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Jun. 19, 2008 at 9:57am

Thea's Market Coming to Dock Street

The dead zone that is Dock Street is beginning to get interesting with the upcoming addition of Thea's Market. A lonely Dock Street Sandwich Company has recently been joined by Woody's on the Water and this new market on the southeast corner of the Thea's Landing building just across from the Museum of Glass. The space looks right for a convenience-store sized place. I can hope for something along the line of Dave's Meat and Produce but, judging by the packaged ice cream treat display, I'm thinking this will be more of a tourist snack stop. Whatever the case, it would do them wise to stock up and get their doors open in time for the Tall Ships deluge to come. This area has become more accessible with the recently opened "D" Street overpass as well which should bode well for retail and restaurants along the Foss.

I enjoy, however, being proven wrong. More pics below. Any other thoughts on this? Is this our first truly downtown (-ish) market/grocery?

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by intacoma on 6/19/2008 @ 10:06am
might actually do pretty well

by Heather on 6/19/2008 @ 10:09am
Whatever it ends up being, fresh market or convenience store, if it is open by Tall Ships, they should have a great start. This is good news! Thanks for the heads up and pictures!

I've been thinking about a market in that location. Johnny's Seafood Co, just down the street (definitely walkable) has a great selection of seafood, spices, rices, and pastas. Seems like a market down there could carry fresh fruits, veggies, breads, and desserts and residents of Thea's would have some nice options. if I remember correctly, the Dock St Sandwich Co. has a small selection of wine and beer in addition to soup and sandwiches.

by KevinFreitas on 6/19/2008 @ 10:41am
Yea, fruits, veggies, and breads would rock. Let's cross our fingers!

I really hope this is a sign of more activity down there because, like I mentioned, with better access with the new overpass this is now a really easy and reliable area to get to.

by intacoma on 6/19/2008 @ 10:47am
when its sunny I love going to that area for lunch reminds me of my pikeplace lunch days ;_;

by Thorax on 6/19/2008 @ 4:45pm
I'm not the only champion of Tacoma getting our own downtown permanant year-round open air market (DPYROAM)... we all know the famous one in Seattle... yeah, you know the one I'm talking about.
What better place for one than down on the Thea Foss? There is still that group of like 3 huge lots to the north of 15th. That'd be a great place to do it, in the shadow of Murray Morgan. Oh man, that could be so awesome.

by jenyum on 6/19/2008 @ 9:24pm
I was talking today with someone at the market about how great it would be to just close that part of broadway off permanently and have a market every day.

It was so packed today, was so packed last week, there's definitely a demand. I've always got people there at 2:15, disappointed. And then the children's museum could use the grassy space across from them because there'd be no issues with crossing traffic. In my "imagining Tacoma" scenario, there'd be a small playground where the Tacomamama bubble bin currently resides on the grassy part of Pierce Transit Park, and Broadway between 9th and 11th would be a year round daily market.

I don't know about Dock St as the site. The thing about Pike Place is that it's completely a part of downtown Seattle, there are no access issues, and it's natural that you'd visit that area.

by KevinFreitas on 6/24/2008 @ 9:23am
On the way by there today I saw they've already lined the windows with wire-mesh shelving. Still haven't seen a live body there to get details from but certainly will when I do.

by FunkomaVintage on 6/24/2008 @ 10:03am
see......I Wish for a market .....and viola ! one appears ! I promise to always only use my powers for Good...

by KevinFreitas on 6/24/2008 @ 5:26pm
More over on the Biz Buzz

And here I thought the TNT bloggers were more than just frienemies. Sigh, maybe someday they'll remember to do a quick search and toss cred to the first on local stories.

by Erik on 6/24/2008 @ 5:53pm
This could serve as the much needed "anchor" for the businesses on Thea Foss.

by Heather on 6/24/2008 @ 11:13pm
I poked my head in this afternoon and chatted with the owners. They said "specialty foods" several times, and mentioned bread, fruit, veggies (organic), beer, wine, sausages, and a display of glass art by students. Sounds wonderful.

by shannon on 6/27/2008 @ 11:35pm
As part of the family opening the place, I can assure it will not be another convenience store. We will try to offer a wide range of pastas, sauces, local artisan breads, ethnic foods and other specialty items. While we don't have the beer and wine just yet, it will be coming (for now, stop in and see us at Dock St Sandwich Co). We're working with the health department to be able to offer fresh fruits and veggies.

Mostly, we're excited to expand our current business and gain a new group of patrons. If you've got suggestions as to what you'd like to see us offer, stop by and let us know, or just poke your head in and say hi!

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