12.13.2016 | posted 11 months, 10 days ago
Canal Street Market Brings An Artisanal Marketplace Downtown
Over the past few years, there’s been an uptick in the ‘market’ style of shopping and dining. Chelsea Market has always been an important part of the neighborhood, with celebrated grab-and-go food options, a grocery store, bars, and even a flea market within it. Since then, Gotham West is a new home for exciting and affordable restaurants in midtown, the Meatpacking District has added Gansevoort Market among a sea of high-end clubs and restaurants, and even Smorgasburg in Williamsburg has become a major weekly event. Now with Canal Street Market there’s a new option in our very own neighborhood, bringing a massive offering of homewares and personal goods to the bustling streets of Soho.
One of the reasons these markets have recently thrived is because of the increased interest in niche goods, and Canal Street Market offers an eclectic mix of locally crafted products in a neighborhood densely packed with retail. There will be a few anchor brands that have permanent spaces within the market, but everything else will follow a rotation routine brining fresh faces to the space on a regular basis. The carefully selected list of occupants is centered on New York-based design studios, and to welcome those walking through the floors for the first time are firms including Ladies & Gentlemen Design, Studio Proba, and Chen & Kai who will offer products and contribute art projects to the market interior (Alex Proba helped the market open with a live mural painting). The Office magazine has also been enlisted with a permanent newsstand and coffee shop that it will curate with its edgy, downtown-focused perspective. There is even a ‘fishbowl’ concept in which artists can take up a bi-weekly residency and showcase their work within a glass room – off the starting block was Stef Halmos who created a live abstract sculpture installation.
In addition to the design elements, Canal Street Market is also home to many artisanal brands, the most famous of which is the first Manhattan outlet of Mast Brothers Chocolate. Other permanent fixtures include Italian home-wares at Il Buco Vita, and menswear from Upstate Stock. There are also temporary booths where you’ll be able to get Jack Rudy’s famous cocktail-mixers, handmade jewelry at St. Eloy, and skincare at Lavami (vendors rotate bi-weekly at first, before shifting from month-to-month). Food is also important to Canal Street Market however the eatery is still a couple of months away from completion. When it does open, you’ll see Boba Guys tea, Fresh & Co juice, Davey’s Ice Cream, Joy Luck dim sum, and Alidoro Italian sandwiches.
With all of this situated in a 12,000sq/ft. space, Canal Street Market is one of the most significant new additions to the Tribeca neighborhood. With the attention to locally sourced goods, it provides a respite from a shopping area that is dominated by major brands. With it’s dedication to art and design, distinguishes itself and makes it an exciting progression of the market-shopping experience.
Canal Street Market is open at 265 Canal Street, 7 days a week from 11am-8pm
Words by Gautam Balasander