Small town gains new public market

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CAPITAL PRESS – DAN WHEAT – QUINCY, Wash. — Northcentral Washington soon will have a new public market — Quincy Public Market — that will look like its inspiration, Pybus Public Market, 30 miles to the northwest in Wenatchee.

Larry Jones, 71, whose family has been prominent in local agriculture for decades, wanted a place to display his 17 vintage cars and was thinking Quincy needed more restaurants.

“My daughter, in Moses Lake, said you should do something like Pybus Market. I didn’t think much of it and then I went down and looked at Pybus and thought it would be a pretty cool thing to do,” says Jones.

He wanted the same look and liked the functionality of the design — a large central indoor walkway with space for vendors along the sides.

Pybus was a 28,000-square-foot warehouse where steel was fabricated into multiple uses from the 1920s until 2009, including military equipment during World War II.

Since May of 2013, it’s been home to restaurants and fresh meat, seafood and produce markets and the Wenatchee Valley Farmers’ Market.

Groundbreaking for the 22,500-square-foot Quincy Public Market was May 1 a year ago and a soft opening of some vendors may happen this month. The market is on Highway 28 at 10th Avenue Southwest, a mile west of the center of town, population about 7,000. It will connect to the new community trail system.

“Public markets are becoming popular everywhere, so we’re not trying to just replicate Pybus but joining the broader trend to bring people together,” said Jones’ wife, Janet.

The market will be similar to Pybus but will be “more industrial” with its own microbrewery, bakery and coffee roaster, she said.

People will watch Ancient Lakes Brewery, Pink Oven Bakery and Stick and Rudder coffee roasters and espresso in operation.

Country Fresh Market will offer apples from the Jones orchard, other produce, meat and fish and fresh fruit milkshakes, ice cream and some “grab and go” eats. There will also be special-order service.

Jones of Washington, a vineyard and winery owned by the family of Larry’s late brother, Jack, will have a tasting room. Their sister, Barb Mushlitz, will run Barb’s Place, a clothing, gift and garden boutique.

A restaurant and pub, called Jacks (with no apostrophe), is named for the high school mascot, and “if people want to think of it that way,” Janet said, in memory of Jack Jones, who died in 2015.

“Jacks is the mascot because jackrabbits were everywhere when a lot of people moved here, as did we, in 1954,” Janet said.

Quincy began as a railroad camp during construction of the Great Northern Railway in 1892. It was named for Quincy, Ill., and incorporated in 1907. Its big population boom was in 1954 when the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project brought water from behind Grand Coulee Dam, allowing fertile farmland to replace sagebrush.

Web and Millie Jones and their family came that year, 1954, from Twin Falls, Idaho. A bad freeze nearly wiped them out in their first year of potato farming. Their operation grew into onions and other produce, hay, tree fruit and eventually vineyards.

Larry’s brother, Mike, is president of Jones Produce. He and Larry co-own Quincy Fresh Fruit, an apple packing warehouse.

In the new market, Larry and Janet will own Jacks, Ancient Lakes Brewery and Country Fresh Market.

Larry will rotate displays of his vintage cars.

A 30- to 35-seat conference room, outfitted by Washington Federal, will be available for gatherings or restaurant overflow. The 60-seat restaurant and 67-seat separate pub will offer appetizers, pizza, burgers, sandwiches and steak, pasta and fish dinners.

Quincy Farmers Market will continue operating the first and third Saturdays, June to October, in Lauzier Park. Vendors who want more sales time are welcome at Quincy Public Market, but “we don’t want to disrupt the farmers market,” Janet said.

A children’s reading area with books is planned along with eventually a piano and small stage for entertainment. Domex Superfresh Growers, of Yakima, is providing a sound system.

“It’s important the town use it and enjoy it as a community gathering spot,” Janet said. “We will have a big-screen TV on game days. It can be used for birthday parties and people to play checkers and it’s a nice central location for growers or anyone wanting to get together from the southern and northern ends of Central Washington.”

Posted by: DAN WHEAT Capital Press, May 3, 2019

Picture: Dan Wheat – Capital Press

Larry and Bryan Jones – Quincy Public Market