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The Oxbow Public Market — A perfect tenant for the Bell Market building?

by Chuck Gillooley

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One of the hottest topics regarding downtown San Carlos lately has been about the future of the Bell Market site on Laurel Street. I have heard ideas kicked around that range from retail outlets, to a variety of recreation options — and of course, another grocery market. I wrote a post in this blog back in February which posed the question about the future of Bell Market, but nothing seems to be happening with it.

Of all the ideas being considered, the most logical would be another grocery store — primarily because the building is already set up to accommodate one. But what San Carlos doesn‘t need is another chain grocery store. The ideal grocery store would be something unique, definitely organic, and perhaps one that ties into the very popular Farmer’s Market that takes place every Thursday evening in the summer. Think Whole Foods, or Molly Stone’s — only better, and more unique.

White Oaks Blog reader Jeff Erickson may have come up with the best idea yet — The Oxbow Public Market. There are Oxbow locations at the San Francisco Ferry Building, and in downtown Napa that are doing quite well. Although I haven’t been to these yet, the description makes it sound like a combination of Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Draeger’s, and a little Sigona’s thrown in for the farmer’s market feel. As Jeff states, “it’s all about green, local, and extreme high quality.” You also have the ability to dine in the store, or take something home for a unique dinner (ala Drager’s and Whole Foods.)

Check out Oxbow’s website below, as well as a very informative post on the Napaman’s Blog:

This certainly sounds like it would be a very good fit for Laurel Street. I have no doubt that it will succeed, and it bring another level of chic to downtown San Carlos. A huge thanks to Jeff Erickson for carrying the torch on this one!!

Thoughts? Comments?
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  • One of the interesting things about Oxbow Market in Napa is that alongside the charcuterie and the cheese shop and the bakery are built-in stalls so farmers can bring in their best seasonal produce. The whole presentation creates a great setting for the small restaurants. Thanks for posting about this. This could be very good for San Carlos. I’ll put a link to this post from my blog.

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  • Jeff,

    Great find! Please keep us posted on your progress with the Chamber of Commerce and/or City Council with respect to bringing Oxbow to San Carlos. It seems like it would definitely give the San Carlos downtown something very unique over other cities on the Peninsula.

    Chuck

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  • I have never been to Oxbow Market, but it sounds like a great fit for San Carlos. I recall one of our council members awhile ago saying that SC is trying to find stores which are unique so that shoppers will be attracted to our downtown vs Redwood City, Menlo Park, Palo Alto. This type of store sounds very appealing rather then a chain store and would be the first on the peninsula. I would go to this store rather then drive to Whole Foods in RWC or Draegers in MP. It combines two things I love about SC – the sense of small town community and the need for green awareness!

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  • SC Resident,

    You summarized exactly what is needed at the Bell Market location, and certainly sounds like Oxbow Public Market fits this bill. It will be interesting to see if this idea gains any traction.

    Thanks for your comment…

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  • Brilliant idea! The Bell Market site has lingered vacant and depressing for years now. Moving the Oxbow Market into that site would revitalize that section of Laurel Street, fit with the independent business feel of downtown San Carlos and continue to forge San Carlos’ identity as a progressive, green community. I wholeheartedly support it.

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  • Nice recommendation Jeff! I too love the idea of the Public Market idea, in Washington DC there is Eastern Market, feturing the meat guys, the cheese guys, the bakery, the fruit guys, the fish guys the flower vendors and some great restaraunts…the Pike Place Market, Oxbow Public Market and now San Carlos! I think it would be awesome to have a year round farmers market here and will give small business an opportunity too! Keep us posted.

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