Rockford indoor city market kicks off inaugural season


Live music and plenty of vendors.

Friday evening kicked off the first night of downtown’s new indoor city market. Organizers say the indoor version is meant to compliment it’s outdoor counterpart by offering more opportunities for vendors.

“[It] kind of activates downtown with something else going on,” said Rock River Development Partnership director Cathy McDermott. “Allows local goods to be sold right from the person that made it.”

One by one, dozens walked into the Rockford soft opening. All looking to get a glimpse of what was available.

“It’s kind of exciting,” said attendee Jay Larson. “A lot of good booths in there. Obviously, it’s not all open yet. But I think it’s going to make a great addition to city market.”

Many attendees walked out with a some new goods and a smile — already looking forward to their next visit.

“I work downtown, so to be able to come here and eat and be able to enjoy it,” said attendee Jeff Fahrenwald. “Just having the indoor and outdoor market.”

“I want to come back,” said attendee,” said Kullan Cravens. “Because after growing this [plant], I want to grow another one.”

Unlike the outdoor market, the indoor market will be open year-round.

“Downtown was basically dying,” said Larson. “It’s come a long way and I’m excited. We come down here often.”

Some of Friday’s vendors are familiar faces from past city markets but organizers say there’s plenty of new ones also.

“We’re also going to have different vendors here,” said McDermott. “It’s not always going to be the same vendors every week as it is outside. So you’re going to have a mixture of vendors in the winter markets.”


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