[Photo via Ponce City Market website.]
Ponce City Market is officially open for business. Well, it was already open for business, but now it's certainly a bit more open for business than it was before Saturday. Several hotly anticipated shops and restaurants have been welcoming guests at the mixed-use giant since August, and some spaces still have yet to debut, but everything just feels a bit more official following this weekend's Party on Ponce. (Doesn't it?)
Party on Ponce was a sold-out success featuring musical acts like the Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins, and tons of food from chefs in the market, like James Beard Award-winner Sean Brock. The event raised money for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Georgia Organics, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Museum of Design Atlanta and other initiatives of the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. Then, at some point, Mayor Kasim Reed did something to turn on the market's yellow rooftop sign, much to the crowd's satisfaction. Because #WeLoveAtl.
The fundraising event marks the close of yet another chapter of a building that was once a Sears, Roebuck & Co. distribution center at the edge of a busy rail line. This most recent chapter started four years ago when developer Jamestown Properties bought the former crumbling City Hall East and announced plans to turn it into an iconic mixed-use destination.
After a few delays and a smattering of national (and international) press, the development will soon be home to more than 50 shops, restaurants and other businesses, not to mention chic warehouse apartments, ripe for whatever hip/moody grams/tweets you can devise.
· Everything you need to know about Ponce City Market [AJC]
· Party On Ponce Returns To Ponce City Market [WABE]
· myAJC Flashback fotos: From Sears, Roebuck and Co. to Ponce City Market, 1926-present [AJC]