Popular Questions

What are your holiday hours?

The Downtown Market is open 362 days a year! We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. 

2017 Holiday Schedule:

  • New Years Day: Closed
  • Easter Sunday: 10a-3p
  • Memorial Day: 9a-3p
  • Independence Day: 9a-5p
  • Labor Day: 9a-3p
  • Thanksgiving: Closed
  • Christmas Eve: 9a-3p
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • New Years Eve: 9a-3p

Is there an ATM at the Market?

Yes, the ATM is located outside on the front terrace, next to the main entrance.

Are there areas to store my bags while I shop?

We encourage you to bring shopping bags (reusable of course), as there are no food lockers at the Market. We do have small shopping carts and baskets you can use.

Where can I sit, relax, kick up my heels and eat?

Head upstairs to the second floor. We have both indoor and outdoor seating.

Where are the restrooms?

Both the men’s and women’s restrooms are located on the second floor.

Do you accept food assistance programs?

Yes, we do! Eligible merchants accept SNAP/EBT/Bridge Cards. Field & Fire, Relish Green Grocer, Malamiah Juice Bar, Madcap Coffee, and Aperitivo currently accepts food assistance.

Where can I park?

The Downtown Market has its own parking lot.

There is also plenty of nearby street parking, and both lots and ramps on Ionia Avenue, towards downtown. Click here.

Other frequently asked questions

Do you sell gift certificates?

Yes; we currently offer $10 and $25 denominations that can be used in the Market Hall, at either sit-down restaurant, or towards classes and merchandise. They're available for purchase at our Market administrative office, over the phone, or online.

Are you hiring?

Any available employment opportunities (for the Market or any of our tenants) are posted here.

How can I become a volunteer?

We love volunteers. You can find these opportunities here.

How do I find out more about leasing a space for my retail shop, restaurant, or office?

Leasing information can be found here. Or you can call 616-805-5308 ext 216.

Do you have parking spaces that are accessible?

You better believe it! Handicap parking/access is located along the west side of the building. There are additional ramps at the north end of the Market Shed, off Ionia near the Terrace, between the north terrace and parking lot, and near the west entrance. Learn more here.

Do you have bike racks?

Bike racks are located next to the building on Ionia Avenue and along the west side of the building.

Where does the bus stop?

The Rapid Transit bus system has a stop on Ionia near the parking lot entrance. It won't be long and the BRT will stop just a block away, straight up McConnell Street on Division. Learn more here.

Do you have a waiting list for classes?

Only if the class is sold out. Visit our Classes & Events calendar here.

Do you rent out spaces for events?

We have a variety of spaces that can host a diverse range of events. Click here to learn more.

If I rent a space, do I have to bring my own A/V?

Our conference rooms, banquet space, and teaching kitchen offer state of the art A/V systems to suit any events' needs. Microphones, smart TV's, built in sound and projection, and full wireless connectivity are only some of the options available.

How can I book my event at the Market?

We recommend that you contact us for a visit, and we’ll tour you around our spaces. We’ll even help you determine what area works best for you. From there, we will answer any and all questions and provide you with additional information to confirm the details. Click here.

How do I know there will be enough parking for my guests?

Please inquire for pre-paid reserved spaces for guests of an event.

Can I rent space in the greenhouse to grow my own products?

Not at this time. We use the greenhouse space to grow products for our tenants, and some of the plants are sold at Relish Green Grocer in the Market Hall.

Do you allow events in the Greenhouse?

We do! Our Greenhouse is a year-round event space. How cool is that?

Do you allow filming or photography shoots at the Market?

All filming or photography must be pre-approved and should not interfere with market business, traffic, or the public's enjoyment of the market. Click here for guidelines and the application form.