City Market has history. Have you ever wondered about those old buildings or that cobblestone street?
On October 1, 1914, articles in the Raleigh News & Observer reported on the troops in Europe readying themselves for The Great Conflict. They reported that the price of cotton was just ten cents a pound. But the headline that most captivated Raleigh citizens on that day was, “A New Market Is Now Open – Thousands Throng the Building While Ceremonies Are In Progress.”
This new “City Market” flourished as a center of downtown Raleigh for the following three decades. Farmers from the eastern part of the state came regularly in their trucks and horse drawn carts bringing produce, poultry, seafood, and flowers. Home baked goods were also a favorite among Raleigh citizens. Every Saturday you could find farmers gathered at the Market and people picnicking with their families in Moore Square, which locals called “The Grove.”
Today’s City Market has modern allure and all of the charm it held in the early 1900s. The streets are made of cobblestone and lit by old-fashioned lanterns. The shops and restaurants are as diverse as their proprietors, and most are independent businesses that are staples of the downtown community. There are always special events going on at City Market.
On the first Friday of each month, you can stroll the streets of historic City Market and celebrate great art, music, and shopping. Retail stores, restaurants, and art galleries open their doors for extended hours. First Friday, as it’s called, is such a fun City Market event. If you want to feel like you’re out of town on a little vacation, head down to Blake Street between Blount and Person Streets. Local bands perform in front of Big Ed’s right across from Cobblestone Hall from April through October, beginning at 7 pm. The trees are lit with white lights that stretch across the cobblestone street. Families sit on the curb listening to the band. The atmosphere is quaint.
It’s such a pleasure to have The Handmade Market in this historic area, in a building with such character and charm. Check out First Friday on May 3rd, then come to The Handmade Market on Saturday, May 4th!
Thank you City Market for your continued sponsorship!