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Led by the University of Miami School of Architecture, with funding from the Knight Foundation, MKTplace at Goombay Plaza created a community-driven food market and public space. The non-profit project provided resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives and civic leaders in the Coconut Grove neighborhood.

MKTplace at Goombay Plaza created a relaxed and inviting gathering place with a distinctive Grove-Caribbean flair, infused with art, music and special events. The market established a perfect place for neighbors, friends and visitors to connect, meet and mingle over food and drink.

The Goombay Plaza pop-up market brought the unique tastes and character of the Grove’s Bahamian and African American roots to the corner of Douglas and Grand. Residents and visitors gathered beneath the colorful mural created by local Caribbean artist Wendell McShine in collaboration with neighborhood residents and children from local organizations including The START Program, The Barnyard neighborhood community center, artists from KROMA Art Space and Studios, The Home Team and the Miami Realtors Association. The pop-up market, designed by UM architecture students and faculty, and constructed using recycled wood, palettes and tin roofs, provided proof-of-concept for a refined version of the market, designed to house food vendors in fabricated shipping containers painted in bright Caribbean colors. More information on the vision for the container market phase can be found HERE.