Sweet Auburn Curb Market
|Sweet Auburn Curb Market|
The Sweet Auburn Curb Market is a historic municipal market located at 209 Edgewood Avenue, S.W., in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The market operates as a nonprofit enterprise, with the building leased from the City of Atlanta and the individual vendors sub-leasing.
The market was originally established in 1918 on land cleared by the Great Atlanta fire of 1917. The market, set up in a huge tent, was an immediate success, bringing urban consumers direct access to farmers and their products. Wishing to give the curb market a more permanent home, the Atlanta Woman's Club raised money for a fireproof brick and concrete building which opened on May 1, 1924, and was called the Municipal Market of Atlanta. At the time, it was located in the exact geographic center of Atlanta and quickly became "the place to shop" for every Atlantan. At that time, Atlanta was still living under racial segregation and whites owned shops inside the market, blacks were only permitted to sell from stalls lining the curb.
In 2010, the Municipal Market received both CDBG funding and a Stimulus Grant for a total of $1.8 million. As part of basic maintenance and updates, a portion of the funds were used to replace the sign damaged by the tornado of 2008. Because the management was able to locate the original exterior sign and have it repaired and displayed inside the building, the city's department of Urban Design approved the creation of a replica of the sign to be displayed on the Edgewood Ave side of the building.
The Municipal Market was called the Sweet Auburn Curb Market from 1998 - Present. However, in 2018, as part of the 100 year anniversary, the Municipal Market Company decided to rebrand the market to reflect the original name.
The market was the filming location for a scene in the 2014 film, Ride Along, which takes place and was filmed in Atlanta. It is also featured in a network television series, "Kevin (Probably) Saves The World". This was filmed in 2018.
Vendors within the market are individually owned businesses and offer goods including meat, fish, baked goods, vegetables, fruit, nuts, coffee, flowers, plants, Caribbean groceries, prescription medication and more. Additionally, there are many restaurants located in the market, including several that have gone on to start stand-alone restaurants, such as Grindhouse Killer Burgers and Bell Street Burritos. The Market is seen by some as a place to incubate a small business.
- Bonner, Jeanne. "Sweet Auburn Curb Market viewed as business incubator". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 26 December 2013.