To Market, To Market!
Date: October 29, 2013
Boasting a handsome new façade, gleaming granite counters and Wi-Fi, the remodeled Northeast Market, a popular lunch spot for Johns Hopkins Medicine employees, is ready for its next century of service.
Built in 1884, the Monument Street landmark serves thousands of regular customers who may grab a roasted turkey sandwich and crunchy salad or buy fresh produce, seafood and pastries from an array of longtime vendors. Although it has remained a lively community hub, Northeast Market hadn’t been refurbished since the 1950s and sorely needed a makeover. Johns Hopkins partnered with the Baltimore Public Markets Corp., Baltimore City, local foundations and the state of Maryland to finance the renovation.
The remodeling project took the market’s historic architecture into account. Extra seating, fresh paint, larger windows, a new sidewalk, a flower shop and other updates give the market a modern feel while preserving its no-frills charm. Vendors have redecorated their stalls with new signs and new paint. Many have begun to use healthier ingredients, such as whole-grain bread, lowfat mayonnaise and cooking oils high in unsaturated fats.
Included in the redesign is a stall reserved for Day at the Market, a twice-monthly program that brings clinical specialists, safety experts, nurses and other caregivers face to face with patrons from East Baltimore and beyond. Led by Barbara Bates-Hopkins and Pat Tracey of the Center in Urban Environmental Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, the 6-year-old program provides a comfortable, nonclinical setting where community residents feel free to ask questions and receive health care information. (Because of construction, the Day at the Market program has been discontinued temporarily and will resume once the renovation is complete.)
A Day at the Market expanded this year to include awareness presentations provided by the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and financed by the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund Program. The fund, drawn from a 1998 settlement with tobacco companies, will also cover the cost of an electronic screen that Bates-Hopkins and Tracey will use to promote community events, health care information and other announcements.
Johns Hopkins Medicine employees and community members are invited to a celebration of the Northeast Market renovation from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, at the market, 2101 E. Monument St., Baltimore. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will perform the ribbon-cutting and make remarks. Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, and Ronald J. Daniels, president of The Johns Hopkins University, are also scheduled to speak.