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The Pittsburgh Public Market celebrates its grand opening this Friday


If you haven't been to the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District, which opened softly on September 3rd, be sure to check it out this Friday, September 10th for the official grand opening. The 10,000 square foot space, which hosts over 40 vendors, is the first public market in Pittsburgh in 45 years.

The market features a diversity of small booth vendors, ranging from big name local operations wanting to fill a specific niche market to energetic startup operations hoping to make a name for themselves by virtue of the $25 per day rents. East End Brewery, for example, will be selling growlers to go. Be sure to pick up Indian seasonings or a meal-to-go from Spice by Tamarind, cure your sweet tooth at the Pittsburgh Candy Company, and grab some of the unique cured meats offered by the Crested Duck Charcuterie. There's more to the market than food though, with booths like the crafty Babouche, and boutique skin care product vendor Tracy's Treats.

The Pittsburgh Public Market is the brainchild of Neighbors in the Strip, which established a separate non-profit entity called the Strip District Market Counsel to run the operation. Plans for the market have been in development since 2003, and after extensive fundraising to the tune of $1.3 million and renovation work by architect Robert Indovina, the long awaited market is finally ready to become Pittsburgh's next major tourist attraction, small business incubator, and community resource.

The market is located in the Produce Terminal Building near 17th and Smallman Streets. The grand opening ceremony will begin at 9 am this Friday. The first 100 visitors will receive a free tote bag, and a variety of entertainers and surprises will fill the building throughout the weekend. We can't wait!

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Source: Becky Rodgers, Executive Director of Neighbors in the Strip
Writer: John Farley

Photograph copyright John Farley

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