Along the Trail: City Market


Talk of the Trail: Indianapolis City Market

There are hundreds of businesses along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail that have helped transform our downtown, including the Indianapolis City Market. Nearly as old as the actual city itself, the City Market, a staple of downtown Indianapolis, has garnered national recognition as a historic destination and hotspot as well. We were fortunate enough to speak with Joe Perin, current Public Relations and Event Manager for the market, for further insight. Take a look!

Tell us about the business.

The Indianapolis City Market has been a part of this city since 1821, and in that time it has served as a true market – providing people with fresh produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, etc. – and it has served as downtown’s lunch counter. Today the City Market offers dozens of options for delicious food and drink, as well as other services such as a florist, a barber, and a shoe shine stand, to name a few. We aim to provide a welcoming environment packed with friendly, diverse, and talented people.

What motivated you to start your business?

*I didn’t*

The City Market began in a time when agriculture was still king in most of the United States, and so at that time we were one of the best options for farmers to sell their products. We filled that need then, and we still fill it today with the Original Farmers’ Market held every Wednesday, May through October.

What’s the story behind the name “City Market?”

Just as the name implies, this place is a shopping and eating place for the city of Indianapolis. A location where people can come together for food, for drink, for relaxation, and for events.

What has being on the Cultural Trail done for the business?

The structure of the Cultural Trail provides the City Market with great exposure to both Indy residents and visitors. Additionally, having a Pacers BikeShare station located on our grounds compliments the bike friendly nature of the Cultural Trail and brings scores of riders to us every day!

What is your favorite thing about Indianapolis?

The concept of “Hoosier Hospitality” is real, and it is strong in Indianapolis. People are, for the most party, incredibly kind to one another in Indy, and I think we always find more things that unite us than divide us.

What does “community” mean to you?

To me, “community” means supporting and actively working to help people you might have never met. It means striving to build a community that is friendly, open, healthy, beautiful, sustainable, colorful, and prosperous.

If you haven’t already, don’t wait another day to check out the City Market! With over 30 merchants located within, you’re bound to find something you love… and you’ll find it at 222 E. Market Street.