The Allegheny City Market has just opened at the location of the former Doug’s Market on Arch Street, bringing an easily walkable service back to the Central Northside.
Doug’s closed late last fall.
Proprietor Rob Collins, who also owns the Bryant Street Market in Highland Park, has brightened the space and put down wood floors. He is offering many of the same provisions — although the market in Highland Park is larger — including sandwiches-to-go that sell like gangbusters on Bryant Street.
The Allegheny City Market carries more produce than Doug’s did, including big hanks of cilantro, avocados, cucumbers and lettuce. It also carries a fair number of upscale brands and food(ie)stuffs such as Greek yogurt, organic items and a variety of flours and grains.
This market and what it stocks reflects the diversity of the neighborhood, although it still awaits the federal government’s go-ahead to be able to accept customers’ SNAP benefits — Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.
Since the late 1800s, 1327 Arch St. has been a neighborhood market, with that recent blip of several months in transition. Not counting the businesses on Federal and North, the Central Northside has very few retail options.
The Buena Vista Cafe recently closed, leaving Wilson's Bar-B-Que, the Monterey Pub and Riggs Lounge as the only other retail spots. The Allegheny City Market is not just a viable purveyor of groceries. It's another enlivened storefront in a neighborhood that would be more vibrant with more of them.