Downtown Edmonton is set to get a new market this spring with vendors taking over an empty music store on 109th street.
It’s the brainchild of Bob Holm, a developer-turned-bison farmer, who is turning the former Mother’s Music building into a 19,000 square-foot indoor market, open year-round, three days a week.
"That's what we're trying to do, bring better food and a place to get it,” said Holm.
Holm’s career change began in 2007, when a friend of his became seriously ill. That got Holm interested in healthier eating. He eventually sold many of his possessions, buying first a farm and later the butcher shop.
An indoor market seemed like the next logical step to continue introducing healthier food to others, he says.
"We 're trying to just bring healthy food to people. We want things that your body needs,” Holm said.
“I don't care where it comes from. If we can keep it local, we will. If not, you can't do anything about it.”
Holm plans to provide space to vendors to sell their products. He says the market will also focus on providing both local cuisine and international fare and has hired a chef from New Delhi to be part of his team.
Mother's Market is set to open its doors May 16.