Public market’s shell is up; work inside continues
The new public market under construction in Quincy is enclosed, it has a name, and all but one of the vendor spaces inside have been taken.
During winter, the vendors will be busy finishing off their spaces and bringing in their equipment and goods, heading for opening for business in spring, it looks like.
The market is a project of Larry and Janet Jones. They broke ground on May 1 for the 22,500-square-foot building on the southwest corner of 10th Avenue SW and Highway 28.
Much of the metal, wood and stone elements are visible on the outside, and more is planned for inside. Janet Jones described the look they are going for as “contemporary, industrial, and rustic” – very Quincy.
One way they describe the building is as a working barn – several vendors will be making products inside and visitors can watch them do it – and as a public space for the community to feel welcome in.
As a community space, the Joneses are collecting children’s books for a children’s area in the market, and they plan to eventually have a piano, small stage area for entertainment and a good sound system. Washington Federal has committed to provide electronics and fixtures for a conference center, they said, and they have had a few other groups inquire about helping with the public area.
Vendors are being allowed free rein to design their space. The Joneses described the vendors lined up for the market as a good group of small businesses that will create an eclectic, inviting variety of spaces.
The public market concept is spreading. A public market is widely seen as a community focal point that adds to job creation, helps small businesses, increases tourism and improves the public’s access to fresh food.
Those qualities are part of the Joneses’ vision for the project, and they have many of their own ideas. About their concepts, they wrote: “Once at Pybus, we saw a group of friends pull several of the public space tables together, put on a tablecloth, cake, coffee, flowers – and had a birthday party. That is the type of thing we want our community to feel comfortable, enjoying the space. In addition to accommodating pop-up vendors, we envision crafters demonstrations, health fairs, whatever serves our community. It is a large space.”
Commenting further about the public market they are building for Quincy, Larry and Janet Jones provided the following information.
What is the name of the market you have chosen?
Quincy Public Market. We had many suggestions, but the market is about Quincy, and there is no doubt about exactly what it is by this simple name.
What is the forecast date or month for completion of construction of the building?
March 1 or earlier.
Do vendors finish their interior spaces sometime after the building is done? When?
Vendor spaces will be released to them to begin build-out Dec. 15.
Are you planning a grand opening?
To be determined. We will work with vendors on this.
How did construction go?
There were a lot more moving parts than we anticipated.
Have there been major changes in the design or concept for the project along the way?
No – we have followed Larry’s original vision.
Is this the most involved building project you have been a part of?
How well is the look of it or styling turning out – as you hoped?
How are you managing to lead the construction and run your other business operations?
I have good managers at Quincy Fresh and at the orchard.
What have you been hearing about the project from people in the community?
People seem positive and looking forward to it.
What have vendors been saying?
We are all excited, of course. But, for everyone, it is a huge commitment to the community of resources and time. Fingers crossed that it will be a good fit for vendors and Quincy and the surrounding areas in the Basin.
You have one space left for a vendor?
Yes, we are speaking with a good fit vendor on it.
The vendors committed so far are:
Pink Oven Bakery/Custom Cakes, pastries and fresh breads and rolls
Stick and Rudder coffee roaster and espresso
Flower Basket Floral & Gifts
Jones of Washington Tasting Room
Barb’s Place Boutique, Garden & Gifts
Fresh Market, meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, specialty foods
Jacks at the Market Restaurant & Pub
By Dave Burgess, email@example.com