West Palm Beach’s Warehouse District Welcomes Grandview Public Market
After months of speculation, the Grandview Public Market officially opened on Feb. 20. Those waiting to get into the renovated, mid-century warehouse for a quick peek, a cup of Rabbit Coffee or a sushi burrito stood patiently in long lines that traced through the parking lot to Grace Street.
Modeled after popular marketplaces like Chelsea Market in New York City and Atlanta’s Krog Street Market, entrepreneur and Palm Beach resident Chris Vila wanted to develop a town center experience that focused on small and independent businesses.
The 14,000-square-foot space features 11 independent food and retail purveyors, as well as one fitness brand, including Clare’s, a chicken joint, bar and wine shop and The Corner, a Detroit-style pizzeria. All three are operated by Chef Dale Talde of "Top Chef" fame and his partners David Massoni and John Bush.
Other brands include organic grocer Celis Produce; Olive Oil of the World; hormone-free butcher Grace’s Fine Foods; Rabbit Coffee; Poke Lab Eatery; a pop-up called Incubator, which features a rotation of local restaurants with Boca Raton’s Ramen Lab Eatery; taco restaurant Zipitios; rolled ice cream shop Crema; and Quinn, a cashmere apparel and accessories boutique.
The Loading Dock, a verdant, 2,500-square-foot space with outdoor seating, and The Living Room, a 900-square-foot lounge area with jungle green couches and board games, offer relaxed environs for dining, cocktailing and networking. Both are available for private events.
We caught up with Vila right after the opening to talk about what makes Grandview Public Market so great.
Why does the Grandview Public Market feature a mixed space and what makes it special?
In a market hall, visitors can experience multiple concepts under one roof. Along with programming and events, it’s a hub where locals can get together to work, eat and relax. It’s more engaging than the traditional restaurant model and features 14 different food and beverage options.
There’s an eclectic mix of food and beverage vendors and specialty products. Did you pick them or do they just rent space?
I spent a lot of time curating the mix of vendors. Each one offers something different, which is important for a market hall like ours. It’s important they’re all doing something that’s creative, delicious and independent of one another. Guests want options these days and we strive to keep things exciting and fresh.
Talk about Studios, Etc., which houses two barre and cycling studios, and sells workout gear and fitness essentials.
Jacquelyn Quesada, the founder owner of Studios Etc., had the vision for the studio. She’s forward-thinking and saw the potential of opening her newest location in the market and warehouse district. We were thrilled when she announced she’d be taking over the space and have been collaborating ever since.
What else can readers expect from the space?
We have the incubator space, which is a rotating concept reserved for entrepreneurs. Lox Farms will have monthly lectures and workshops and will host a farmers market on Wednesday nights. We’ll also have speaker discussions and other events like wine tastings.
1401 Clare Ave., West Palm Beach; grandviewpublic.com
Top photo courtesy of Nick Mele
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