Liberty North Community Market press release

The below is a press release update on the new Liberty North Community Market that will begin the first weekend of April in the parking lot at 5th & Eye.

(Washington, D.C.) – The Liberty North Community Market, a new public market at 5thand Eye Street, NW, will open on April 2nd and operate Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00-6:00 p.m. every weekend. The market is located on the site of the future Arts at 5th and Eye Hotel, to be developed by Donohoe Development.

“We are very excited to sponsor the Liberty North Community Market on our site,”said developer Jad Donohoe. “The market will activate this burgeoning neighborhood until we are ready to start construction of the hotel.”

The Liberty North Community Market will feature arts, crafts, produce, prepared foods, and home improvement goods. More than 80 local vendors have been identified to make this market a unique location for shopping and dining, including an award winning fashion designer, metal worker, Asian produce, and a hand-crafted chocolate maker.

“We are revolutionizing the way people think about public markets,” declared Chef Kenac, market manager. “We are clustering artists together so that there is more synergy between creative people. Artist will be paired under a gazebo to create an inviting, gallery-like atmosphere that protects their works from the elements.”

The Liberty North Community Market derives it name from the historic Northern Liberties Market that operated for 120 years in the neighborhood. Its first location was on Mount Vernon Square in 1846 and then it expanded to 5th and K Streets, NW in 1874 –where Safeway is today. The market burned in 1946 and finally closed in the 1960s. The area north of Massachusetts Avenue, NW was considered beyond the civilized part of town in the early 19th century – hence the moniker “Northern Liberties.”

Liberty North Community Market is produced by Chef Kenac Productions and is sponsored by ANC6C, Donohoe Development, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s office, and MVTCID. To learn more about the market or become a vendor, visit

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