NewBo City Market Celebrates One Year in Business

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - NewBo Market is celebrating one year in business this week. Since opening 200,000 people have set foot in the market. They've expanded their hours- now offering lunch on Thursdays and have made everything in the market 100 percent compostable in an effort to be more green.

Now that the doors have been open for a year, those who run the market say they will be looking at what works and what doesn't. They say they're proud of what the market has accomplished in the last year but are looking at how they can improve. When people go to the market they have come to expect fresh produce, homemade baked goods, food from around the world, and hand made crafts. That won't change, even as the mix of permanent and temporary vendors does.
Heading into year two they plan to look more at programming and events they can offer to the public to draw people in.

"Even at one year we can't become stagnant. It's always what can we do to bring people in, how can we offer better food, fresher food, how can we educate people on living and eating healthy," said Kristie Wetjen, Newbo Executive Director.

Wetjen says she receives phone calls almost daily from people all around the country wanting to open their own indoor market and looking to Newbo as a model.


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