Make us your home page
Instagram

Fresh Markets & More bringing folks back to Seminole Mall

SEMINOLE

Passers-by have gotten a glimpse of something the past few weekends that has been missing at Seminole Mall for a while — lots of cars and people. • They've come for the city's first-ever green market that has taken advantage of the hiatus similar ventures elsewhere in Pinellas take this time of year and capitalized on an air-conditioned mall with lots of convenient, free parking.

Toss in a variety of foods, crafts and music that organizer Scott Meehan has put together and the hope is that his brainchild will revive interest in a mall that most have written off as dying, if not already dead.

Four weeks in, Fresh Markets & More seems to be delivering.

"I'm pleased so far," Meehan said. That's especially good, he said, considering that this is the slow time of year for green markets and considering the poor economy. Thirty restaurants have closed in the Seminole-Largo area during the past year or so.

The first weekend was the talk of the town; an estimated 6,000-plus shoppers visited the mall to see what it was all about. Things have been up and down and a bit slower since then, but crowds are still coming.

"I've never seen the mall this busy before," Seminole resident Jayne Ward Hachey said. "I think it's going to be good for us."

Hachey decided to take advantage of the crowds by selling her homemade dog treats at the market.

Jayne's Dog Treat Pantry has fresh baked treats in various flavors, such as peanut butter crunch, beef barley and chicken.

Meehan said the market has been financially successful, and he plans to expand as the season changes. He said he has 72 vendors on a waiting list, but he's trying to ensure that shoppers have a variety to choose from so he doesn't want to duplicate what's already there. This coming weekend, for example, a seafood vendor will be added to the mix.

In the future, he wants to add vendors who specialize in items such as chocolates, pastries and salsas. Meehan is also searching for people who have unique arts and crafts to sell. And, on Oct. 2, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections will have a booth for voter registration, education, address changes and to answer election-related questions.

Reach Anne Lindberg at alindberg@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8450.

If you go

Fresh Markets & More

The market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Seminole Mall is at Park Boulevard and 113th Street. For information, call Scott Meehan at (727) 776-7261.

Fresh Markets & More bringing folks back to Seminole Mall 08/31/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 1:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bealls and West Marine to join Pollo Tropical at redeveloped Kmart site in Clearwater

    Economic Development

    CLEARWATER — The long-vacant shopping plaza on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, formerly home to Kmart, is nearing completion, bringing a handful of well-known retailers to the area.

    The long-vacant shopping plaza on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, formerly home to Kmart, is nearing completion. .JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  2. Justice Department says civil rights law does not protect gay people

    Working Life

    The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation in a case now being considered by a New York appeals court.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions boards his plane at Andrews Air Force Base on Thursday. Sessions is traveling to El Salvador to meet with local leaders and discuss their efforts to fight gangs like MS-13. [Pablo Martinez Monsivais | Associated Press]
  3. Duke Energy quietly builds a $1.5 billion plant in Citrus County

    Energy

    CRYSTAL RIVER — Sequestered in a remote part of Citrus County is the most expensive development project you likely haven't heard of.

    Robby Armstrong, Sr., construction specialist at Duke Energy, leads a tour through construction on the combined cycle natural gas plant at the Crystal River Energy Complex. The $1.5 billion project is the largest Duke Energy combined cycle project. Construction is about midway through and expected to be completed in 2018.
[MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  4. Sign up for the daily News at Noon email newsletter

    News

    The Tampa Bay Times has launched a daily newsletter called News at Noon. It'll be the perfect way to catch up with the latest breaking news and our top stories right in your inbox each weekday.

  5. Jeff Bezos tops Bill Gates as world's richest person — for now

    Corporate

    Jeff Bezos on Thursday took something away from a billionaire neighbor in the Seattle area, Bill Gates — the mantle of world's richest person.

    Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, discusses his Blue Origin reusable rocket project in Colorado Springs in April. A bump in the price of Amazon shares in July of 2017 was enough to move  Bezos above Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, who has topped Forbes' billionaires list 18 out of the last 23 years. 
(Nick Cote | The New York Times]