Videos: Downtown Market names three more tenants for indoor Market Hall


Old World Olive Press, which operates five Michigan stores, was founded in 2009 in Rockford. Photo via

Downtown Market has named three more of the 24 vendors that will have permanent space in its indoor Market Hall, which opens later this summer.

Future Downtown Market shoppers will be able to purchase flowers, kettle corn and artisan olive oil with the addition of Crescent Floral & Gifts, Dorothy and Tony’s Gourmet Kettle Corn, and Old World Olive Press joining the roster of tenants.

All three are established small businesses that are expanding or relocating.

Crescent Floral & Gifts, which is based in Gaslight Village, will open its second location in the Downtown Market. The shop specializes in creating displays of fresh seasonal flowers, which can be selected by the stem or designed by an in-house floral artist. It also is a family owned business that was founded in 1875.

“The Downtown Market is defining a place that will bring us closer to our customers, allowing them to create their own arrangements, or work one-on-one with our designers,” said Scott Vogel, owner of Crescent Floral. “It is a perfect fit for us, and fits exactly with our expansion plans.”

Dorothy and Tony’s Gourmet Kettle Corn opened in 2010, following a more than 60-year history of selling kettle corn at farmers markets in Michigan and Arizona. It is now in its third generation of being family owned, and currently operates out of a shop located on Plainfield Avenue NE near the boundary of Creston Heights and Cheshire Village. It will relocate to the downtown location.

“My grandparents, Dorothy and Tony, started making kettle corn 60 years ago and sold it at local farmers markets, so moving to the Downtown Market feels right for the business and the brand,” said Kyle Behm, owner of Dorothy and Tony’s Gourmet Kettle Corn. “I am looking forward to the exposure, walk-in traffic and the opportunity to collaborate with other vendors.”

Along with the relocation, the business also plans to expand its product line to include caramel corn, cheese corn, Chicago style and other seasonal flavors.

Old World Olive Press is actively engaging in statewide expansion plans and will join the Downtown Market with its fifth location, and second downtown Grand Rapids location. The artisan olive oil and vinegar retailer, opened in 2009, has locations in Rockford, Plymouth, Birmingham and Grand Rapids.

“The Downtown Market will be a modern, simple and intelligent concept still intact in Europe today where many residents walk to their local markets to pick up everything they need for their daily menus,” said Shasta Fase, owner of Old World Olive Press. “This is a great extension of our city, a wonderful destination representing the ‘best of the best’ of Grand Rapids."

The three retailers join Simpatico Coffee and Love’s Ice Cream, which were announced as Downtown Market vendors last month.

The outdoor portion of the market is scheduled to open on Saturday, May 4, with the indoor market following later in the summer.

In total, Downtown Market will present 138,000 square feet of fresh produce, artisan food, local farm offerings and entertainment.

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