• Rock River Development Partnership to Host Ribbon Cutting of Rockford City Market

     
    POSTED October 22, 2019
     
  • Rock River Development Partnership to Host Ribbon Cutting of Rockford City Market

     
    POSTED October 22, 2019
     
  • Rock River Development Partnership to Host Ribbon Cutting of Rockford City Market

     
    POSTED October 22, 2019
     

Rock River Development Partnership, a nonprofit organization with a vision for bringing people and businesses together, recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 20 to mark the opening of the new and improved Rockford City Market.

Originally, the market was an outdoor-only seasonal event, but recently it has rooted itself as a more permanent fixture with the addition of an indoor facility, while the already existing outdoor space has been expanded. “The outdoor seasonal market is larger and has the advantage of being along the river in a beautiful setting, in a climate where summers are short and cherished. The indoor venue is not the same or a replacement, but a complement to the outdoor market,” says Cathy McDermott, executive director of Rock River Development Partnership.

The new indoor facility includes several fixed food halls, an incubator kitchen and event spaces. The kitchen spaces can be rented separately or together, and fees are based on an hourly rate. “In addition to markets, we will be hosting various events such as trivia nights, dance lessons, movie nights, art classes, pop-up events, cooking classes and more,” says McDermott.

Additionally, Rockford City Market houses two event facilities, The Market Hall and Bowtruss Room, ideal for hosting business meetings, corporate events and weddings. “They both have an industrial feel, but the Market Hall is more of a raw look with concrete walls and limestone accents. The Bowtruss Room has brick walls and bowstring trusses. Both rooms are available to rent separately or together, depending on the day and what other public events we have going,” say McDermott.

Not only does the ribbon cutting ceremony represent the opening of a new establishment, it represents the support of entrepreneurs, local businesses and the community that make the Rockford City Market a meaningful place.

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