Top Hops Plans New ‘To Go’ Stall Inside the Essex Street Market
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In due course, the Essex Street Market will boast its first dedicated beer purveyor. Local favorite Top Hops Beer Shop over on Orchard is opening a dedicated “To Go” stall in the 75-year-old facility. And the wheels are already in motion for construction.
Top Hops recently signed a lease for the space for the former Essex Flowers stall in the southeast corner of the facility. This outpost of the Lower East Side company will sell to-go bottles, cans, growlers, and snacks alongside the beer. Tentative opening is at some point after the Christimas holiday.
The choice of vendor for this vacated stall is apt. There is currently no option to purchase beer within the confines of the Essex Market. This would definitely fill a void, and possible increase foot traffic to an institution that has struggled the last couple years.
Regarding the latter, it’s worth reiterating that the management structure could be here is changing. Essex Street Market manager NYCEDC is having conversations regarding future management structure options for the Market, and earlier, Community Board 3 voted in favor of a resolution to create the Essex Street Market Preservation and Development Corporation with the help of the Lower East Side BID. Their resolution proposes creating It’s a dedicated and locally-based nonprofit management entity that will would, according to its mission:
- Provide day-to-day management of market operations including sanitation, security leasing, and operations of both the current and future facilities.
- Oversee marketing, promotions, events, and programming through a contract with the Lower East Side BID.
- Interact and liaise with partner organizations and agencies including EDC and NYC Small Business Service.
- Ensure positive vendor and customer relations, including attracting and serving a diverse customer base reflective of the Lower East Side’s dynamic residential community.
Partner with other organizations, groups, and stakeholders to advance the market mission.