The new Union Market opened this weekend and UrbanTurf was there, camera in hand. Below we’ve posted a few photos of the newly-renovated space and those enjoying its inaugural weekend. When we dropped by at noon on Saturday, there were probably a few hundred people in attendance, with crowds clustered around Rappahannock Oyster Co. and Rogue Soda, among others.
It seemed like about 70 percent of the retail space was occupied, so around the perimeter and toward the far end of the market there were still some empty stands. The mix of vendors had a distinctly farmers-market feel, which can certainly be a successful formula on weekends but could prove challenging if the market wants to attract the weekday lunch crowd from NoMa and surrounds (the options for a full-scale lunch were limited).
The space itself is open, pleasant, and bright — a stark improvement over the dank interior of its former life. We left the market enthusiastic for what we think is a worthwhile and exciting experiment in a long-neglected pocket of the city — but one with so much potential.
Check out our photos below. (Click any of them to enlarge.)
Readers, did you make it over to Union Market this weekend? Let us know what you thought in the comments.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/First_Look_at_union_market/6001.
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