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Two more Italian Market stands on the way as new manager fixes 1907 rules

A new taco stand and a roasted-nut seller are set to be the latest additions in the Italian Market’s recent strategy to attract vendors to fill up the vacancies along 9th Street. The Ginger Snap’s organic grocer recently opened toward the north end of the market.

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Michele Gambino, the business manager for the South 9th Street Business Association, said the progress in attracting new vendors has been slowed by antiquated regulations that she, the city and Councilman Mark Squilla’s office have been working to change.

“We need to get legislation to change anything,” Gambino said of the codes governing open-air markets. “We’re operating under regulations from 1907 that have never been updated.”

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Ginger Snap’s Grocery opens as the Italian Market’s first organic stand

A little organic grocer called Ginger Snap’s Grocery has opened in Italian Market, the first sign of the 9th Street institution’s recently announced effort to attract a wider variety of merchants.

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Photos provided by Dorrie Gilbert.

Back in January, the market’s business association took over management of the stalls from the city with the intention of plugging up the holes in stands in front of vacant stores. Ginger Snap’s sits on a newly constructed stand in front of the vacant 907 S. 9th St., near Anthony’s coffee shop.

Owner Dorrie Gilbert says she’s selling a variety of organic produce, as well as products such as honey, pickles and chocolate sauce. “There were a variety of things that attracted me to the market. I want to live and work in the neighborhood that I live, and I see great potential in the Italian Market,” Gilbert told us in an email. “A bit of variety thrown into the mix is just what this business corridor needs.”

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