7th Street Public Market to Extend Evening HoursSeptember 29, 2017 10:49 am
Due to the growing demand of Uptown residents, workers and visitors, the 7th Street Public Market is extending its evening hours on Monday through Thursday until 8 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays until 9 p.m. Sunday hours will be reduced by two hours with an earlier closing time of 5 p.m.
To promote the new, extended hours the market’s vendors will be offering food and drink specials as well as special events to attract more patrons to choose the market as an evening dining destination. The Market will also program live music and themed activities to support the extended evening service.
October’s special events at the Market include: Assorted Table’s Tuesday Night Wine Tastings, Assorted Table and Orrman’s Wine & Cheese Pairings every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, Zia Pia’s Italian dinner specials every third Thursday, and monthly participation in the Uptown Crawl on the fourth Thursday each month. The Market is also exploring game, movie and trivia nights as options to help attract an evening crowd.
“Five years ago, when the 7th Street Public Market first opened, Charlotte Center City Partners produced events, activities and special programs so Charlotteans would think of us as a weekend destination. Today, Saturday is our biggest day of the week,” said Chris Clouden, Executive Director of the 7th Street Public Market. “Getting people to see us as an evening dining destination will require similar efforts. But our patrons have told us, and shown us, they would like longer evening hours. We listened to this feedback, and our vendors are committed to later closing times.”
The Market was conceived as a small business incubator, and today several of the long-time vendors have expanded their operations within Charlotte. In its fifth year of operation, the Market is home to 15 vendors offering a range of high quality, fresh and affordable food, as well as local products. Ten of the businesses are minority-owned and/or woman-owned small businesses. Additionally, the Market and its businesses are proud to employ over 80 people.
“As more residents move into Uptown, and as cultural, sporting and entertainment offerings increase, the Market will continue to evolve to meet the increased demand,” said Clouden. “We anticipate even more changes when the completion of the Blue Line Extension increases commuter traffic in the morning and the evening to the Market.”
The latest information about the 7th Street Public Market’s vendors, events and specials can be found at www.7thstreetpublicmarket.com or by following the Market on Facebook @7thstreetpublicmarket