New Water Street Tampa market brings 50 vendors to the neighborhood

People gather in the streets to enjoy an outdoor market.Tall green trees line either side of the road. Vendors are set up under white tents.
A huge outdoor market occurs monthly in Water Street Tampa | Photo by Andrew Harlan

A new monthly fresh market series debuted in the Water Street Tampa neighborhood in January 2023. The first market kicked off the neighborhood’s robust 2023 community programming. This huge market hosts more than 50 local food and wellness-focused vendors and artisans. The Market will provide residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the balanced lifestyle available in Tampa’s newest live-work-play destination. Water Street’s event is made in partnership with Tampa Bay Markets. Those interested in vending can inquire online here.

“We look forward to bringing the community together to access fresh produce and products from Tampa’s impressive local vendors in our monthly markets as part of our vision for creating a wellness- and community-oriented neighborhood,” said Lee Schaffler, Chief Portfolio Officer for SPP.


Water Street brings fresh produce vendors to the neighborhood

The Market at Water Street Tampa will be held from 10am-3pm on the third Sunday of every month. Taking place in the heart of the neighborhood, The Market will offer a diverse mix of vendors, farmers and live entertainment along Water Street. Selling fresh, local, homemade, handcrafted, fair-trade, vintage or eco-friendly products, vendors will rotate regularly and the Market will celebrate cultural moments including Black History Month, International Women’s Day, Pride Month, and more. Water Street Tampa will collaborate with Tampa Bay Markets to select the vendors for the series.

“Tampa Bay Markets is excited to bring a unique, fresh, local shopping experience to Water Street Tampa and to support local makers in becoming part of this thriving community,” said Greg Barnhill, Finance Director of Tampa Bay Markets.

Public art and live entertainment at the market

Vendors include local farmers like Green Leaf Farms, Riverbend Cattle Company and The Honey Couple, and artisans such as Sweet Harvest Farms, Tampa Bae Macrame and Bowtism.


“Water Street Tampa’s transformation of Downtown Tampa is incredibly beneficial for the surrounding communities, and we are thrilled for the opportunity to be a part of new market series starting next year,” said Cynthia Young-Jennings, owner of Sweet Harvest Farms, a handmade bath and body shop. “We look forward to sharing our unique, organic products with the Tampa community.”  

In addition to the local vendors, Water Street Tampa residents and visitors can also look forward to enjoying public art and live entertainment throughout the neighborhood during each monthly market, as well as unique community art programs in partnership with local non-profits and rotating artisans.

Neighborhood with a wellness-focused design

Aligning with the neighborhood’s commitment to wellness, The Market at Water Street Tampa offers residents and visitors a way to begin the week with a fresh mind and body, and provides convenient access to fresh, healthy foods and a walkable environment — important components of the WELL Community Standard, a designation pioneered by Water Street Tampa to set a new benchmark for wellness in the built environment.

With its robust wellness-focused design and programming — including opportunities for movement and fitness, access to alternative modes of transportation, increased access to fresh air and natural light — Water Street Tampa is the world’s first WELL Precertified Community and is on track to receive its WELL Certified Community designation by the International WELL Building Institute next year. In 2023, Water Street Tampa will welcome even more retailers, restaurants and community events as the neighborhood continues to come to life in Downtown Tampa.

See a full guide to markets happening across the Tampa Bay region here.

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