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“We’re shooting for an Oct. 19 opening,” he says. Initially known as the Colorado Springs Public Market, the Indy has been following the project’s development since 2012. The spot was set to open on Aug. 31, but that date, Cipoletti says, was tentative and not supposed to be made public.
Cipoletti says the current board learned from its predecessors’ woes. Critically, the project must start small to get community buy-in from those unfamiliar with public markets like Cleveland’s West Side Market or Seattle’s legendary Pike Place Market. Cipoletti says, though, that potential vendors he’s contacted have been more optimistic than cynical about the project’s current iteration.
He says nine vendors have signed contracts for vendor stalls: Azteca Gourmet, known for tamales and salsas; Coco Prana, which makes coconut butter and coconut-based foods; Boulder Natural Meats; teas from Garden of Healing; Bleys Cheese; Crown Cakes; Colorado Crepe Company; Full Turn Coffee; and the Heavenly Dessert Company, plus more in the works. Expect also additional space for seasonal produce vendors come warmer weather.
The Market won’t have a liquor license at opening, but a four-tap Colorado craft beer setup, a cocktail program featuring Colorado spirits and a selection of regional wines are in the works. There will be no liquor retail, but dining will be available on-site in addition to food retail.