another new tenant has been announced: artisan bakery Field & Fire. Owner Shelby Kibler will bring his wood-fired techniques to bake Fresh baguettes, croissants, sourdough bread and more.

 

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March 21, 2013 update - Three more tenants have been announced: Old World Olive Press, Crescent Floral and Tony's Gourmet Kettle Corn

 

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March 4, 2013 update - The first two tenants of the indoor market have been announced: Love's Ice Cream and Michigan coffee roaster, Simpatico Coffee.

 

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A year-round hub of local food innovation, healthy-living education and right-before-your-eyes preparation. Opening Summer 2013.

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded the City of Grand Rapids a $1 million grant to support the redevelopment of an underutilized downtown property into a year-round, indoor-outdoor public market. The grant, funded by the voter-approved Clean Michigan Initiative Brownfield program, will pay to clean up contaminated soils and remove existing dilapidated buildings on the site in the city's Heartside neighborhood.

"We deeply appreciate the state's investment in the project and our community," saidCity of Grand Rapids Economic Development Director Kara Wood. "The urban market project will support West Michigan's growing local food movement, create opportunities for entrepreneurship, help stimulate hundreds of new jobs for area residents and serve as a catalyst for additional downtown redevelopment."


"This funding is a significant boost to the project and will allow our private fundraising
effort to focus exclusively on building the market rather than cleaning up the site," said Jon Nunn, executive director of Grand Action, a not-for-profit organization of civic leaders focused on advancing urban revitalization projects in Grand Rapids. "We are extremely grateful for this contribution."


Grand Action in March 2010 announced the findings and recommendations of a

feasibility study which determined a permanent public market could help catalyze urban revitalization, generate jobs and new economic activity and expand access to fresh foods in downtown Grand Rapids.


The study recommended a mixed-use development concept combining facilities for food
production and retailing, farmer produce distribution, tastings, a seasonal outdoor farmers' market, as well as food and health education. The former Sonneveldt site at the intersection of Ionia Avenue and Wealthy Street, which is owned by the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority, was identified as the preferred site based on, among other factors, its high visibility, potential to stimulate new investment and convenient accessibility by car, foot and transit.

The total estimated project development cost is $28 million. The MDEQ grant of $1

million, the maximum amount available to a single project, is based on the proposed project's ability to achieve such agency goals as the remediation of environmental contamination, leveraging of private investment and promotion of urban redevelopment. The funds enable the clean-up and building removal work to begin this winter on the proposed urban market site.

The MDEQ grant comes in addition to approximately $4.7 million in support committed by the Michigan Economic Growth Authority in November 2011. Grand Action continues to work closely with community partners to identify and pursue additional financing opportunities and develop a proposed construction timeline. If the project raises the necessary funding on a timely basis, the project partners anticipate opening the market for the 2013 season.


Monday, September 02, 2013
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