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  • Mitchell Antesky


So I want to continue to clarify our position and why I am frequently mentioning the Art on Market Shoppes.

Okay, so as Sophia Petrillo would say, picture it, Toledo Ohio, 2021, The Erie Street Market is actually divided into 5 bays. Currently two are vacant, once they housed the actual Erie Street Market from the famed 1980's, which hosted a huge variety of independant food vendors in a mall like setting and an array of shopping options, (a story of it's own to share sometime) and a large stage once known as the Civic Auditorium, home to concerts and even infamous boxing matches, also now sits awaiting another new life. A third bay is occupied by Hull & Associates, LLC, a project development and engineering consulting firm. The Libbey Glass Factory Outlet fills the bay neighboring our home, the northern most bay. Bay five as we are known at one time was outside of the market building, many changes have occurred over the more than a century that this building has stood in one form or another. Not that long ago, bay five, was the control center for the majority of the city's street and traffic signals. Some remnants of the apparent miles of wires to control that system are still visible in the bay five "lobby".

This approximately 4000 plus square foot area was then dived into 7 rooms all directly off a central hallway that runs its length. For further confusion, they will now be called suites, A-G. The Toledo Lamp Company is in suites B and C. The JewelryJoint is located in suite D. This leaves suites, A,E and F open. A is 352 sq. ft., E is 341 sq. ft. and F is 330 sq. ft. (all approximate). For those of you, like me, that have trouble visualizing how large that square footage is, picture a room about 23x15 feet. Each has 12 foot ceiling height and one window, a second window may be made available when the current operation of the window air conditioners is determined. These spaces are perfect for a small studio and/or retail opportunity. Ideal for a painter, woodworker, photographer or any number of options, excluding some art fair crafts. Not being familiar with the proper real estate definitions for terms like "fixer upper", I would wager this would be a good description for some aspects of these spaces. While being structurally sound a fresh coat of paint and some minor cosmetic choices to fit the desires of the tenant would be all they would need to go from a little tired to something with a noticeable wow factor. Suite G is the largest at approx. 620 sq. ft. and has been updated to include a lower drop ceiling and plenty of fluorescent lighting. These spaces are all directly off the main hallway that is easily accessible from the main entrance at the corner of Erie and Market Streets or through the Libbey Glass Outlet.

Here is the chance to get in on the ground floor of what has the potential to be a booming destination shopping attraction. Be an entrepreneur. Be your own boss and sell that art that is currently filling the spare room as you wait for more festivals and shows to be cancelled in the future. Have that space you can call your own, something you may not have been able to do since a childhood treehouse! Due to the nature of this concept, hours of operation must include, but not be limited to Saturday 8-5 and Sunday 10-5. Expanding hours to fit the demands of special game or event days/nights will be determined as business warrants and current Covid-19 guidelines are adjusted.

The aforementioned hallway is going to be transformed into a juried gallery to offer art for sale by a variety of local artists. Hang a few pieces or a larger series, set your price and our commission will never lower your profit. This gallery is a great opportunity for the artist who doesn't have the time to commit to even a part time retail location but wants exposure to eager shoppers.

Potential tenants are currently being sought. Leases will be on a month to month basis and rates are very reasonable for a downtown location like this with exposure to thousands that visit the Farmers' Market every weekend, the popular night markets, the attractions in downtown including Fifth Third field and Huntington Center events and more. Details can be discussed via messaging or making arrangements to take a tour of the facilities, through the Art on Market Shoppes Facebook page, Instagram account or through Toledo Lamp Company.

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