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Public Market Opening Date?
updated: Jan 08, 2014, 11:10 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Can anyone report if the Santa Barbara Public Market is actually on track to open this spring? It seems like the opening keeps getting delayed. Also could someone explain what "hyper local urban foraging" is as it is advertised on their website. Thanks

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 COMMENT 483409 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 11:21 AM

No, but it sure looks like it's coming along well.
I'd imagine hyper local urban foraging is exactly what it sounds like!
Sounds gross in relation to a market though, hope they wont exclusively be selling some bruised berries they picked up from a neighbors yard!

 

 REXOFSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 11:21 AM

"Hyper local urban foraging" = license to charge through the roof for anything they want to, in the guise of making you believe that you're somehow doing something beneficial for the planet. This is the eco-version of psychobabble.

 

 COMMENT 483411 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 11:22 AM

Guessing they won't open on time.

As to foraging, this from one of many web sites and blogs on the subject:

"What exactly is urban foraging? While there are different kinds of urban foragers, some who harvest plants growing in their area, others practice guerilla gardeningby “farming” public lands, there are also those who will pickup day old bread and other outdated food stuffs from restaurants and grocery stores, and others who dine on dumpster leftovers, yes dumpster diving is still alive and well for many."

 

 COMMENT 483414 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 11:33 AM

The woman who is the developer is in la la land.

 

 COMMENT 483418 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 11:43 AM

I heard from their marketing contact quite recently that they are in fact on track to open this spring as planned - March or April, I apologize, I forget which month she said.

 

 COMMENT 483419 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 11:43 AM

All delays and real estate problems will be blamed on the neighborhood which apparently isn't turning itself into Montecito's Upper Village.

 

 COMMENT 483420 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 11:45 AM

how many of those condos have sold?

 

 GREG agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 12:20 PM

Long ago I'd wished for a Pike's Place kind of market in Santa Barbara; although this venture isn't an outdoor, folksy market, I'm keeping an open mind that this public market may be an asset to our downtown. An occasional splurge on ice cream, quality bakery goods, and more will be good. Could've been a lot worse a choice for revenue. I appreciate also someone thought out of the traditional "box" in taking a chance on a public market venture.

 

 COMMENT 483437P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 12:36 PM

I am glad it is to feature local businesses.

 

 COMMENT 483445 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 12:53 PM

@4834347P Actually only a couple of the business going in there will be locally owned.

 

 COMMENT 483455 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 01:06 PM

I'm on track to continue enjoying the vast benefits of shopping in Ventura where the pretense is low and the value is high. Urban forage this.

 

 COMMENT 483471 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 01:35 PM

445: Try again. Out of the 14 shops listed on their "Purveyors" page, at least 8 of them are local businesses (a few don't have websites listed and I didn't check those).

The public market is going to be great. Can't wait to have this great selection of fresh specialty foods close by.

 

 COMMENT 483489 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 02:24 PM

"handcrafted", "regionally sourced", "sustainable", "local", "artisanal", "leed"...

Yup, the Public Market folks are 6-for-6 in useless buzzwords

 

 COMMENT 483499 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 03:06 PM

Something like the Whole Earth Marketplace where the old State Street Theater was would make me happy. Artists working in the marketplace and selling their art/craft. Unlike Yes Store where there is just retail.

 

 COMMENT 483518P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 03:56 PM

I can't wait. Way better than the vacant Von's that was sitting there for years.

 

 COMMENT 483529 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 04:29 PM

Rori's Ice Cream is locally owned and it is awesome!! She and her family live IN Santa Barbara.

 

 COMMENT 483531 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 04:31 PM

Probably the best service that the Public Market is offering to the community is all the new additional parking in the area...

 

 COMMENT 483538P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 04:44 PM

As for parking, that'll be balanced by the under-parked condo development owned by the Corwins and going up in the lot on Sola.

 

 NATURE BOY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 05:40 PM

489: "Handcrafted", "regionally-sourced", "sustainable", and "local" are useless buzzwords?? Wow, they sound better than "factory-produced", "China-sourced", "unsustainable", and "Chinese" ANY day! Why so glum?

 

 COMMENT 483644 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 07:55 PM

I don't get how those are useless buzzwords. Maybe overused in some situations or by certain people. But local merchants selling goods that are made from sources that don't deplete easily or harm people or the environment isn't useless.

In fact, one could argue that as a definitive fact. But I'm not in the mood to argue. I'm in the mood to look forward to a new retail and food marketplace and hope it's good and brings some jobs to people struggling to get by in our town.

 

 COMMENT 483653P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 08:06 PM

I agree with you Nature Boy!

 

 COMMENT 483691P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 10:01 PM

I would bet the market opens on time, they will need income due to all the unsold condos. I wonder if any of these developers have figured out people would rather buy a house in Montecito or Hope Ranch than a condo with no views in their developments if the price is the same. If the condos were 1.3 and under they might sell but they price them much higher. I also find myself wondering how the public market will fare when the property is foreclosed by the lender who may not honor the leases.

 

 COMMENT 483699P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-08 10:34 PM

Nature Boy, do you know what "hyper local urban foraging" means?

 

 COMMENT 483714P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 07:04 AM

Hope this doesn't translate into a tourist-type marketplace with high prices that locals won't want to pay. We already have some great local ice cream/bakery businesses in town...

 

 COMMENT 483722 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 07:38 AM

even 1.3 mill for those shoebox condos is a ridiculous number.

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 07:49 AM

Jeez, the food police and pundits are out in force on this thread…perhaps we could wait until it opens instead of arm chairing this thing into next week. A source of anything local and/or delicious sounds fantastic. No one is twisting your arm and making you go there…let those that enjoy it, enjoy it…is that so hard?

 

 COMMENT 483737 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 08:16 AM

@714P Most likely there will be great products available at truly ridiculous prices. The rents are not cheap. The kind of place you may go once in a while for a specific product but not feasible for everyday shopping. I love the breads from Crazy Good Bread (opening a location in the market as well) but $12 for a loaf of bread is just a bit absurd.

It will be interesting to see how this whole public market thing plays out. I would not be shocked if it starts out with a bang but as time goes on it becomes a ghost town as the size of our city just can't support a type of place like this unfortunately. This is not the Ferry Building in San Francisco. The great thing though is Full of Life Flatbread is opening a restaunt in the associated development which I am certain will be awesome.

 

 BONNER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 08:46 AM

Think this is the best idea to come along in a while, can't wait to get in there... it's in my community and to be in walking distance will be a joy! If I want to buy some high end product and go elsewhere for other things, my business... I guess the "look at the bottom level" naysayers have nothing else to do this morning.

 

 REXOFSB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 09:06 AM

AQUAHOLIC: I think a lot of our amusement comes from the nonsensical "urban foraging" silliness that is put out by the Public Market. I've found that meaningless terms like that are often there to provide an air of...what?...sophistication?...faux elegance?...that somehow justifies high prices.

 

 COMMENT 483791 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 09:36 AM

Why am I reminded of "Bonfire of the Vanities"?

 

 NATURE BOY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 06:36 PM

699P: Yep, i'm pretty sure i know what "hyper-local urban foraging" means. Why do you ask?

 

 NATURE BOY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-09 06:39 PM

737: The most expensive loaf of bread listed on Crazy Good Bread SB's website is $7. Which one have you seen that is the $12 you mention??

 

 COMMENT 484069 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-10 07:19 AM

@NATURE BOY $7 is for the mini loafs, $12 for the regular size loafs, confirmed (I buy bread there almost weekly, expensive but tasty).

Also could you please explain to us what "hyper local urban foraging" is?

 

 COMMENT 484179P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-10 10:51 AM

We ask you since you seem to be able to translate psycho-babble (wink).

 

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