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District Marketplace owner chooses new home, plans kickoff party

District Marketplace’s founder is moving his market from First and Cleveland to a new spot downtown.
District Marketplace’s founder is moving his market from First and Cleveland to a new spot downtown. District Marketplace

District Marketplace has a new home.

But its founder, Don Hutchins, isn’t saying exactly where it will be until a big kickoff party he’s scheduled for Aug. 6.

Last week, Hutchins and the owner of the property at 146 Cleveland where District Marketplace has been operating since April decided to part ways, saying they had different visions for the market’s future.

Lot owner Bill Jackson said he will continue the second Saturday markets with his tenant, Janelle King, and has plans to enhance the lot next year, possibly constructing a shopping mall made of colorful shipping containers.

Hutchins said he’s found a permanent home for his market on a green, grassy space downtown. He’ll announce exactly where it is during his kickoff party, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at 675 S. Commerce St. The new permanent space is nearby, he said.

Hutchins said he has 24 food trucks lined up for the event as well as six bands and a list of artists and vendors.

He also said he’ll announce soon the permanent date for his markets, but it won’t be on second Saturdays, when his former partners put on their market.

“There’s no divide,” he said. “I love it all. We decided to have it on a different weekend so both can succeed and prosper.”

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