As the season slowly winds down for the Uptown Urban Market expansion plans are in the works for next year.
The market, located at 3135 Second Ave., opened in May and runs on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of September.
The market features a host of products including organic fruits and vegetables, plants, baked goods, local artwork, jams, spices and Marie Knoll’s Back to Basic essential oils and assorted products.
“It’s the first market that’s private and the only market that’s open on Friday,” said owner Keith Ambrose.
Next season Ambrose plans to add a mobile commercial kitchen to his market for canning and food preparation.
“We need that commercial kitchen, that will help us expand our business because then we can make a lot of products,” Ambrose said.
“Whatever doesn’t get sold to the public [from the market] we want to consume.”
Another project on the horizon for Ambrose and his common-law partner, Marie Knoll, is to build a greenhouse behind the market on top of a shed on the property.
Ambrose and Knoll grow their produce on their property behind the market, in a 60-foot-by-33-foot garden across the road and in a garden they occupy in Cherry Creek.
“Marie has the green thumb,” Ambrose said.
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In addition to Ambrose and Knoll, close to 15 vendors offer their products at the market and occupy the space for free.
“We don’t charge anything and we don’t take anything from the vendors,” Ambrose said.
“We want them to show up happy and leave happier, and that’s the same for our customers.”
Fruitful in many ways, the market is more of a lifestyle choice for Ambrose rather than solely for income.
“The business model is not a competitive model and it’s not about the almighty dollar… profits come in a different way. My life is way better because of this market, I’m making good connections and I’m eating way better food.”
The Urban Market is open on Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. until the end of September and will reopen in May 2017.