Oh City Market, you don’t look a day over 75!
Historic City Market, that fabulous area in downtown Raleigh filled with restaurants, shops, and art galleries recently turned 100!
City Market opened its doors on September 30, 1914. It was THE place in Raleigh to get poultry, seafood, produce, baked goods, and even flowers. It was a place where vendors sold their goods side by side. That was in the 1920s and 30s. In the 40s, the ‘supermarket’ hit the scene, and things slowed down for City Market. A long time went by before City Market made a comeback — by 1959 the cobblestone streets had been paved over and Market Hall had been sold.
When City Market was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, revitalization efforts began. Even the asphalt was chipped away to reveal the cobblestones once again. The Handmade Market is held in Cobblestone Hall, the very spot that was once Market Hall. Step into the market and feel the history.
Have you been downtown for First Friday lately? It’s one of our favorite City Market offerings, where you’ll walk among white lights strung over cobblestone streets. Retail shops and restaurants extend their hours. Street performers, corn hole games, and live music spill out onto the streets. It’s where you just may feel like you are out of town on a little vacation, when in fact, you are really enjoying a little piece of history right here at home!
And did you get to shop at the Raleigh City Farmers’ Market this summer? They set up under the awnings at Cobblestone Hall every Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm. They’ll be back next spring, so tuck that in the back of your mind!
There is ALWAYS something going on in City Market. Check out the calendar of events on their website to see what you and your family can be a part of.
Start with The Handmade Market! Help us give a big shout of THANKS to City Market for being a top sponsor. They have sponsored The Handmade Market from the minute we stepped foot onto their beautiful cobblestone streets!Share this: