North Market in Columbus, Ohio is that city’s only public market. Established in 1876, North Market is home to butchers, bakers and candy makers, greengrocers, restaurateurs and purveyors of everything from exotic spices to innovative cookware. Dozens of interesting, independent merchants and farmers deliver quality goods and personal services from here, and many small, successful businesses have been launched from North Market.
Open every day of the week, over a million people visit each year, selecting from the fresh produce, cheeses, fresh pasta, ethnic food specialties, gourmet ice creams, sorbets, teas, candies, flowers, gifts and more! Merchants are friendly, and eager to share their knowledge and advice.
Interestingly, North Market was born in 1876 at the city’s public cemetery at 29 Spruce Street. Then known as the North End Market, it was the second of four public markets in Columbus. The market has seen its share of excitement, surviving a 1948 fire that completely destroyed it, temporary closings and the threat of demolition; the North Market lives on nonetheless.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the North Market Development Authority was created to promote the market and to preserve the culture of the historic market, which is now recognized as one of the finest public markets in the country.
The NMDA negotiated the city’s 1992 purchase of the former Advanced Thresher warehouse at 59 Spruce Street. The NMDA spearheaded a capital campaign to finance building renovations of the former warehouse, and the market was re-opened at its current location in November 1995. Today, North Market is home to dozens of unique artisans under a 44,000-square-foot roof.
Some of the merchants do take Mondays off, so not all shops are open that day, but it does provide for a quieter shopping experience and more time with the individual merchants who are present. A recent trip to North Market yielded tender, fresh pasta, amazing gourmet ice creams and sorbets, spices not easily found elsewhere, serious teas, beautiful candy creations, flavorful cheeses and so much more.
Check out the slideshow for some glimpses of North Market, then take a road trip to Columbus and see for yourself what unique items await you at the North Market.
The North Market is open as follows:
- Mondays – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (select merchants only)
- Tuesdays through Fridays – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturdays – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sundays – Noon – 5 p.m.
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