Downtown Market adds touch of spice to indoor Market Hall


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The scene at Downtown Market just got a whole lot spicier.

Saugatuck-based Spice Merchants, a 10 year old gourmet seasonings and specialty spices store, has been announced as the newest vendor for Downtown Market's indoor Market Hall.

The store will be offering its extensive collection of blends, rubs, spices, herbs and seasonings at the market.

Spice Merchants CEO Lisa Freeman said she is excited to collaborate with the other vendors in the planned 24-vendor Market Hall.

Spice Merchants, which already has expanded to Traverse City, Ann Arbor and Grand Haven, is one of nine vendors committed to the indoor space.

“Most people tend to stick with what they know, but there is a transformational power when you combine amazingly fresh food with the right spice,” Freeman said. “The Downtown Market will be the ultimate foodie venue, a destination for people to learn, explore and try new things.”

Downtown Market's Market Hall is scheduled to open in August, becoming a $30 million, LEED certified, mixed-use space, which incorporating marketing, production, distribution and entrepreneurial experimentation.

The outdoor farmers market opened last Saturday.

“While local products and local food is the promise of the Downtown Market, Spice Merchants can import the world to Grand Rapids,” said Downtown Market President and CEO Mimi Fritz. “We definitely think having bulk spices in the Market Hall will bring the ambience and aromas of a Moroccan market into the center of downtown.”

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