History

The public market concept is based on European markets where people shopped daily for their food, and evolved into the market houses that served as the retail centers of pre-1950s American cities. Over the past two decades, public markets have evolved again to promote public goals that serve their communities & regions.

Pittsburgh’s last public market house was demolished in 1965 to make way for development on the North Side, greatly reducing the opportunities for local farmers, vendors & artisans to showcase their wares, and for consumers to enjoy the freshness, variety & uniqueness of the food & merchandise grown and created in our region. Seasonal farmers markets, craft fairs and, to a large extent, the Strip itself, have helped to fill this gap, but something more was needed.

Pittsburgh Public Market was built as a modern return to the traditional centralized market that provides a unique variety of food and goods and provides opportunities to connect local merchants with consumers. After an eight-year planning process by its parent organization, Neighbors in the Strip, PPM opened in a 12,000 square foot space on September 3, 2010, in the Produce Terminal Building on Smallman Street.

Due to development in the area and a need for improved infrastructure, PPM recognized the need to identify a new, permanent home for the Market. In spring of 2013, the Market’s relocation to the 30,000+ space at 2401 Penn Avenue was announced. The Market opened at its current location on October 23, 2013.

Neighbors in the Strip

When visiting the Pittsburgh Public Market, check out the rest of our neighborhood, the Strip! You'll find dozens of distinctive shops, the aroma of coffee, the scent of fresh baked bread, and the excitement of a festival, every day.

Book Your Event at PPM

We can accommodate events of 25 to 775, with most spaces available during business and non-business hours. Click here to view holiday party info & call 412-281-4505 to book your event today!

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