POOL, the new collaborative market in Mesa, opens to the public July 30 at 10 a.m. for a test run before its grand opening this September, and more than 40 merchants will be open for business.
Here's the rundown of food on-site:
- Grab a cup of coffee to start the day at East Main Street Café, open at 7 a.m.
- Peruse the first Arizonian indoor Farmer's Market for fresh local produce.
- Grab lunch at Gallo Pinto Empanadas, Josepi's Hot Dogs, Pan Asian Bistro or Pedrito's.
- Cool down with a frozen treat from Poppy's Shaved Ice or satisfy your sweeth tooth at Sugar Mama's Sweets or I Dream of Donuts.
Between helpings, scope out the other wares, including flowers, kids' clothes, clocks and hats, just to name a few. Heck, you can even get a haircut.
Renovations are still underway to transform the big box retail space that was once a Mervyn's into the collaborative market its founders envisioned, scheduled to be completed before its September grand opening.
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"We are perfecting our concept while we finish renovations and we're adding new merchants every day," POOL CEO and Co-Founder Brad Weinstock said.
When finished, the market will house the following purpose-specific spaces:
- An indoor/outdoor Farmer's Market with fresh local produce.
- The Living Room for entertainment and interaction.
- The Garden, an indoor/outdoor green space with dining areas.
- And the catch-all, self-explanatory Meet/Gather/Rest/Learn spots to meet friends, host social events, relax, and enroll in chef-hosted cooking classes.
POOL will be open for business Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the summer and is located at 1240 East Main Street in Mesa. For more information on the concept, check out our post about its inception.