13 years ago…
The Phoenix Public Market is about to complete its 13th year of operation. It was a dream envisioned by Cindy Gentry, an urban center-point where farmers and local businesses who did not have stores or big contracts could bring their products to the people of Arizona.
The idea was to create a non-profit market that champions Arizona products made by people who wanted to build their own business. After much hard work by Cindy, that dream began on a rainy Saturday in February 2005. About 14 vendors and a few more customers showed up the first day, along with then Mayor Phil Gordon and Councilman Michael Johnson, two of the earliest supporters, who rang the bell to get the day started.
Not only did it rain that first day, but the second day as well. However, Cindy with all the vendors and volunteers kept the faith and just kept plugging along. That faith and perseverance shown by everyone involved led to the ongoing growth in customers, vendors, and sales. Now, most Saturdays, there are 80+ vendors and 1,500+ customers. The Phoenix Public Market has become a bedrock in Downtown Phoenix for people who come from the surrounding neighborhoods and often more than 20 miles away.
THANK YOU to everyone for supporting the Phoenix Public Market and your local community!