Love Your Local Market
With everything you need, all under one roof, what’s not to love about your local market?
One of the few remaining covered Victorian markets in the country, the Market Hall in Carlisle city centre has everything from fresh food stalls and florists to haberdashery and health shops. It is a hub, brimming with activity, at the heart of the city.
Carlisle’s original ‘super’ market stands as proudly on Scotch Street today as it did when it first opened in 1889. The Market Hall, which is also known as the Covered Market, has a long and colourful history, yet it still offers an important service to shoppers in the City Centre. The market now boasts more than 35 vendors and remains an affordable way for local people to own a city centre business.
The Love Your Local Market campaign, which took place over a fortnight in May, is set up to encourage shoppers to rediscover the joy of their local market.
Helen Wylie, who manages the Market said: “People visiting the Market for the first time seem enthralled by the experience but, sadly, too often those who live and work in the city do not regularly shop in their Local Market.
“With their busy lives it is so much easier to shop online or to buy their weekly shopping at a large supermarket with everything from tea bags to televisions under one roof and free parking
She added: “Small Businesses need the all year round support of local people otherwise they will not survive.”
Home to many of the City Centre small businesses the Covered Market is a melting pot of traditional and modern retailers brimming with an eclectic mix of quality goods and services. Shoes, pet supplies, stationery, jewellery and chinese medicine are just some examples of the variety of goods that can be found there, as well as plenty of places to refuel afterwards, such as the new, Ecce Speciality Coffee.
he Market is a foodies paradise, with fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, cheese shops, international cuisine and wholefoods. And for those who are becoming more aware of where their food comes from, it doesn’t get much fresher than the local market.
A leisurely stroll around the Market Hall will lead shoppers to something of interest at every corner. This Aladdin’s cave of retail gems has a friendly atmosphere and a sense of community that only comes with shopping local.
Helen said: “Carlisle can only be enhanced by an eclectic mix of small businesses offering a variety of quality products and services and a level of customer service which is second to none. Our City Centre would be a poorer place without the Market Hall so I encourage you all to, Love Your Local Market.”
The Market Hall is open Monday to Saturday 8am – 5pm.
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