Despite its strong opening in June of 2019 and demand from the community, the Mequon Public Market, 6300 W. Mequon Rd., has not been immune to the effects of COVID-19.
According to Cindy Shaffer, developer of the Mequon Public Market, three of the Market vendors – Bavette La Boucherie, Beans and Barley and Bowls – have made the decision not to reopen their storefronts.
"All three have long standing Milwaukee locations and ultimately decided to focus on those locations," notes Shaffer. "While we are sad to see them go, we are pleased with the response we have had for the space and have leases out for all three. Despite the pandemic, many Mequon Public Market vendors experienced record sales in recent months demonstrating their engagement with the Mequon community."
Shaffer also underscores that the Market has a variety of plans to engage consumers this summer.
"We have a number of up-coming community events and are excited to enter the summer months with even more opportunities to introduce people to Spur 16 and the Mequon Public Market vendors," notes Shaffer. "Currently an outdoor makers market is being held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors range from produce, honey, flowers to gift items such as textiles, jewelry and other handmade creations."
"While no one could have expected a pandemic in their first year, all of us at Spur 16 and The Mequon Public market are optimistic and encouraged as we enter our second year serving the Mequon community," she adds.
Current vendors at the Market include Anodyne Coffee, Cafe Corazon, Happy Dough Lucky, La Terre, Purple Door Ice Cream, Santorini Grill and Screaming Tuna (Lil’ Tuna). The Market is currently open for curbside and carryout only. However, patrons are welcome to make use of outdoor seating, which is spaced out to allow for appropriate social distancing.
Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.
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