The Empire Market project will bring a new destination to Joplin and the surrounding region, a public market for locals and visitors alike to sample the best produce, artisan goods, live music, and gourmet food. Help us make this a reality!
We are set to open on April 28, 2018. If we raise our goal amount of $5250, we will be able to enhance the market experience from day one.
We have a fantastic initial group of vendors, and will be adding more as the year progresses.
Phase One of our endeavor will feature an indoor/outdoor public market, with upwards of 25 vendors. There will also be teaching gardens on campus this year we have a slate of programming planned to make market days even more entertaining and edifying.
What We Need:
We are all set to open on April 28, but donations collected here toward our goal will help us create a more comfortable market for vendors and guests alike.
LED energy efficient lighting: help us brighten us our building with ropes of the lovely LED bulbs and rewiring our existing sodium (yellow light! yuck!) fixtures. We want you to see the beauty of every tomato.
Sound System: Can you hear me now? We need to invest in a quality sound system, so music can reach your hears. There's only so loud that we can yell.
Furniture: We want you to sit down and stay awhile. But that means comfy seating. Picnic tables, rocking chairs, maybe even some swings for our pavilion. All for your enjoyment.
Sunshades: It's going to get hot out there. Our festival courtyard could use a few snazzy sunshades to help our vendors and customers beat the summer heat.
Garden Beds & Flowers: We're all about the green, and want to transform our concrete and brick into a verdant paradise. Raised beds, colorful flowers, herbal bushes, and more to delight the senses.
Recycling Containers & Trash Cans: It's not that we want to talk trash, but here we are. Being able to keep as much out of our landfills is important to us, but for that we need a system of bins for paper and plastic recycling, as well as containers for organic refuse (wonderful compost!).
Fans: We like to think we're pretty cool, but our market halls are going to get a bit steamy during our Missouri summers. A nice supply of fans will keep it breezy for all of us.
What You'll Get
Want to be first in line on market days? Or make sure you get invited to all the special events we have planned (farm to table dinners, anyone?)? Then check out the donation levels for details on our fun incentives.
Of course, you'll also have the knowledge that you're helping to help make this dream a reality. Be the change you want to see. Every little bit helps.
All donations are tax deductible, too!
Want to help out, but don't want to use your credit card? We can take checks, too! Just mail them to 931 E 4th Street, Joplin MO 64801.
Are you interested in a larger donation and naming rights to areas of the market? Get ahold of us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll set up a meeting.
Have any other questions? Or just want to keep up with the market project (or Third Thursday & Wine Share)? Check out our website at www.downtownjoplin.com