On July 19th the new Open Market will officially open. This historic venue has been re- born as a modern, ethical market which will see 45 of Brighton’s newest entrepreneurs offer fresh food, locally sourced goods and a range of other market products and services including an exceptional variety of arts, crafts, fashions, services, farm goods and more.
The regenerated Open Market has at its heart fresh, nutritious, local and quality goods and reflects current concerns over health and environmental sustainability. It’s all about supporting local producers and working with products that are ethically beneficial.
The historic and much loved Open Market re opens after years of hard work. The re- opening of some of the stalls from the original market will ensure that it holds on to its history, pleasing long standing audiences as well as attracting new customers.
The beautiful, glass fronted working studios overlooking the Open Market stalls house a range of creative companies and bring a further element of innovation to the market. Members of the public can stop in and see artists and designers at work and participate in a range of community learning events and workshops.
The colourful and eclectic list of traders include market staples such as a fishmongers, butchers, bakers, green grocers and a florist. Joining them are some less traditional enterprises. An apothecary herbal shop and advice centre, a Spanish artisan Deli, and a social enterprise that sells and teaches the public about locally sourced produce. An antiques store, a Greek style cafe and a working studio where local artists create clothing, interiors, accessories and cards using materials rescued from the local waste stream. A beautiful range of locally produced fashion, a unique, handmade, up-cycled clothing brand and an exciting new store full of natural lifestyle products.
This barely skims the surface of the traders at the new Open Market where tradition will go hand in hand with an ethical and sustainable ethos to create an exciting and dynamic market place.
Councillor Ian Davey, deputy leader and chair of the Open Market Community Interest Company said:
“Traditional markets have been lost in some places so it is fantastic that we have been able not only to keep the Open Market, but improve it for the 21st century”.
The launch party will be on July 19th, 1 – 5pm when the market will be officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex. There will also be Chinese Lion dancers and face painting, The Hullaballo Community Quire and performances from the swing band “Her Father’s Daughter” with The Brighton Lindy Hoppers. The studio tenants will be offering free demonstrations and the market will be abuzz with music, performers, kids’ entertainment and more!