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Take Two for this thread (since the original thread got lost in the great summer server collapse of 2013).  The North Market had some big news to report over the July 4th weekend.  Since there was no existing North Market thread, here is a brief background about the North Market.

 

The original North Market was established in 1876 at Spruce and High Streets on the city's north side.  It joined three other public markets established in the 19th century - the Central Market in downtown, the West Market in Franklinton and the East Market on the near east side of the city.  By the mid-20th century, the North Market was the only remaining public market.  In 1947, a fire forced the North Market to a new location a half-block west of Spruce & High.  The North Market Merchant’s Association purchased a surplus World War II Quonset hut and placed on a city-owned parking lot.

 

This "temporary" Quonset hut served as the North Market from 1947 to 1995, when the market moved another half-block west into a renovated two-story warehouse building facing Front Street.  This warehouse building was purchased by the City of Columbus and renovated by the newly formed North Market Development Authority.  The Quonset hut building was removed and its property turned into a public parking lot serving the new North Market location.  The following site maps and aerials show the existing building and parking lot that comprise the current North Market.

 

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This is a view of the renovated two-story warehouse building from Spruce & Front looking southeast.  Note the downtown development in the background - including the Nationwide Insurance HQ Tower (middle) and the Arena Crossing Apartments (far right) built in the nearby Arena District.

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This is a view of the renovated two-story warehouse building from Vine & Front looking northeast.  This was taken in front of the previously mentioned Arena Crossing Apartments at the corner of the Vine & Front intersection opposite the market.  At the far right in the photo is another residential development at Vine & Front - the Battleship Building Condos.  So named because of its riveted metal exterior.

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Although the warehouse building is two-stories, most of the upper floor was left open to the roof - where new skylights were installed.  The loft space on the second floor has been used as a combination of office space for market management staff, restaurant space and event space for the market.

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The entire ground floor is devoted to merchant space - which include of mixture of bakeries, produce stands, food stands and specialty goods stores.  The 36 current merchants serve a diverse customer base - which includes neighborhood residents, downtown office workers and visitors from the nearby convention center.

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The North Market even gets the occasional celebrity visitor - like when Vice President Joe Biden showed up in 2012 to ham it up and sample waffles at the Taste of Belgium stall.

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This is a view of the North Market from its parking lot looking west.  It is a public parking lot - but rates are structured to encourage its use for the North Market.  If you park there for under 2 hours and purchase something at the North Market, you pay a reduced rate.  Anything else is a much higher rate.

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This side of the North Market property also has an exterior canopy and plaza.  These are used primarily on the weekends by farmers market vendors and for other special events.

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This side also contains a large neon sign, which serves as the primary signage for the North Market.

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This is a close-up view of part of that sign.  The "O" in the "North" part of the sign contains a rooster head.

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The rooster also serves as the mascot for the North Market and is used in promotions for the market.

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More about the history of the North Market from the North Market website, Wikipedia and a 2005 Short North Gazette article on the 10th anniversary of the market in its renovated warehouse building:

 

http://www.northmarket.com/about-us

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Market

 

http://www.shortnorth.com/MarketAnniversary.html

 

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And here's the North Market development news reported back on July 4th by Columbus Underground.  The first article details near-term improvements involving the existing warehouse building.  The second article looks at longer-term plans for the North Market that might expand its existing size.  Below are the links:

 

North Market to Undergo Major Renovations This Fall

 

North Market Could Double in Size According to Long-Term Plan

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The trend downtown in recent years has been converting one-way streets back to two-way traffic.  So this two-way to one-way conversion for part of Vine Street and Spruce Street around the North Market at first seems to go against this welcome trend.  However, in this limited case it seems to make sense.

 

The Convention Center and the North Market petitioned the City for the traffic change due to congestion being caused by inflow and outflow of vehicles using the Vine Street Parking Garage.  Vehicles making left turns into the garage would snarl traffic outside the garage.  Also, vehicles making left turns from the garage would snarl traffic exiting the garage.  The new one-way traffic flow eliminates those left turns and should make for easier use of this heavily used parking garage.  One bonus will be the addition of seven new on-street parking spaces on Vine Street.  Below are two reports about this from Columbus Underground and the Dispatch:

 

Columbus Underground: Vine Street Partially Converting to One-Way for Parking Garage Traffic

 

Columbus Dispatch: City: One-way streets to ease Vine St. garage tie-ups

 

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A little more background about the North Market.  The North Market has faced a shake-up in its management and its vendors.  As Columbus Monthly reported in their February 2013 report (linked below), January 2013 saw the retirement of its 12-year executive director David Wible.  At the same time, several vendors departed.  All this coincided an already-in-the-works summit to determine how the market should adapt to changes like an increase of downtown residents and a proliferation of specialty and farmers markets that compete with the market.

 

The result of that summit was to reposition some the existing vendors and attract new vendors for the North Market.  The North Market board also hired a new executive director to implement this "market shift" (linked below).  Along with this shift was an internal upgrade of the market's ventilation system.  This $1.2-million project, which should be finished by next month, will eliminate the "odor conflicts" that sometimes occur between vendor stalls that cook and/or prep food in the market with other vendor stalls that do not.

 

Columbus Monthly: Market Shift - Big changes hit city’s indie food hub

 

ThisWeekNews: New North Market director is dreaming big

 

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The excellent Columbus Underground website has been all over these evolutionary changes to the North Market.  Below are links to their reports.  The top link - 'Project Update: North Market Renovations and Relocations' - is an all-encompassing report that links to the other reports listed below.  Plus it contains many photos of the new vendor locations and some construction photos of the on-going ventilation project:

 

Project Update: North Market Renovations and Relocations

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Two more reports from Columbus Underground about the North Market tenant changes: 

 

The first is about a new location for Nida's Sushi in the building.  The second is about Pistacia Vera opening a location in the building.  Pistacia Vera is a bakery that has been successfully operating a German Village store for the past few years.  The additional North Market location is somewhat taking the bakery back to its roots when it first opened in the Short North under the name Pistachio.

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/nidas-sushi-relocating-at-the-north-market-aw1

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/pistacia-vera-joins-the-north-market-family

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One of German Village's culinary institutions - Katzinger’s Deli - is opening a satellite location within the North Market.  More about this from Columbus Underground and Business First:

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/north-market-welcomes-new-vendor-katzingers-deli-aw1

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/01/katzingers-setting-up-deli-in-the.html

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Couple of coming event related news for the North Market from CU. 

 

- North Market will transform their parking lot into a temporary drive-in movie theater on May 3, June 13, and July 25:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/north-market-to-show-drive-in-movies-this-summer

 

- The North Market's former Artisan Sundays event will evolve into a pop-up artisan flea market on the outdoor Farmers’ Market Pavilion area from June 8 to October 26:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/north-market-to-host-weekly-artisan-flea-market-events

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Stauf’s taking over A Touch of Earth space at North Market

 

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There will be some new coffee brewing at North Market.

 

A Touch of Earth, which has been serving sustainable coffee and local-sourced products since 1981, will give way to Stauf’s Coffee Roasters later this month.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/06/10/stauf-s-taking-over-a-touch-of-earth-space-at.html

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Hope that is a joke. Nice photoshopping!

 

Haha! So am I not the only one who is disappointed by this "tower?"

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Considering we've been hearing about it for well over a decade, I was really expecting something more substantial.

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That would look great in front of an EIFS church in Obetz.

 

Jeez obetz just has that one old church that I know of. Now refugee between 33 and eastland mall has that stuff in spades near the dead putt-putt and the old frank's nursery.

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Hope that is a joke. Nice photoshopping!

 

Haha! So am I not the only one who is disappointed by this "tower?"

 

This looks like a very cheap homage to the Salvation Army. What was the budget for this? Forty dollars?

 

All of Ohio should be very proud.

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Hot Chicken Takeover to Pop-Up Inside North Market for The Winter

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

November 6, 2014 - 1:19 pm

 

In the short amount of time since their launch earlier this year, Hot Chicken Takeover has quickly become a local favorite.  The restaurant’s outdoor summertime setup lends itself well to community-centric picnic luncheons, but does not work quite as well during the colder months.  That problem gets solved today, as HCT owner Joe DeLoss has announced plans to operate inside The North Market from December through May of next year.

 

“We have been searching for options to keep operations running through the winter and North Market was such a perfect match,” says DeLoss.  “It shares the same mission of community, food and connection. I approached the Market and they had a temporary space available in the NoMa Kitchen and I seized the opportunity.”

 

The NoMa Kitchen is located upstairs on the south end of the building.  The space was once home to Braddock’s Diner, but has operated as event space since the diner closed several years ago.  With the space formerly operating as a restaurant, it lends itself well to hosting a pop-up concept like Hot Chicken Takeover.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/hot-chicken-takeover-to-pop-up-inside-north-market-for-the-winter

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Little Eater Opening Inside The North Market

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

November 11, 2014 - 1:22 pm

 

The North Market announced their newest tenant today with the addition of Little Eater, a locally-based healthy food vendor that has been popping up inside local grocers for the past few years.  Owner and Chef Cara Mangini is no stranger to the North Market, with her products having already been for sale through the Greener Grocer.

(. . .)

The addition of Little Eater will bring the North Market back to 100-percent occupancy following a year of construction and relocation of vendors throughout the building.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/little-eater-opening-inside-the-north-market

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Greener Grocer closing at North Market, new tenant lined up

By Dan Eaton, Staff reporter

Columbus Business First - Dec 10, 2014, 4:08pm EST

 

The North Market is getting a new produce provider.  The market, which last month filled its last open stall, will have another space open up, though it won't be vacant for long.  The Greener Grocer will close Dec. 31, according to a press release from the market.  Owner Michael Jones will be putting more focus on Good Food Enterprises, an organization he started a year ago.

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Rick Harrison Wolfe, North Market executive director, said the market is in final negotiations with a produce-selling tenant with a target opening in the spring, just in time for the Ohio growing season.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/12/10/greener-grocer-closing-at-north-market-new-tenant.html

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Columbus looks to dial back support for the North Market

Operation made money in 2014

By Lucas Sullivan & JD Malone, The Columbus Dispatch

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 5:41 AM

 

A 20-year lease the City of Columbus signed with the North Market Development Authority, a nonprofit group that oversees the market, is set to expire in November.  A new lease is being negotiated, and both sides know it won’t be nearly as generous as the last.  Still, the City wants to sustain what has become a true jewel.

 

Twenty years ago, there was no Arena District or Nationwide Arena, and the Greater Columbus Convention Center was just in its first phase.  The success of a reconceived North Market was far from a sure thing.  The City charged just $1 a year in rent for the building and parking lot.

 

As landlord, the City also pays for the market’s exterior upkeep and has spent more than $2.2 million for capital improvements in the past two years ($1.2 million was spent on a new ventilation system in 2013 and the market’s roof is being replaced at a cost of more than $1 million).

 

The City wants the next lease to require that the market set aside money to pay for improvements.  City officials said they don’t expect the market to be self-sustaining, just less of a drag on the city’s budget.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/01/11/market-closer-to-viability.html

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North Market Expanding Hours of Operation

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

February 25, 2015 - 11:36 am

 

Starting in April, shoppers will be able to spend a little bit more time at The North Market with expanded hours throughout the week.  The market will remain open until 7pm on Saturdays and Monday will no longer be an “optional” day for merchants, which in the past has meant a partially-open scenario where half the vendors remained closed.

 

Beginning on April 1st, the North Market will officially be open Sunday and Monday from 10am to 5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 7pm.  North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe says that the expansion of building hours has long been something requested by shoppers.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/north-market-expanding-hours-of-operation

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So Destination Donuts opened this month, and apparently the North Market is down to only one vacancy.

 

I'd say it's time to build that long-rumored expansion!  :wink:

 

Destination Donuts Opens, North Market Close to Full Occupancy

 

Local favorite Destination Donuts opened this month as the North Market's 32nd vendor, bringing the popular city-owned market very close to enjoying 100% occupancy. Destination Donuts had hosted pop-ups at the market for several years, but as of May 8th now operates a full-time retail shop.

 

Once Little Eater Produce and Provisions opens this summer (replacing The Greener Grocer), the North Market will only have a single vacancy - space which was left empty by the closure of Expressly Market Bakery earlier this year.

 

http://columbusight.com/2015/05/18/destination-donuts-opens-north-market-close-to-full-occupancy/

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Two more bits of good news for the North Market:

 

- The upstairs restaurant, Hot Chicken Takeover, signed a three year lease to stay at the North Market:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/hot-chicken-takeover-to-become-permanent-at-north-market

 

- The Ohio Legislature passed a bill making it okay to buy craft beer or wine sold at the North Market and drink it there.  Or, as Business First put it in their linked article, "You'll be able to have a beer with your Hot Chicken Takeover". (Prior to this, drinking at the North Market was allowed only during special events.)  The sponsors of the bill noted that this would place the North Market on an equal footing with some local grocery stores that also allow customers to drink wine and beer on site:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/morning_call/2015/05/morning-roundup-legislation-oks-drinking-at-north.html

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Brief fun video tour of the North Market featuring Crew defender and Austria native Emanuel Pogatetz:

 

 

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The Little Eater has opened up Little Eater Produce and Provisions in the North Market.  This fills the market's produce provider void when the Greener Grocer closed.  More about it from Business First and CU:

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2015/07/23/north-market-has-a-fresh-produce-shop-again.html

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/first-look-little-eater-produce-and-provisions

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Dos Hermanos Opening inside North Market

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

August 18, 2015 - 9:58 am

 

Local food truck Dos Hermanos is making the jump into a full time brick-and-mortar space, landing inside The North Market this fall. ... Dos Hermanos is owned by local entrepreneurial husband-and-wife team Lisa and Vicente Gutierrez.

( . . . )

Dos Hermanos will be located in the currently vacant spot on the south end of the building, in between Brezel and Omega Artisan Baking.  They are aiming for an October 1st opening date, which will return the Market to 100% vendor capacity.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/dos-hermanos-opening-inside-north-market

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North Market is Officially “Full” Today with the Opening of Dos Hermanos

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

October 14, 2015 - 12:37 pm

 

The final vacant vendor stall at The North Market is officially filled today as Dos Hermanos opens for business.  A series of relocations and mechanical upgrades to the building had vendors changing places while some vendors have left (Pure Imagination, Greener Grocer) and other new ones have joined (Destination Donuts, Stauf’s), so the return to full capacity marks the end of a transitional state for the North Market.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/mexican-food-downtown-columbus

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Recent North Market comings and goings.  The best recent news was that North Market customers will be able to “sip and stroll” for the first time.  House Bill 37, in addition to eliminating the alcohol cap on beer made and sold in the state, also made it legal for customers to buy wine or beer in the North Market and walk around the building as they shop — an amenity common in many of today’s newer grocery stores:

 

-- New butcher signed, 'sip and stroll' happy hours coming soon:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/08/17/north-market-update-new-butcher-signed-sip-and.html

 

-- Pam’s Market Popcorn Leaving The North Market:  http://www.columbusunderground.com/pams-market-popcorn-leaving-the-north-market

 

-- North Market's big cheese(monger) retiring:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/06/north-markets-big-cheese-monger-retiring.html

 

-- North Market turns to jelly maker for new cheese shop:  http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/13/north-market-turns-to-jelly-maker-for-new-cheese.html

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Potentially huge development news for the North Market:

 

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City to Solicit Proposals for Developing North Market Parking Lot

By Brent Warren, Columbus Underground

September 14, 2016 - 6:00 pm

 

The City of Columbus will be releasing a Request for Proposals next month, seeking ideas for developing the North Market parking lot.  Although the city does not plan on specifying exactly what should be built on the one-acre lot (or how tall it should be), the level of interest from both local and national developers is likely to be intense.

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Development Director Steve Schoeny said that he and North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe have been discussing plans for the site off and on for the last three years, since Wolfe first floated some ideas about the future of the market in an interview with Columbus Underground.  Developers started approaching both men soon after that article was published, they said.

 

The RFP will not prescribe use or height, but instead rely on the developer to come up with a program that meets the goals of both the city and the market.  “With the RFP we want to see if we can accomplish four objectives,” said Schoeny.  “To improve the market’s physical space, to improve the market financially, to improve the neighborhood as a whole, and to do all of this while maintaining operations.”

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/north-market-parking-lot-development-bw1

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^ Wow. Potentially huge news indeed. Hoping something big comes out of the RFP and that the city moves forward with it. This could really take the NM and entire mini-district that surrounds it to the next level.

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