A couple new markets will soon be springing up in the city. First, the former First Niagara Bank, located at the corner of Potomac, will soon be filled by the same owners of the Elmwood Market located at the corner of North Street. The Elmwood Market first opened on the street in March of 2008, bringing with it a cleaner, brighter and more welcoming version of its neighboring Wilson Farms (now 7-11). My biggest hope for the new market (it’s a long shot), is that a more appropriate commercial facade is incorporated into the building. This could be a beautiful, dynamic corner instead of a hacked up, brutalist-looking, street-level storefront.
On Amherst Street, another market is underway at the corner of Peter Street. Word is that this market will be owned and operated by an employee of the Elmwood Market. Hopefully the same sort of ethics go into this market that we see on Elmwood. The grounds of the Elmwood building are usually clean, the interior of the market is pleasant and welcoming. If you look at the various markets on Elmwood, the Elmwood Market is a fine example of maintaining a business that befits the neighborhood. That alone bodes well for this latest Amherst Street news.
The Amherst Street market could be a charming corner. It would be nice to see some transom windows incorporated back into the design, but it looks as if signage will most likely be added where the windows would be situated. Regardless, Amherst Street could use a little market/deli type of business, especially if it resembles the Elmwood Market in any way.