- Uptown Pensacola Market will hold its first weekly market Saturday at 7201 N. Ninth Ave.
- Between 15-17 vendors will set up shop in front of Trader Bo’s, Green with Envy and Uptown Market.
- The event will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
- At least five food trucks will be on hand, as will vendors selling produce, arts, crafts and more.
The head of three adjoined Pensacola businesses in the uptown area is helping to fill the outdoor market void left open by Palafox Market’s indefinite absence.
Bo Jones, who owns Trader Bo’s, Uptown Market and Green with Envy, and his staff have organized the first Uptown Pensacola Market, which will run Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Dunmire Village shopping plaza at 7201 N. Ninth Ave.
Between 15-17 vendors will safely space themselves out in the parking lot of the three aforementioned storefronts. Half a dozen food trucks will be in attendance, as will vendors selling locally-grown produce, arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles and more.
“Since we opened Green with Envy and Uptown Market we started getting more and more local vendors wanting to come in that couldn’t actually come into the store for retail purposes, so this is about trying to give them an outlet,” Jones said Thursday. “A place to sell their product.”
Owner Bo Jones creates an orchid arrangement at Green With Envy at Dunmire Village in Pensacola on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Jones and his three businesses at Dunmire Village will be hosting the Uptown Pensacola Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Confirmed food trucks include Hot Spot Barbecue, the Po Boy Shack, Joe’s Caribe, Wacked Out Weiner and Sneaky Tiki Shaved Ice. Additionally, there will be a truck selling fresh-cut flowers.
“All these businesses and individuals are local, as local as possible,” Jones said. “(There will be) farmers here, painters, craft makers. Support the community, that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Saturday’s Uptown Pensacola Market will be a weekly event, Jones said. Its emergence should fill a void for shoppers longing for Palafox Market’s return downtown, something Pensacola is unlikely to see until August at the earliest.
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Lissa Dees, executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board, gave an update on the market during the board’s regular meeting Wednesday and said that because of a rise in cases of the coronavirus in the area, and a ban on large gatherings, the market likely won’t come back next month.
“Quite a few vendors that are normally at Palafox Market reached out to us, and some will be here Saturday,” Jones said. “I reached out to Palafox Market and said, ‘Hey, I know you’re in a conflict right now so feel free to send us your vendors. At least let’s get them back to working.'”
Jones said he and his vendors are conscious of COVID-19’s lingering impact and said he will have hand sanitizer available at all three stores. He also asked customers to consider wearing a mask.
“We’re wanting to start it off kind of small just to be cautious of everything going on,” added Jones, who said he’s taken down the information of interested vendors but is turning some away, at least for this week, in order to properly distance trucks and kiosks Saturday.
Uptown Market at Dunmire Village in Pensacola on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Trader Bo’s, Green With Envy, and Uptown Market at Dunmire Village will be hosting the Uptown Pensacola Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo: email@example.com)
Jones expects the size of the market to grow as the weeks go on.
Parking both in front of and behind the three storefronts is free Saturday.
Customers also have a drive-thru option outside the Studer Community Institute building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The address is 220 W. Garden St. The SCI market was in the planning stages prior to COVID and is expected to continue.
More on the three host businesses
Uptown Market: Sells “unique, local, specialty food, beverages, prepared meals, and related accessories and accents. To make your gathering, your gift, or your home something truly expressive.”
Trader Bo’s: “A storefront that gives local artists that create pottery, woodworking, glass, furniture, & other unique crafts a pleasant environment to make a name for their brand while giving customers a shop for finds that are a cut above the rest.”
Green with Envy: “Brings a variety of orchid arrangements, tropical arrangements, plants, unique solid aluminum patio furniture, planters, urns, hanging baskets, wall art, garden art, candles, unique gifts, glazed planters, terra cotta planters, birdbaths” and much more.
Jake Newby can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-435-8538.
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