Uptown Market consolidates next to Intermedia Arts and lowers vendor fees

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When a group of neighbors first got together more than four years ago, we had lots of big ideas and enthusiasm, but not much else. Fast forward to the present, and the Uptown Market is a local fixture and an exciting Sunday destination during the summer. But being a fixture doesn’t mean we’re done changing and improving. We are excited to report that the Market will start its 2012 season in a new location adjacent to Intermedia Arts.

Uptown Market will be located in the Intermedia Arts parking lot, 2822 Lyndale Avenue. The new location offers many advantages, including the opportunity for an improved vendor layout, proximity to businesses on Lyndale Avenue and access to the market from both Aldrich and Lyndale. Just like our old location on 29th Street, the Market will be easy to get to on bike or on foot. We look forward to working with Intermedia Arts, an organization that also serves the local arts community.

In an effort to better serve local artists and craftspeople, the market is lowering its vendor fees for one-day-at-a-time vendors from $40 to $25 per market event. The lower vendor fees are possible because of contributions from neighborhood residents and sponsors. The Board hopes that this change will result in a more vibrant market and a diversity of vendors and products.

The 2012 season will begin June 10, with the first event coinciding with Open Streets Minneapolis. The Market will run through September 30 with market events every Sunday throughout the summer. It will continue to offer a mix of fresh local produce, food trucks, prepared food, art and crafts.

Uptown Market fills an important niche in the Uptown community. We believe that Uptown is not just a shopping and entertainment destination, but also a neighborhood with artists, artisans, craftspeople, small business people and, of course, neighbors. Uptown Market creates a gathering place and a place for local entrepreneurs to pitch their wares. It helps connect Uptown residents with local farmers to keep us all eating locally. It’s a great place to grab lunch on a Sunday, do your grocery shopping, buy an interesting gift and connect with friends from the neighborhood.

We would like to sincerely thank all of our hard-working and dedicated volunteers, community members and local businesses who have made financial contributions to make the Market possible. The Market is entirely run by volunteers, with no paid staff. Interested in vending, volunteering or supporting the market? Please check out our website at www.uptownmarket.org. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Brendan Jordan is Chair of the Uptown Market Managing Board and lives in CARAG.