An Inside Look At Parker Street Market’s Expansion In West Village

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As of late, many of Detroit’s developments have been “big” – a new Lawrence Tech building, the Whole Foods, multiple square blocks of Brush Park, and the new Red Wings arena. But the fun – and the signs of real life – are in the small.

Owner David Kirby expects the expansion to finish by the end of summer.
Owner David Kirby expects the expansion to finish by the end of summer.

To that end, Parker Street Market, the hidden West Village corner store adored by Detroit foodies, has only been on the scene a little more than a year, but it is already expanding 700 sq. ft. by the end of the summer. This will at least triple 1the store’s inventory. It has come a long way from working on consignment with vendors to stock its shelves.

The tin ceiling is part of the original building.
The tin ceiling is part of the original building. Photo courtesy: David Kirby

Shopping at Parker Street Market feels like shopping in an upscale New York City bodega. Owner David Kirby stocks uniquely hyper-local treasures like chocolates from BonBonBon and sandwiches from Rose’s Fine Foods, and other products usually found at good farmers markets. In fact, that is how Parker Street Market got started.

The expansion will add about 700 sq. ft.
The expansion will add about 700 sq. ft. Photo courtesy: David Kirby

Kirby is from New York City. His partner is Caitlin James, co-owner of raw juice company DROUGHT with her sisters. Caitlin’s experience talking to vendors at local farmers markets, made it obvious how badly vendors needed a place to display their products for sale. Parker Street started from that need.

David wants to eventually turn his bodega into more, complete with fresh produce and eggs. The expansion will mark a new chapter for the storefront.

Once complete, the store will offer at least triple the size of its current inventory.
Once complete, the store will offer at least triple the size of its current inventory. Photo courtesy: David Kirby

It means more shelves, bigger brands and mostly importantly, more space for Michigan vendors. Getting into Parker Street Market has been mutually beneficial for Detroit’s small businesses, as they have gone on to display their products in more grocery stores like Plum Market.

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