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Spice City Toronto: Shipping-Container Eats

Market 707, Toronto's shipping container-based marketplace, did a little spring cleaning, and now its food offerings are more diverse than ever.

Market 707, at Scadding Court. Photo by Sarah Efron.

When the Live Local Marketplace opened up at Scadding Court at Dundas and Bathurst streets about a year ago, I loved the idea, but I worried about the market’s future. The market was a project of the adjacent community centre, and it aimed to revitalize this stark intersection by converting old shipping containers into storefronts. An eclectic group of merchants took advantage of the monthly $325 rent, peddling everything from cell phones to Indian street food.

In the past year I’ve periodically gone back to check on the developments at the market, which never looked very busy. It seemed to be getting into a loop where low customer traffic led to merchants closing up their shops for days on end. I wondered how the market would survive the winter.

But with spring, the market seemed to fill out again, and it adopted a new moniker, Market 707. The merchants who survived were still as keen as ever, and they were joined by newcomers excited about their chance to start on a business on the cheap. The new merchants are almost all restaurant vendors, which gives the market a consistant feel it lacked before.

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