Month: November 2016

Green Seed Market: So Much More Than Salad

Two days after Central Market’s official opening, Stephen Julia and Katsumi Ruiz are still figuring out where to shelve incoming produce deliveries at Green Seed Market. Boxes of broccoli and lettuce are stacked up in the shop’s corner, waiting for a home. Two lonely bottles of fresh juice sit in the refrigerated display; the rest have sold out faster than expected. At the salad bar, customers order veggie bowls even at the odd 3-5 hours between lunch and dinner. The shop has all the feel of a New York bodega—small, bustling, and just chaotic enough to feel authentic. But the journey that led to Green Seed Market’s opening wasn’t an easy one. With Central Market’s opening delayed multiple times for various reasons, even locals wondered if the gourmet community marketplace would ever open at all. But in late September, when Central Market opened its doors, the 13 vendors inside were met with enthusiasm that surprised them all. Green Seed was no different, and the small produce shop was overwhelmed with orders. Green Seed is a …

Central Market: A Guide to the Spaces & Places

In September of 2016, Denver’s newest community marketplace, Central Market, opened its doors in RiNo. While predecessors The Source and Avanti pioneered a la cart communal dining in Denver, Central Market’s development focused around something different: to create a space where shops and owners could rely on one another for resources, making everything hyper-local and small-business-focused. But the best part of Central Market isn’t the concept—it’s the atmosphere. As Denver continues to expand and neighborhoods continue to become more and more exclusive, Central Market can be a welcoming point for insiders and outsiders alike. While Central Market is located in the heart of RiNo, there is a whole new community inside its brick walls. Whether you’re a neighborhood local buying produce, a Denverite looking for fancy chocolates, or a tourist looking for a place to get a coffee, Central Market’s focus is on you and your needs. If you’re looking for a full meal, salad, pizza, meat and sandwiches all happily coexist under Central Market’s roof. But if you’re not looking for a full meal …