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1 hour ago, GR_Urbanist said:

Unfortunately what she is looking for wont happen until The Downtown Market: Phase Two development....if there is ever one.

Or it wont happen until the North Monroe Market opens, which is my prediction.

Tell me more about this North Monroe market, please.

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36 minutes ago, mielsonwheels said:

Tell me more about this North Monroe market, please.

Sadly it's only a fantasy of mine. Something that I hope would be established at the intersection of Bond and Fairbanks (I love the warehouse look of the area and the still visible railway tracks), in a series of massive mixed-use buildings, with all of the outlets people have seen at the more famous markets in Toronto or Seattle.

 

Here is the spot:

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.975182,-85.6713034,3a,75y,208.5h,70.43t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1slAEwjNBM4u9YESLmsYpO7g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

I can almost picture it! I'm going to have to dig out SketchUp and Photoshop and try to mock this up.

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I wasn't sure if I should put this here or in the "Heartside" thread, but across the street from the market in the ground floor of the Klingman Lofts, a bar called "Craft Beer Cellars" is looking to open. 

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13 hours ago, GRDadof3 said:

I wasn't sure if I should put this here or in the "Heartside" thread, but across the street from the market in the ground floor of the Klingman Lofts, a bar called "Craft Beer Cellars" is looking to open. 

https://www.craftbeercellar.com/franchise-info

Looks like it is more of a Craft Beer store. They require their employees to hold at least one of two different beer tasting certificates in order to work there.

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Regarding any retail at Klingman (or Baker) lofts, I was told there is 'street' parking only.  In reality, that's the dirt lot.  Sorry, but when customer experience includes, "I couldn't park anywhere", you're gonna have a bad time.

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WAs at the Vintage Market yesterday, and going inside, it seems like there are a few more empty spots from last month. Also it seems like the butcher is still "under development".

Not to say that the filled spaces didnt make up for it in some activity, but it didn't make for a great visual.

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1 hour ago, GR_Urbanist said:

WAs at the Vintage Market yesterday, and going inside, it seems like there are a few more empty spots from last month. Also it seems like the butcher is still "under development".

Not to say that the filled spaces didnt make up for it in some activity, but it didn't make for a great visual.

Loves moved stalls to be over by their new pizza shop and then the sushi place took over loves old stall. The crepe place just left. Talking to someone who knows the Fish Lads people, it seems like they are just taking their time with the butcher shop and are in no rush.

The two empty stalls are going to be used for a series of pop up shops on the weekends. http://downtownmarketgr.com/news/downtown-market-announces-pop-up-vendor-opportunities-in-market-hall

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Saw a Facebook post over the weekend from MooseJaw that they were coming to Grand Rapids.  The only hint they would drop regarding location was that it was "near the market".  Not sure what building they have in mind, but there are some theories around Klingman's.

https://www.facebook.com/moosejaw/photos/a.247264431438.137480.6079241438/10153834542796439/?type=3&theate

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25 minutes ago, Sparty97 said:

Saw a Facebook post over the weekend from MooseJaw that they were coming to Grand Rapids.  The only hint they would drop regarding location was that it was "near the market".  Not sure what building they have in mind, but there are some theories around Klingman's.

https://www.facebook.com/moosejaw/photos/a.247264431438.137480.6079241438/10153834542796439/?type=3&theate

It will be in Klingman Lofts in the corner facing the market. 

 

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28 minutes ago, GRDadof3 said:

Moosejaw clothing store? Awesome. 

https://www.facebook.com/moosejaw/?fref=ts

Yes. 99.99999999999999999% sure. 

When we were working on leasing at Klingman for our store (before we signed in East Hills) we were told that the neighbor was going to be an outdoor clothing/gear store with a national presence. We had already guessed Moosejaw and this confirms that is who it would have been. 

 

 

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31 minutes ago, GVSUChris said:

Yes. 99.99999999999999999% sure. 

When we were working on leasing at Klingman for our store (before we signed in East Hills) we were told that the neighbor was going to be an outdoor clothing/gear store with a national presence. We had already guessed Moosejaw and this confirms that is who it would have been. 

 

I'm glad to see Klingman's retail space filling up.  These are nice complements to the Downtown Market.   As I've said before It would be nice to see a new mixed use building on the Spectrum Industries vacant land on Ionia right across from the market. 

GVSUChris, remind me again what you have planned in East Hills?

 

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24 minutes ago, GVSUChris said:

We have opened (literally 38 minutes we just opened) Books & Mortar Bookstore on Cherry Street. I might post a few pictures on the East Hills forum later of the opening day. The support from GR has been unreal and we've been overwhelmed by the droves of people offering support! GR is definitely moving towards a sustainable retail scene that we're excited to be a part of. (Total side-note, we just moved  to Grand Rapids from Chicago to do this and we have not regretted the decision once!) 

Awesome!

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30 minutes ago, GVSUChris said:

We have opened (literally 38 minutes we just opened) Books & Mortar Bookstore on Cherry Street. I might post a few pictures on the East Hills forum later of the opening day. The support from GR has been unreal and we've been overwhelmed by the droves of people offering support! GR is definitely moving towards a sustainable retail scene that we're excited to be a part of. (Total side-note, we just moved  to Grand Rapids from Chicago to do this and we have not regretted the decision once!) 

Congrats and best of luck!!

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7 hours ago, GVSUChris said:

We have opened (literally 38 minutes we just opened) Books & Mortar Bookstore on Cherry Street. I might post a few pictures on the East Hills forum later of the opening day. The support from GR has been unreal and we've been overwhelmed by the droves of people offering support! GR is definitely moving towards a sustainable retail scene that we're excited to be a part of. (Total side-note, we just moved  to Grand Rapids from Chicago to do this and we have not regretted the decision once!) 

Congrats and best wishes! Hope to check it out real soon. 

Joe

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9 hours ago, GVSUChris said:

We have opened (literally 38 minutes we just opened) Books & Mortar Bookstore on Cherry Street. I might post a few pictures on the East Hills forum later of the opening day. The support from GR has been unreal and we've been overwhelmed by the droves of people offering support! GR is definitely moving towards a sustainable retail scene that we're excited to be a part of. (Total side-note, we just moved  to Grand Rapids from Chicago to do this and we have not regretted the decision once!) 

Yes, congratulations! Saw your bookstore on FB and Instagram getting shared quite a bit. 

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Thank you and thank everyone! 

The support has been unreal. Today was just our soft opening and we nearly hit three times our daily sales goal. The crowds were unreal and the social media support has surpassed our imagination. We are very hopeful that Grand Rapids is ready to again support an indie-bookstore selling new books. 

I'll help get this forum back to the topic now by mentioning that the Moosejaw should be pretty good sized as they kept asking for additional space in their build-out plans. My guess would be between 5-7K sq. ft. which is great considering they will be the first real national retail presence downtown. 

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16 hours ago, GVSUChris said:

Thank you and thank everyone! 

The support has been unreal. Today was just our soft opening and we nearly hit three times our daily sales goal. The crowds were unreal and the social media support has surpassed our imagination. We are very hopeful that Grand Rapids is ready to again support an indie-bookstore selling new books. 

I'll help get this forum back to the topic now by mentioning that the Moosejaw should be pretty good sized as they kept asking for additional space in their build-out plans. My guess would be between 5-7K sq. ft. which is great considering they will be the first real national retail presence downtown. 

Moosejaw put their sign up today on the Klingman Building. Saw it on Amy Ruis' Facebook. 

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It's great that they chose this location, and it seems like a location that should succeed, but it reality, I think they might do better in a Breton Village type setting when all is said and done.  I do hope it goes well, and we will visit when in town.

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15 minutes ago, mpchicago said:

It's great that they chose this location, and it seems like a location that should succeed, but it reality, I think they might do better in a Breton Village type setting when all is said and done.  I do hope it goes well, and we will visit when in town.

I think it'll do well. Hope there's some synergy (ugh, I hate that word) between the Market and Moosejaw. The Craft Beer store could be a good fit too.

Joe

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On 9/8/2016 at 2:56 PM, Prankster said:

Hope they do well so they can convert it from a pop-up to a permanent location. 

I hope the permanent location,  should it open,  go more towards the heart of downtown.  More retail downtown to create more foot traffic and get more people downtown for shopping.

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