The Municipal Market is a melting pot of all of the cultures across Atlanta. From poor to rich, old to young, and just about any race, there is something for just about everyone in this market. Take, for example, these two markets. On the surface, they sell very similar things, Burritos and various South American foods. A deeper look, however, reveals the differences in presentation between these two stores. The one on the right has a more contemporary feel to it, with modern culinary instruments and menus on paper. Customers have no place to sit in for this store, which encourages customers to get their food while on the go. The store on the left, in comparison, has an older feel to it. The menu is written on a chalkboard on the right side of the store, and because the store is shaped like a corner, there is a designated sitting area for this restaurant. Another difference between these two is the prices. The more modern store has higher prices and provides less food for the price, while the older store has lower prices and provides more food for the price.
Another symbol for the diversity in culture is on the outside of the market. There is a large painting of various different people on the side of the building, all with different genders, races, and ages. This painting is a good symbol of showing how the Market incorporates various different cultures within it. Essentially, through the incorporation of stores of varying goods, prices, and locations, Sweet Auburn Curb Market appeals to people of all ages, race, and genders.
Towards another entrance is a different type of Mexican restaurant, compared to the one previously mentioned.. This one is more modern, as shown by the menu and design of the shop itself. The shop doesn’t have its own seating area, rather, it uses the seating present that is available to all patrons for use. The store itself is between to other stores with pretty much the same appearance as this one.
Towards one of the entrances lies a more modern looking store. The walls are all made of glass, so as to display the wares sold here openly. This particular store sells tea as well as honey. There isn’t a whole lot of room inside the shop for seating, however this is likely due to the limited room inside the store. This adds to the more modern stomsphere of the store, as it emphasizes a get in and get out kind of customer.
The Farmer’s Market section of this market is in the middle of everything. This area is reminiscent of an older time when many people grew their own foods. The produce section has many people tending to the needs of customers, and many different fruits and vegetables are offered. There are no aisles or modern methods of showing wares, instead there are buckets and crates full of fruit, which is a somewhat older way of displaying fruits.
In a corner of the market lies a store that sells South American food. This store appears to be relatively old, however that seems to be a part of its charm. The menu is written across many chalkboards to the right of an eating area with a few picnic tables inside of it.
Directly outside the market is a sign with a picture on it. The picture appears to be a painting of a very diverse market, with an African-American man standing next to what appears to be a Caucasian woman. In the background, we can see a lady selling what appears to be fish, and to the left of her is a young African-American boy talking to an older Caucasian male.