Indoor Market Place opens to public
Farmers market vendors band together for year round Indoor Market Place in Johnstown
“We want to make this so it draws people in,” said Brian Marcucci, owner of the Indoor Market Place.
Marcucci, who has owned the Main Street building for “many years,” had initially planned to convert the space into a brew pub. But when those plans fell through, Marcucci — who currently runs the farmers market stand for Gray’s Garden and Greenhouse out of St. Johnsville — decided to change gears and focus on the already thriving farmers market scene.
“We did well with the Johnstown’s Farmers market outside,” Marcucci said. “So we tried to tell a lot of them the last couple weeks that we’re going to be here. Come down here and get stuff. Because if you come once, you’ll know it’s here and you’ll come back.”
The Indoor Market Place features Gray’s fresh produce, apples from Bellinger’s, eggs and meats from Dreamland Jersey Beef and Fictitious Farm, and various other items such as fresh jellies and jams, maple syrup products, teas and cookies.
Christine Gallt, of Grammas Cookies and Go Bars, said her Go Bars, which are all homemade and come in numerous flavors, have been a hit with customers. In addition to the Go Bars, she makes fresh cookies and muffins on the weekend.
But there’s more to the Indoor Market Place than just food, as vendors such as Avon, Sleepy Bear and Nildas $5 Bling Blast are selling handmade lotions, soaps, woodcrafts and jewelry.
Marcucci eventually hopes to sell local craft beers, but says that he does not currently plan to offer space for prepared food vendors due to New York state licensing obstacles.
“It’s going to be a new sort of thing. I just think it’s going to be very popular in the spring,” Marcucci said.
An open house event for the Indoor Market Place is currently scheduled for Nov. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. in conjunction with this years “Home for the Holidays” parade and Colonial Stroll.
“We’re always looking [new] vendors,” Gallt said. “[Marcucci] has a lot of space in here, so hopefully in a few weeks we’ll have a few more people in here.”
The Indoor Market Place’s current vendors include Avon, Dreamland Jersey Beef, Ficticious Farms, Grammas Cookies & Go Bars, Grays Farm and Greenhouse, Inspiration Drops, Nannas Nummies, Nildas $5 Bling Blast, Sleepy Bear, Schoolhouse Gardens, and Willow Springs Kitchen.
“It’s been accepted very well,” Marcucci said. “It’s slow going at first but as long as everybody is determined to stay, it’ll only get better.”
The Indoor Market Place is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marcucci said he plans to open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Thanksgiving through Christmas.