The Avenue Market re-opens with new vendors

The Avenue Market on Baltimore's Pennsylvania Avenue has a new look and new vendors and will re-open with $500,000 worth of renovations next week.

The new stalls will sell seafood, poultry, deli, bakery, floral and other goods, according to Baltimore Public Markets, the non-profit group that runs five of the city's old-style markets, among them Broadway and Cross Street markets. 

The Avenue Market, at 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, was known as the Lafayette Market when it opened in December 1871. It burned to the ground in May 1953, but many of the merchants stayed in business in a temporary shed until the market was rebuilt.

A new brick building, across the street from the original location, opened in November 1957. It closed in 1994 for renovations and reopened as The Avenue Market in 1996.

A "grand re-opening" and ribbon cutting with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is planned for Friday, Nov. 2, with musical entertainment planned for Friday morning and midday Saturday.


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