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Phoenix Public Market's Indoor Addition Underway Downtown

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Downtown urbanites will no longer have to brave the summer heat for their local veggies and fruits come September.

The folks behind the Phoenix Public Market, the Saturday farmer's market for the downtown set, are making progress on the construction of its indoor incarnation, the Urban Grocery and Wine Bar at 14 E. Pierce St.

The downtown market was conceived from the beginning as one step in the process of building a permanent market district for CenPho. Though it won't be open until mid-September, Phoenix Public Market, which opened in 2005, is a year-round endeavor -- one of the few farmer's markets that braves the summer sun every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The new market will have it all -- affordable groceries that you can eat in or take out, wine and beer, flowers and plants, bath and body goodies and even pet products -- and anything that's locally made will, of course, be given priority. Royal Coffee Bar on Jackson and 2nd Ave. even got in on the action. They will be opening a second location inside the market, called Royal at the Market.

The hours for the coming project will be Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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