A Three Day Weekend Celebration!
Cause for cheer includes the 7th anniversary of the opening of the Mercado San Agustín, the annual Mercado Spring Bazaar and most excitedly the opening of Tucson’s newest shopping center the MSA Annex. The Gadsden Company and Mission District Partners are excited to realize their vision of creating an extraordinary market district in Tucson, AZ. The MSA Annex is an expansion of the Mercado San Agustín, bringing 13 new locally owned small businesses, many women and minority owned, for a total of 26 along the Mercado District’s Avenida Del Convento. These 2 public markets combined provide a lively local shopping, entertainment, and eating experience on the West end of Tucson’s Streetcar, in the historic Menlo Park Neighborhood.
“The vibrancy at Mercado San Agustin was attractive to me. I enjoyed the community feel of shared space. The proximity to the street car, the bike path, the Cushing Street bridge, and A mountain were all very appealing. The strategy to use repurposed shipping containers with a strong architectural angle was compelling”
says Kerry Lane of Beaut Burger.
To celebrate this accomplishment this weekend long block party includes a pop-up market with makers, vintage collectors, food trucks and live music in celebration of this innovative Market District. An exciting feature of the MSA Annex is the Festival Grounds, created in partnership with the talent behind the Tucson All Soul’s Procession and the fire theater, Flam Chen. This festival grounds will provide a state of the art new venue for concerts, festivals and community events, and is a welcome addition to Tucson’s growing music and entertainment scene. Artists performing during the weekend include Tucson’s own Giant Sand and Howe Gelb, Brian Lopez, Mariachi’s, Flam Chen performers, Tom Walbank, Golden Boots and many many more.
The shops and eateries at the MSA Annex are housed beautifully inside modified shipping containers. The containers, designed by Tucson Architect Paul Weiner, are architecturally compelling and modern in nature. The juxtaposition of the Spanish Colonial style Mercado San Agustin and new modern MSA Annex together create a dynamic experience as seen in great cities around the world.
In addition to the Gadsden Company and Mission District Partners the development of this project was made possible with the support of the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District, Clearinghouse CDFI and National Community Investment Fund as well as the New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC). These organizations stand behind community investments that are catalytic to economic growth and are critical to building vibrant cities.