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WHAT IS THE EMPIRE MARKET?
The Empire Market is a growing food-centric public market. You might have been to something similar in other cities including Kansas City’s River Market, Soulard Market in St. Louis or Pike Place Market in Seattle. Opening in late April of 2018, the Empire Market has 20-25 vendors each week, all selling items they have made or grown themselves. You won’t find any veggies with stickers here!
The Empire Market is an economic and community centerpiece that strengthens and engages the entire city. A vibrant four-season market where you can find the best of what this area has to offer; produce, meats, cheeses, wine, beer, crafters, artisans and any number of other vendors, set up in a collection of permanent and rotating stalls.
In December of 2016, the Empire District Electric Company donated to the Downtown Joplin Alliance over 33,000 square feet of buildings on 3.34 acres in the center of Joplin. The primary structure, built in 1907, is located at 4th and Railroad. Downtown Joplin Alliance has re-purposed this historic building and its attached 11,000 sqft. garage as the new four-season Empire Market.
WHERE IS IT AND WHEN CAN I VISIT?
The Empire Market is located at 931 E. 4th Street in Joplin, Missouri. It is open from 10 AM to 3 PM every Saturday. We have convenient parking located in the lot directly East of the Market.
WHAT CAN YOU FIND AT THE MARKET?
We welcome vendors from up to 150 miles away, bringing you the best of local products. Buying from the Empire Market helps strengthen the local economy by supporting locally grown food. Local food growers and producers prosper by having a marketplace for their products, and residents have access to high quality, nutritious, locally grown foods.
FARMERS & GROWERS
FARMERS & GROWERS
Fresh produce of all types.
Handcrafted local wares.
High-quality selection of good things to eat, usually sourced right from the market!
MEATS & PASTURE RAISED
MEATS & PASTURE RAISED
Meats, beef, pork, chicken, and eggs.
Locally baked bread, pies, rolls, and sweets are sure to complete your market experience.
Rotating selection of other locally sourced items like spices, beer, wine, and other products for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience!
EMPIRE MARKET ON INSTAGRAM
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
We have many opportunities available for those of you who want to lend a hand and volunteer your time. Click the button below to find out how you can get involved in contributing to the improvement of our community!
What types of goods can be sold at the Empire Market?
We welcome varieties of the following: fresh produce (grown by the seller, within a 150 mi radius of Joplin); locally processed meats; locally made cheese; locally grown eggs; handmade jams, jellies, & preserves; homemade baked goods; locally produced wine, beer, and spirits; locally grown plants, flowers, & seeds; local honey, prepared gourmet food; handmade artisan goods; fine art; vintage goods. Have something else you’d like to sell at the Market? Drop us a message and let’s talk!
How much do vendor spaces cost?
Farmer and Artisan Season passes are available for $400, plus 3% of daily sales. This provides for a year of Saturday booth space. A six month pass, good for six consecutive months of your choosing, is $250, plus 3% of daily sales. Three month passes are $150, plus 3% of sales. There are also day passes available, for $25 plus 3% of sales.
Indoor vendors will receive table spaces, or the equivalent of 8’ x 6’ spaces, depending on the restrictions of the building. Outdoor vendors will need tents and will start at 10’ x 10’ spaces and upward. For specific questions about booth size, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Okay, I’ve filled out the pre-registration form? Now what?
We’ll be reviewing all forms and contacting you for more information. Once approved, you’ll receive a copy of our Rules & Regulations, a contract, and an invitation to a vendor meeting.
I bought a Season Pass, but I can’t show up every day. Do I get a discount?
Our Season Passes were designed with value in mind (it breaks down to only $7.69 each Saturday!), and thus we are unable to provide refunds for missed days.
I have a food truck. Can I set up at the Market?
We will definitely be looking for a limited amount of food truck and food stand vendors for the Market. The cost for food trucks will be $55 per day.
Will you have a commercial kitchen that food vendors can use?
A commercial kitchen with vendor access is part of our plans for the Market. We’ll keep everyone updated as to the progress with that.
When will the market be open?
The Empire Market is a four-season affair, so we’ll be open year-round. To start, we’ll be open on Saturdays from 10-3, with special events (like Night Markets!) thrown on a more limited basis. We plan to be open more days of the week as we progress. The date of the first market is set for Saturday, April 28, 2018.
How many vendors will be allowed in each category?
We don’t want certain categories to become oversaturated, so we will be looking at this as applications come in. We want high quality vendors, and also want to be able to provide customers with a wide variety of goods.
Is it air-conditioned?
Not at this time. Our facility has indoor space and exterior space for tents. There will be large fans to help keep us cool in warmer weather.
Where will my booth be located?
This will be decided at a later date, based on the applications we get.
Will I have the same space every month?
We cannot guarantee this up front, but it is our goal to have a mixture of permanent and rotating stalls. Vendors who buy the season pass will get first priority on permanent spaces.
Are there bathrooms at the Market?
At this time, we have limited restroom facilities on the Market floor, though they are part of our plans. If the restrooms are not completed by the time the Market is to open, we will have temporary facilities.
When is payment of my booth fees due? And the daily sales percent?
No payment is due when you apply. During this initial period, we will be reviewing applications and getting back to you with questions, rules and regulations, and, if approved, vendor contracts. Invoices for your booth fee will then follow.
The 3% of daily sales fee will be collected before exiting the market each day you sell.
How is the daily sales percentage calculated?
Take your total gross sales for the day and multiply it by .03. That will give you the amount that you owe.
What licenses do I need to sell at the Market?
Each vendor is responsible for knowing the types of licenses they need to sell within the Joplin City limits. Peddler’s licenses are typically required for handicrafts and art; food has it’s own separate set of statutes. Ryan Talken and Annie Duff are the main contacts at the city for food vendors.
Can I get a booth for only one or two Saturdays during the year?
Yes! Day rates for artisans and produce growers are $25 plus 3% of daily sales.
Where can I park?
We have ample parking available. There is our large lot on the east side of the Market complex, a smaller lot to the west that fronts 4th Street (where vendors will park), and some street parking.
Is there a chance that any of this information will change before the Market opening?
Yes! This is a brand new venture on the part of Downtown Joplin Alliance and there will necessarily be things that change as we go. We wanted to get some initial information to you early on, but that means that we’re also still working out the details. We welcome feedback and input from potential vendors and community members!
I still have questions. How do I contact Market staff?
If there’s something we haven’t answered here, feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com
- Build local economy for East Town neighborhood as well as the greater Joplin area
- Increase access to fresh, nutritious, local foods
- Support and encourage healthy community
- Act as an incubator for small entrepreneurs
- Improve public health nutrition options
- Provide a vehicle to educate the community on nutrition and good health
- Assist area farmers, producers, and artisans with sustainable business opportunities
- Generate a sense of local pride while furthering the economic development of our community
- Serve as a community gathering place
- Destination anchor to attract regional visitors and tourists
- Farmers’ Market
- Artisan Market
- Restaurant/prepared food
- Coffee shop
- Commissary kitchen for food truck usage
- Commercial kitchen for small food-based startups
- Classrooms and conference rooms
- Food hub for shelters and soup kitchens
- Community gardens
- Education and outreach for food and community betterment
- Cultural center with live music and art
- Festivals and events
- Lineman tribute space