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Newly Opened Logan Street Market, Home to 35 Independent Businesses

By Rachel Reynolds

Medora and Mike Safai were driving home from Cincinnati when they were brainstorming and landed on the great idea for Logan Street Market in Louisville.

“We were in the car and said, ‘wouldn’t it be cool if Louisville had a public market?’” Medora says.  The couple had just visited Finlay’s Market in Cincinnati.  “By the time we got home, we had a business plan.”

Logan Street Market was launched in October 2019 in a building that was a candy and tobacco distribution warehouse for 30 years.  In 2016 it became a coffee roasting facility run by Medora and Mike, and the building had lots of extra space for a market. 

“Mike’s family is from Seattle, and when we visit there we always go to Pike’s Market,” Medora says.  The planning for Logan Street was inspired by public markets in larger cities like Pike’s, Quincy Market in Boston, Reading Market in Philadelphia, and Findlay’s Market in Cincinnati.

The market, located at 1001 Logan Street, covers 30,000 square feet of interior space, plus there’s a side street outdoor market on weekends.  Thirty-five booths make up the permanent year-round market, with an additional 10-15 pop-up booths on Sundays.

The market was created as an entrepreneurial incubator, each vendor chosen specifically to fill a niche. It fulfills the needs of local residents in the city’s food desert neighborhoods while providing out-of-towners a fun place to explore Louisville’s creative side.  

It houses Wild Hops Brewery and the newly revealed Wild Hops International Lounge -- an 8,000-square-foot space with a stage, soft seating and optimal social distancing options.

The businesses are independently and locally owned, often by minorities and women.  They showcase a mixture from apparel and arts to take-home staples like groceries, pet supplies, meats, seafood, cheese, coffee, packaged wine, spirits and beer as well as dine-in prepared foods inspired by Latin, Asian and French cuisine.  

Pop-up vendors on weekends increase shopping options from local bakers, makers and growers. Art Bazaar on the last Friday of the month highlights local artists’ creativity.

The market runs Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Mondays.  Breakfast starts at 8 a.m., shopping is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and bars serve until 8 p.m. There will be special extended hours through the holidays – on Friday and Saturday, all vendors will stay open until 8 p.m.

Logan Street just won the runner up for “best place to socially distance” in the Leo Reader’s Choice Award.


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