Around 45 of Brighton’s newest entrepreneurs received the keys to their new spaces in Brighton’s historic Open Market. Now the revitalised shopping area will be unveiled to the City with an official launch event on Sat 19 July, 2014.

With a strong focus on local producers and ethical products, these traders will bring a wide-ranging selection of produce and freshly prepared foods to the site, as well as an exceptional variety of arts, crafts, fashions, services, garden goods and more.

The vision for the new Open Market is to have at its heart fresh, nutritious, local and quality food to reflect current concerns over health and environmental sustainability. The inviting and varied mix of stalls selling these products will please long standing and loyal customers while attracting a new audience that will help secure the market’s future success.

Councillor Ian Davey, deputy leader and chair of the Open Market Community Interest Company (CIC), said: After years of hard work I am delighted that this new dawn for the historic and much loved Brighton Open Market is here at last. I would like to thank the community for their patience while the work has been underway. The new development will provide new affordable homes, space for traders and workshops for small businesses as well as being an exciting place to visit. Traditional markets have been lost in some places so it is fantastic that we have been able not only to keep the Open Market, but improve it for the 21st century.

In 2006, a group of Open Market stall-holders approached Brighton and Hove City Council about the possibility of redeveloping their much-loved Open Market. The council saw the potential in their idea and encouraged the project partners to devise a regeneration scheme to provide a new market, arts/crafts workshops and affordable housing.

This lead to the council supporting the redevelopment scheme and the formation of the Brighton Open Market Community Interest Company (CIC) by the market traders, the council, The Hyde Group and Ethical Property Company. The Hyde Group has been the developer for the scheme and has been responsible for building the market, workshops and affordable housing.


Meet the Market Traders!


Stall 2: Real Patisserie
Real Patisserie is about giving you something really delicious to eat. We make artisan breads, patisserie, savouries, sandwiches, and the greatest quiches! We make everything from scratch here in Brighton and serve it as fresh as possible.

Stall 3: Pets Pantry
Based in the market for over 25 years, Tonia at Pet’s Pantry provides a wide range of pet food and accessories and offers free local delivery.

Stall 4: Market Florist
An Open Market stalwart, Paul has been the market’s florist for over 30 years! He offers a beautiful range of flowers and plants as well as a great deal of floristry know-how.

Stall 5: The Flying Saucer
Cafe specialising in fine loose leaf teas and artisan coffee. A focus on local and organic produce including; juices, amazing cakes, gourmet sandwiches, pies, scotch eggs and freshly made ice cream. Look out for collaborations award winning street food vendors.

Stall 6: Brighton Apothecary
The Brighton Apothecary herbal shop and advice centre is run by a team of dedicated and professional medical herbalists with a passion for using herbs to heal. They provide advice and personally tailored remedies following a free mini-consultation, as well as high-quality natural health and beauty products.

Stall 7: Buttons and Bows Haberdashery
John and Bob have been the market’s haberdashers since the 1980s. They provide a wide range of haberdashery, crafts materials, fabrics, knitting yarns and much more.

Stall 8: Mari’s Deli
Mari offers Spanish artisan products such as cured meats, Iberian and Serrano hams, a selection of olive oils, cheeses, wines, olives, Catalan sandwiches and montaditos, and hand carved ham.

Stall 9: Foodshed
Foodshed is a social enterprise focussing on locally grown/reared and made produce. We offer demos and workshops to help our customers learn about the processes that come with the food they buy. Our ‘rent a shelf scheme’ allows local producers to sell their wares. All profits are ploughed back into the community through a grant scheme.

Stall 11: Crabs and Lobsters
The market’s fishmonger Paul sells a range of local fish and seafood products.

Stall 12: Victor Charles Patrick Mears
Pat and his family have been selling fruit and veg in the market for more than three decades.

Stall 13: Jack Hill
‘Tools are us’ for the obscure and the unusual.

Stall 14/15: Streets Café
The Streets Café offers a traditional English breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. The cafe caters for everyone including vegetarians, gluten free, calorie controlled diets, and children’s meals. Kids eat free Tues/Thurs with a paying adult.

Stall 16: Objet D’art
Objet D’art brings a wide range of antiques and collectables to the market – French art Deco lamps, bronzes, glass, and furniture and much more.

Stall 18: 18 Grocery
Wholesale and retail Thai herbs, spices ,Chinese, Japanese, Korean seasonal fruits and vegetables, dry foods, fresh produce and products from all over the world.

Stall 20: Pinnacle People Community Bike Enterprise
This not-for-profit bike project helps local unemployed people back into work. We use bikes that have been donated to us and work with our customers to restore them for use and sale. The work experience they gain whilst on the project helps them gain confidence and build self-esteem, making the transition into employment a little less daunting.

Stall 21: Shaboutique.
Shaboutique is a working studio where local artists take recycling to the next level. Home interiors such as armchairs, tables, lighting, cushions as well as clothing and accessories and handmade cards will be on display. All one of a kind and made from materials rescued from the local waste stream.

Stall 22: Unit 22
Adding some whimsy to the market, Beth and Charlotte at Unit 22 make beautiful, hand-made fairy dresses that are sure to appeal to children! They also offer a lovely range of locally produced fashion and accessories for girls and women.

Stall 23: Jessica Beauty Salon
The salon offers a wide range of beauty services including hairdressing for women and men, nail care, and a variety of cosmetics and beauty products.

Stall 24: Cosmo’s
Cosmo’s is a shop for kids and adults, specialising in movie, gaming and comic memorabilia, although not forgetting toys of course! New/vintage toys, Starwars, trading cards, prop replicas, signed items, skateboards for the skatepark and much more!

Stall 25: Eco Makers Emporium
Darryl Black makes her own unique, handmade, upcycled clothing, accessories and jewellery, with guest makers from time to time. Her ethos is Ethical, Sustainable & Fairtrade. Darryl also runs upcycling classes and workshops for small groups and individuals.

Stall 26: Loved Once Love Again
Bring the whole family to the market for Alison’s large selection of pre-loved and new children’s clothes from 0-13 years, fancy dress, swimwear and shorts. School uniforms and a wide range of fancy dress available to order.

Stall 27: Smith&Crumble
This new, vibrant t-shirt company from East Sussex has created a truly unique brand that is off the beaten track. The simplicity & uniqueness in their designs are created to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

Stall 29: Nature’s Presence
Nature’s Presence offer a wide range of unusual decorative home and kitchen wares made from the finest natural and reclaimed materials. We specialise in ethically sourced olivewood products and offer one of the widest ranges available in the UK.

Stall 30: Smorl’s Houmous Falafel and Salad Bar
Home of Brighton’s much-loved “Smorl’s Houmous” range, Sarah and Christian offer freshly fried falafel, houmous and salad pittas, salad boxes, house-made sauces and relishes, organic cold drinks, as well as chick peas, falafel mix, pittas, olive oil and everything you need to make your own at home.

Stall 32: The Chilli Shop
Frank from Brighton’s famous Chilli Shop offers a fiery range sauces, spices, chutneys, sweets and snacks that taste great as well as being hot.

Stall 33/34: Principal Meats
The market’s traditional butcher offers a great variety of game, local meat and homemade sausages.

Stall 35: Pacta Now
Handmade natural and organic wines, olive oils, pure white truffle oil and vinegars from artisan producers across Central and Eastern Europe; local non-alcoholic liquids, still and sparkling fruit juices, sauces and condiments.

Stall 36: The Baking Society
All of The Baking Society’s bread, pastry products, pies, cakes, lunch sets and customised occasion cakes are made with finest and freshest of local ingredients baked with love in small batches. Old fashioned favourites — mingled with Brighton’s cosmopolitan twist– are at the heart of our products.

Stall 37/38: Dave Ovett & Sons
The “Bacon King of Brighton” has been offering up eggs and local bacon – cut fresh every day – at the market for over 30 years!

Stall 39 : Brighton Naturally
Brighton Naturally is an exciting new store full of natural lifestyle products. Natural foods, superfoods, raw snacks, raw chocolate, healthy cakes and cookies. Natural fibre clothing and accessories, wellbeing books and cds, cutting-edge information and innovation on building sustainable communities.

Stall 40: Kouzina
This ‘Modern Rustic’ Greek speciality cafe offers delicious, healthy light meals including hot toasted Greek sandwiches, veggie moussaka, beautiful stuffed vegetables, Mediterranean salads, deliciously robust lentil and bean dishes, and ‘mezze’ plates – all lovingly prepared from locally-sourced, organic produce.

Stall 41: Mather’s
At Mather’s, we specialise in traditional ice creams, gelatos and sorbets made on the premises with organic, locally sourced produce. We will also be offering a range of homemade waffles, handmade confectionary and delicious coffees.

Stall 42: Jason’s Egg Shop
Jason has been trading in the Open Market for 28 years and has a range of locally produced eggs, and cheeses as well as dried fruits and bacon.

Stall 43: The Fruit Shop
This old fashioned green grocer offers high quality at a fair price. 10% discount to students and delivery service to local businesses.

Stall 44: Lock, stock and Barrel
Key-cutting and locksmith services with 24 hour call out.

Studio 1: The Artpothecary
The Artpothecary; the art shop run by artists who believe that along with the sale of both traditional or specialist supplies, such as sketchbooks or high temperature silicone, there needs to be a base where other artists may come in for friendly support and advice about their project. We aim to be a community resource hub for the professional and amateur alike.

Studio 2: Open Arts
“Open Arts” is a collaborative project between Autism Sussex, Impetus and Grace Eyre that provides therapeutic support and social enterprise opportunities to people with Asperger’s, Autism and Learning Disabilities through Visual and Live Arts courses at our Open Market studio. Artworks produced within the studio will be sold in our gallery space, generating revenue to support the continuation of the project.

Studio 3: Woody
Now celebrating her studio’s 10th year, Woody collaborates on a diverse mix of creative projects – from super graphics that adorn NHS hospital walls to creating Topshop’s most successful artist range. Sometimes the studio will become a shop selling Woody products.

Studio 4: Love The Rock Tattoo
Love The Rock is an appointment only tattoo studio specialising in custom artwork. Anything from small tattoos to large projects taken on.

Studio 5: Alison McGechie Artist Maker
Alison is a 3D artist creating organic sculptures handcrafted in natural and reclaimed materials. Examples of work are on display in the studio. Work to commission. Also offering workshops, classes, and exhibition space.

Unit 6 : Eve Claire Taylor Silversmith & Jeweller
Silver jewellery and table ware is handmade and crafted in eve’s workshop. Eve works to commission and runs workshops for complete beginners and those who already have experience.

Studio 7: Partially Obscured
Partially Obscured is a specialist glass craft and design business, offering glass tuition, personalised giftware and bespoke works. Fun and creative glass courses are guided towards individuals and small groups, ideal for Hen’s, Wedding Preparations and Celebratory Parties. No prior glass experience is necessary, just a whole heap of enthusiasm!

Studio 8: Chilli Gems
Kat Castle-Sinden makes handmade bespoke jewellery using real Gemstones and sterling silver. She also stocks real gemstone strands and vintage handbags. Mens , womens and childrens gemstone jewellery, and bespoke wedding jewellery.

Studio 9: Pear Shaped Apparel
Brighton based Pear Shaped Apparel have been rising through the ranks of the streetwear industry since 2007. Their studio in the Open Market is their first permanent retail shop and it will host a range of independent brands. PSA have also been commissioned to design an exclusive capsule collection for John Lewis for Summer 2014.

Studio 10: Sew fabulous Community Interest Company.
Sew Fabulous is a community interest company that runs accessible creative workshops, courses and classes in sewing and textiles and one off celebratory workshops for hen parties, special events and corporate clients. We offer creative sewing services and commissions and have an alterations and repairs service.

Studio 11: Zero Point Engineering Limited
Andrew offers a range of robotics and electronics kits, devices and services, custom built robotics, and educational kits. Stop by and check out what he is working on today!


For more information on the market, and for information on background to the project, please visit