Dayton’s Project Makers Market Temporarily Closes for a Refresh
Apparel featuring the original Dayton’s logo Caitlin Abrams

Dayton’s Project Makers Market Temporarily Closes for a Refresh

The Departments at Dayton’s closed Feb. 8, but the market is expected to reopen March 18 with a new spring theme.

The Dayton’s Project makers market featuring dozens of Minnesota brands has closed for a month as vendors prepare to refresh for a new spring theme.

The Departments at Dayton’s closed Feb. 8, with plans to reopen March 18.

Dayton’s Project developers originally planned to run the market for four months, extending it beyond Christmas.

After a successful first few months, the market closed for a month so vendors could have time to prepare for the new season, said Cailin Rogers, a spokesperson for the Dayton’s Project

“We temporarily closed the market to facilitate a re-tooling,” Rogers said. “Our vendors had tremendous success over the holidays – far beyond our wildest expectations. As they are local makers who make their own products, they needed time to reset. We picked the traditionally quietest time for retail to let our fantastic brands prepare for the spring offering.”

When it reopens in March, the market will be refreshed for the spring, featuring summer wares rather than the winter season products offered during the initial launch in November.

The spring market will include 31 of the 35 original brands, along with four additional brands and an art gallery.

“We were blown away by the community’s reception of The Departments at Dayton’s,” Rogers said. “We are so proud to be at the forefront of revitalizing downtown Minneapolis, and we’re grateful for the outpouring of support from our community. We had far more success than we dared hope when we launched the market, which makes re-tooling the market for spring time even more exciting.”

The Nov. 18 opening of the Department at Dayton’s marked the first time the historic downtown Minneapolis department store building on Nicollet Mall has been open to shoppers since Macy’s closed in 2017.

Their long-term goal is to fill the skyway, first floor, and lower level of the 1.2 million square foot building with permanent retail and restaurants. The rest is designated for office; the first tenant, Ernst & Young, also opened in a 30,000-square-foot fifth-floor suite in November. In January, Uncommon, a retail marketing and strategy startup, became the second office tenant of the building, occupying a 5,000-square-foot suite on the sixth floor of the 12-story building.