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The indoor marketplace located in the former Association Building in Woodburn is open for business

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The indoor marketplace located in the former Association Building in downtown Woodburn opened for business last weekend with a grand opening celebration.

The Metropolis Marketplace (347 N. Front St.) is home to food and drink vendors, and provides a temporary home to artisan and craft vendors.

A grand opening celebration took place Saturday Sept. 9 and Sunday Sept. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. both days.

The grand opening featured outdoor vendors located in the adjacent downtown plaza along with the indoor marketplace vendors. The event includes prizes, givewaways, music and the opportunity to check out the new vendors.

Inside the marketplace are three dining options with longer-term leases.

Coco's Coffee House, which is the only coffee shop in downtown Woodburn, is serving up a variety of hot and cold beverages, snacks and baked goods. Currently, its hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weedays and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

Hungry Lion Cuisine serves a variety of Asian-influenced dishes including teriyaki, Thai and Chinese food. It's open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

And Fruit Box Snack Bar features a variety of fruit salads, tortas, smoothies, and milkshakes, along with a selection of other beverages, snacks, meals and desserts. At this time, its hours are the same as Hungry Lion.

Other artisan, craft and food vendors sold their wares in the marketplace this weekend as well. Owner Hythum Ismail said the goal is to have regular weekend events similar to the grand opening celebration, with vendors selling their goods at the market on a temporary basis.

State Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, a Democrat from Woodburn, attended the opening celebration on Saturday. She said that seeing the space transform from the long-abandoned Association Building to a bustling marketplace is exciting.

"I think this is a great opportunity for downtown Woodburn," Alonso Leon said. She said the marketplace has the potential to not only provide a space for residents to get together and connect, but also to draw tourists into downtown Woodburn from other attractions like the Woodburn Premium Outlets.

"I see Woodburn as having so much potential," Alonso Leon said. "This is one way it's growing."

For more information about the marketplace and the grand opening celebration, go to www.metropolisoregon.com.

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