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In The Works – Five Points Market

The owners of Five Points Bakery have applied for a Special Use Permit to host an Open Air Market on their grounds, at the heart of the Five Points neighborhood. Over the years, Kevin and Melissa Gardner have been making significant improvements to this substantial plot of land, from converting a derelict brick structure into a two-storey coffee oasis, to installing a permeable parking lot – the first of its kind in the city.

Recently, the Gardners decided to lease another building on the property to two businesses, Petrichor Flora and Blue Table Chocolates. The building is in the midst of being rehabbed for the tenants (learn more).

As if all of these substantial advancements were not enough, the community will (fingers crossed) be the beneficiary of a new Open Air Market, which is perfectly situated to add to the organic, grassroots, economic vibe of the neighborhood.

The vision for the market is “…dedicated to providing an affordable and unique opportunity for vendors who are synergistic with Five Points, to vend their wares. The market stalls will be on either side of the path through the front iron wheat gate and available 7-10pm, seven days a week.”

Christopher Alexander wrote A Pattern Language and I wrote an extensive pattern for my property and neighborhood using hundreds of his ideas,” said Kevin Gardner. “This one in particular is pattern #46 Market of Many Shops. It is linked together with the other ideas and patterns like #100 pedestrian street, #53 main gateway, #93 food stands, #98 circulation realms etc. I can go into detail about the whole pattern language or just specifics about #46 but they are all connected. [Alexander] is a famous architect whose ideas inspired a lot of the Green Code. Without the green code this market would not be possible.”

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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