After 10 years of passionate planning, Christopher Cipoletti saw his dream become reality last week when the Pikes Peak Market finally opened. With its 3,000 square feet, the Art Deco building can house up to 20 food vendors, many of whom will rotate seasonally as offerings change.
Exposed red brick walls, industrial lighting and concrete floors are the backdrop for merchants to create their own look for their stalls, positioned around the perimeter and down the center of the space at 9 S. Weber St. Walls of weathered pallets separating the stalls lend a rustic, uniform appearance. At the back of the market are tables and chairs for relaxing and enjoying your food purchases.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Though all the stalls aren't rented yet, a nice collection of vendors has set up shop. Here's a look at the businesses and owners signed up:
- Azteca Gourmet: Owner Lorena Martinez-Jakubczak makes the most flavorful and unique tamales you'll find anywhere. The masa is filled with premium meat - 100 percent grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free. She also makes vegetarian, vegan and dessert tamales.
- Crown Cakes: Owner Victoria Johnson makes gluten-free bundt cakes in single flavors of lemon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, pumpkin, apple, coconut, key lime and carrot, plus dual flavors of vanilla-thyme, lemon-basil, chocolate-peppermint, chocolate-chipotle pepper, coffee-cardamom, pumpkin-anise, coconut-fennel, key lime-ginger, apple-tarragon and carrot-rosemary. And for the holidays, she has a chocolate Christmas cake.
- The Pickle Lady: Owner Shannon Rolf makes gourmet pickles, relishes and preserves.
- COS' bucha: Owner Richard Lemesany makes the fermented raw kombucha tea.
- Sali's Sassy Salsa: Owner Sali McGrath has been making hot and mild salsa since the late '90s.
- The Cheese People of Colorado Springs: Owners Bleys and Lynn Kueck sell cheese made at Midwestern farms.
- A Garden of Healing: Owner Sarah Grant sells organic herbs, teas, tinctures and body care, and she offers lifestyle coaching.
- Coco Prana: Owners Michael and Holly Sucharski make coconut butter and coconut-based foods.
- Bonbon Bombardier: Owners Sean Price and Jenny Bazzetta make traditional and unconventional candies and sweets with seasonal Colorado flavors. Everything is made in small batches using simple, real ingredients with no artificial flavorings or high-fructose corn syrup. They join the market in December.
- Soul Water Coffee: Owner Stephie Gregory uses locally roasted coffee to make cold brews, lattes and other espresso drinks. She joins the market in December.
- Bloom and Press: Owner Jen King sells fresh and dried, pressed flowers. She joins the market in December.
- Colorado Crepe Co.: Owners Annie Lepillez and Leah Marie Shockley make crepes using local organic food. They join the market in January.
- High Plains Helping Hands: The faith-based ministry serves northeast Colorado Springs, helping neighbors in need. Executive Director David Edson will operate the booth.