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Bends & Brews
Work it out Fitness & Peace Tree Brewery
Bring you yoga & Beer Tasting
Yoga class is 5:15-6:00pm cost is $10
Beer tasting is 5:30-7:00pm and is free
You don't have to participate in the yoga to participate in the beer tasting.
HAPPY HOUR AT THE MARKET ON MAIN
Com join us from 5:30-6:30 and enjoy a variety of musical acts and Drink Specials.
- Fri. June 26th Michael Phillipsen Ragtime
- Wed. July 8th Nick Sorak & Reuben Merringer
COOKING ON THE SQUARE
Many different cooking classes offered at the Market on Main. Check often to see what's on the schedule. Learn new skills and recipes while enjoying time with friends.
Market Welcomes The Baker's Wife Bakery
Market Welcomes The Baker's Wife Bakery
Call for Entrepreneurs to Launch Their Dream at the Market!
Market on Main is putting a call out for new vendors to launch their start-up business from the Market. The Market, which opened in 2014 is a business incubator for small food, retail, and natural products businesses.
“We have evaluated the Market facilities, and are making adjustments and additions to make the Market a viable space for start-ups. We are adding two vent hoods for prepared food operations, and have made some additional changes to the storage and commercial kitchen area,” stated Brad Little, president of Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation. The Foundation took over leadership of the Market in January and has recently appointed members to the Market on Main Advisory Committee to assist in setting the new strategic vision for the Market. “We want to engage as many community leaders as possible in this process,” stated Brad Little, President of Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation. “We feel strongly about the success of the Market, and the contribution the Market will have on building a great destination for entrepreneurs as they grow their business in downtown Ottumwa,” commented Little. “This team brings a wide variety of knowledge and experience to the table.” Committee member Alex Beltran of HyVee looks forward to the opportunities the Market will bring to Ottumwa. “Market on Main is a great asset in helping to rebuild our downtown. The Market has an impeccable building; and set up. I am proud to be a part of their committee and look forward to the many opportunities we as a group will encounter.”
Imperative to the success of the market is finding the right business mix. To accomplish this, the Market is looking for individuals interested in opening small restaurants, particularly those focused on quality, handcrafted foods sourced locally. In addition, the Market is looking for a bakery or pastry shop, snack shops – ice cream or popcorn, as well as non-food retail shops. “At this point we are open to solid ideas from serious entrepreneurs.” As a business incubator, space in the Market is offered at below market-rate rent. Leases are offered on a one to three year basis, for spaces ranging from 100 to 300 square feet. Market tenants are responsible for the build out of their leased space. Interested entrepreneurs are required to submit a written business plan, and to meet with Market leadership to determine the viability of their plan in the Market space. Those interested in learning more about start-up space should visit the Market or call 641.682-0261.
Market Embraces New Leadership & Looks to the Future for Growth
A recent Ottumwa City Council meeting brought new leadership to Market on Main, Ottumwa’s downtown business incubator and public marketplace. The Council turned the reigns over to the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation (OLRF), who will assume leadership immediately. “We are very excited to be working with the Market,” stated OLRF President & CEO Brad Little. “We know there is a lot of work to be done to get the Market on track…we will begin immediately to establish a sound organizational structure, going back to the original vision of the Market as a business incubator. This new structure will support the Market, steering it in a positive direction.”
Market on Main opened in March 2014, a 12,000 square foot facility located on the northwest corner of Main and Jefferson in downtown Ottumwa. The original vision for the Market was to create easy access to diverse foods, while providing an environment for small businesses to thrive. The project was partially funded through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). “Because we secured funding through IEDA, it’s vital that we get the Market on track to achieve the goals laid out in the original grant,” commented Ottumwa Mayor Tom Lazio. “We recognize that the Market has not fulfilled many of its goals…it is our hope that this change in leadership will push the Market in the right direction. It truly could be a great catalyst to the redevelopment of our downtown.”
The Market’s new leadership is wasting no time in getting to work. The Market plans to move quickly over the next 90 days to revamp its leasing procedures; making the Market an attractive location for start-up businesses. A search will begin immediately for quality tenants who are passionate about starting a business and who are dedicated to the success of the Market, and the growth of Downtown Ottumwa. Additionally, Market staff is working to establish a consistent marketing message and determine the best events to draw visitors to the Market.
Like Fresh Food and Local Growers? You'll Love It Here!
On average, supermarket food travels 1,500 miles before it gets to you. That's up to 14 days in transit! Usually, local foods are picked only a few days before being sold. Did you know that less than 20 cents of every dollar you spend on food at a supermarket goes to the farmer? In contrast, 80-90% of every dollar you spend at a local farmers market is kept by the farmer you purchased it from, supporting the livelihood of our local producers. Local Production + Local Consumption = Local Economic Development. If you want to purchase the freshest tasting food, reduce your environmental footprint, and help support your local community visit our local growers who will be partnering with the Market to sell their products beginning in May at the Farmer's Market.