What started as a dream for a few community members soon became a reality, thanks to the leadership of Grand Action, the planning and consulting of Ted Spitzer, and the design implementation by Hugh A. Boyd Architects.
You can read on to learn more, or watch our video below, The Story Behind the Downtown Market.
The Market is a mixed-use facility that brings together local food production, education, and entrepreneurship opportunities. Our indoor facility features a 23-vendor market hall with two full-service restaurants, while dozens of artisans line our outdoor market shed during special events. We offer several exceptional spaces throughout the site, including a rentable Incubator Kitchen, rooftop greenhouses, and the nation’s first kid-friendly demonstration kitchen (you have to see it to believe it). The Market is LEED Gold certified, features a green roof, live walls, geotherm wells, a rain garden, and plenty of other innovative, sustainable features.
We wanted our Market’s location to serve as a focal point within the city while revitalizing a previously neglected area. The Market continues to spark redevelopment of nearby properties while reintroducing community neighbors to a once underutilized Grand Rapids locale.
Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Inc. operates the Market. Its board members include leaders from the local business, government and nonprofit sectors.