From Easton to Philly: Three Vendors Expanding to City of Brotherly Love
A Maryland firm turned to the Easton Public Market when it was seeking vendors for a trendy food hall planned in historic Center City Philadelphia. “We looked for the most passionate, enthusiastic makers of certain products,” said Mike Morris, principal of Cana Development, which is managing a $40 million redevelopment of the historic Bourse building and several nearby properties. “These are people that are hard-working and creative and have this distinct passion for their products.”
Three Easton Public Market vendors — Taza Stop, Chocodiem and Olive with a Twist — are making the leap. They decided to build on the success they’ve seen in Easton and expand to be among more than two dozen vendors coming to the Bourse Marketplace. The ambitious food hall project will be in the Bourse, a 105-year-old Victorian building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s just across Independence Mall from the Liberty Bell.
The Bonners decided to quit their Lehigh University jobs in 2014 and open the Taza Truck, which serves Egyptian fare. With its mix of halal meats (following strict Muslim rules, akin to kosher) and vegetarian options, the truck’s popularity soared. They decided to open a location in the center of Easton Public Market.