DeKalb Market Innovates The Shopping Mall
A unique new Brooklyn market houses vendors inside massive shipping containers, bringing an innovative flavor to Flatbush Avenue. NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
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The site of the old Albee Square Mall has been transformed into a unique shopping center. Vendors operate inside shipping containers.
"We have vinyl, we have old school hip hop, funk, soul, jazz vinyl. We have CDs, DVDs, t-shirts and apparel," said Wes Jackson of Brooklyn Beats, which occupies one of the containers.
Located right outside the DeKalb Avenue subway station on Flatbush Avenue, it's called the DeKalb Market. About two dozen vendors are set up in the plaza, and there's a covered center space with tables.
"We basically have a city within a city. We have a farm. We have a radio station,” said Kathy Malone, manager at DeKalb Market.
The radio station pumps out music as visitors check out the offerings. There's food and coffee, cupcakes and clothing. There’s also an art gallery.
Vendors design their own space.
"When we came in here, none of this was in here. We had a metal box with sheetrock. That was it. So we had to pretty much start from scratch and say what do we want our space to feel like. So we came in and did all of the crown molding and the floors and the walls,” said Jennifer Kudulis of Kudu-lah.
"We were allowed to paint our trademark yellow painting, put the African artwork on the sides, and we share this space with a jewelry designer,” said Hekima Hapa of Harriets by Hekima.
The market is temporary due to the fact that it's set up on a construction site for a retail and housing project that's still several years away from breaking ground.
It features a donut shop that was forced out of the old mall.
"I was here for a dozen years before it closed. Everything comes around like a donut. I'm right back here again," said Todd Jones of Cuzin’s Duzin.
The space will also be used a venue for community events.
"We'll do movie night and crafts involving the on-site farm and really interacting with the other vendors in the market," said Roachele Negron of Littlepoco.
The DeKalb Market is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.