Des Moines Public Market
A public market at Firehouse No. 1 at 900 Mulberry St. is an exciting concept that builds upon an existing community resource, bringing together local food, art, entertainment, educational opportunities and much more. A public market answers a call from the community by invigorating a creative environment and continuing the vision of a vibrant, collaborative community.
Kristi Knous, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
The following organizations are collaborating on the concept and business development of a public market in Downtown Des Moines (DSM): Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Christensen Development, architecture and engineering firm BBS, Polk County, City of Des Moines, Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership.
Typically, a public market hosts a variety of owner-operated shops or vendor areas and typically provides fresh and often locally grown food or produce for purchase year-round. The vision of a public market is to create a flexible space that further develops a community around local food, art, entertainment and innovation. The project offers a hub for culinary classes and experiences, educational engagement and outreach, entrepreneurial activities and unique events.
Public markets have been successful in other U.S. cities, including: Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Portland and Milwaukee, and many cities around the world. This is an opportunity to bring to life a vision that will have a positive impact on the Western Gateway neighborhood, Downtown and the region as a whole.
Jay Byers, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Rick Tollakson, Hubbell Realty Company
Kelly Foss, Downtown Farmers' Market
Firehouse No. 1 Rentals
Courtney Shaw | Vice President of Communications
Greater Des Moines Partnership