So you've heard about some of our retail tenants, Food Hall offerings, and even rumblings about a few other surprises – but did you know about these #PCMQuickFacts?

1.) Ponce City Market will feature over 400 bike parking spaces upon completion.

Alternative transportation is a way of life at Ponce City Market and we're so excited to offer an abundance of bike parking. Whether you're biking on the BeltLine, down North Ave, or Ponce de Leon, we'll have a place to lock up your bike while you grab a bite to eat, meet friends, or explore.

2.) There are 56,000 panes of glass at Ponce City Market.

One of our favorites features from PCM's original structure are the steel window frames. Our construction crew replaced 56,000 panes of glass across 9 stories (13 stories if you include the tower!) while preserving the original frames to restore the historic façade.


 
3.) The construction of the Sears, Roebuck & Co. building in 1926 was completed at a record speed.

One of the most exciting things about the original Sears building is rate at which it was constructed. At the time of opening, the building was considered the largest in the South and also set a record for completion after only 6 months of construction. On opening day, the building had 30,000 visitors.

The Atlanta Journal - August 1,1926

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If you have a question about well, pretty much anything, HowStuffWorks not only has the answer but they’ve probably got an article, video, and podcast to explain it all to you. With over 30 million visitors to their website each month, HowStuffWorks is one of the largest digital brands that also call Atlanta home.  We are so excited to welcome HowStuffWorks to the offices at Ponce City Market.

We were able to sit down with Jason Hoch, Chief Content Officer at HowStuffWorks, to learn a bit more about the mission of the website, future content plans, and details on the incredible office space (complete with a question mark table)! Keep reading for the Q&A below:

 

 

Why did you choose PCM for your office space?

We are a creative organization, but we’ve never had the creative space we’ve been dying for until now. In addition to creating articles about anything from air conditioners to zebras, we also record nearly 30 hours of podcasts each month and have a full production team that creates original video content. We are looking forward to taking advantage of our new audio and video studios at PCM.  We’re also looking forward to using our entire office, and the PCM campus as a backdrop for new shows. We searched everywhere for such a space and Ponce City Market was a perfect fit.

 

 

What is the mission of HowStuffWorks?

Our mission is to deliver great content experiences to our users, no matter what device or platform they choose.  You might listen to a podcast on your way home from work.  Maybe you are curious about a topic like tattoos or elevators.  Or maybe you want to check out a video about how 3D printers work.  Although we spend countless hours working to create this content, it rarely feels like ‘work’ in the traditional sense of what a job really is. We have never taken any shortcuts on our approach and that’s one of the reasons why tens of millions of folks consume our content every single month.

 

 

How many people will be moving into the HowStuffWorks office at PCM?

35 people – We are a scrappy crew, we do a lot!

 

What is your favorite amenity in your office at PCM?

It’s difficult to pick just one thing, but I do really love our question mark table.  Almost by accident, it’s become of the center piece of the office, designed both as a break room space, but also as a home for our new video shoots.  I also love the new studio space and the video wonderwall showcasing our content to visitors as they enter the office.

 

 

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions for HowStuffWorks?

We want even more people to get just a little bit smarter with us every single day.  What’s not to love about that?

 

What is your favorite part of being an Atlanta-based company?

We love the fact that we can walk to work everyday – or bike or run! That is a huge fit for us and our team.  I love being right in the heart of the city.

 

 

Anything else you would like people to know about HowStuffWorks?

We can’t wait to create and share even more content this year with anyone who is curious about how the world really works.

And, don’t forget to look for us around and about Ponce City Market.  You might spy a video crew filming or you might recognize one of our popular podcast or video hosts.

Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook.

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Check out the HowStuffWorks website here.

Before Ponce City Market or City Hall East, there was Sears, Roebuck, & Co. Opened in 1926, Sears was constructed at a record speed and brought opportunity and life into the city, boasting 30,000 visitors on opening day. In 1930, Sears launched a farmer’s market with over 100 individual producers from counties all across Georgia.

As with most organizations, the people within it are what makes it truly special. That was no exception for Sears in 1935 when Audrey Jacoby Hensley began working at the bank on the second floor. After graduating high school at what is now Westminster, Audrey took her first job with Sears and was responsible for distributing money every payday.

Keep reading below for a letter from Audrey which gives us a glimpse into a day in the life at Sears, Roebuck, & Co.

 

Transcription of Audrey’s Letter:

Sears Roebuck – 1935

For a year after graduating from High School, North Avenue Presbyterian (now Westminster), I worked in the bank at Sears Roebuck. The bank was on the second floor. A Mr. Good was Manager, and Mrs. Lewis was Supervisor over several girls. The bank received the money from both Retail and Mail Order sales. I don’t remember what my day to day duties were, but I vividly remember payday.

On payday, only employees working on the second floor were allowed to get off the elevator on that floor. Early in the morning, cash was brought to the bank by armed guards. There was also an armed guard stationed in a cubicle in the hall outside, opposite the bank. Tables were set up in the bank, and we were given a list of names of employees showing the amount to be placed in small manila envelopes. Since we were handling cash, I expect the guard was watching us!

The store used pre-cancelled stamps for all mail so about once a month two girls were sent to the basement to pre-cancel by hand. The next day our hands would be sore from <illegible> the device we had to use. The building had been built over a spring, and the basement was damp and chilly. The spring had originally fed a swimming pool owned by a Mr. Spiller, and I had gone there to swim when I was a little girl 7 or 8. He also owned “Spiller Field” across the street where the “Atlanta Crackers” played baseball.

My employment ended the next year when I resigned to go to Macon to Mercer University. They had just become a Co-Ed school!

Audrey Jacoby Hensley

July 14, 2012

There’s still work to be done, but Ponce City Market is moving right along and we’re proud to announce our diverse array of food and retail set to open in 2015. This curated mix of retailers, Central Food Hall purveyors, local innovators and office tenants are coming together to serve the Atlanta community.

We’re building a place that Atlantans can be proud of, where we can reflect on our past and where we can grow together to help shape the future of our city. Take a look at what we’ve got in the works – we can’t wait to share it with you:

 

Your Lunch Should Be Local

07 21 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized

The #PCMEats series is here to pull you out of your lunchtime rut! Brown bag it no more with our selection of local food trucks serving up more than just last night’s leftovers.

Whether you’re looking for sushi, fish & chips, or even the perfect meatball sub, we’ve gathered the best Atlanta has to offer in food trucks for an entire month of amazing lunches.

Drop by weekdays this month from 11:00AM – 2PM to snag not just your lunch, but an entire experience. Put down the bologna sandwich and step away from your desk. It’s time for some real lunch.

Food truck schedule is subject to change based on weather, availability of trucks, and special events. To keep up with our weekly PCM Eats schedule, subscribe to our newsletter here.

November 12th: Ibiza Bites

November 13th: The Pickle

November 14th: Genki

November 17th: Mobile Marlay

November 18th: Nectar

November 19th:  Mighty Meatballs

November 20th: Hail Caesar

November 21st: On Tapa the World

November 24th: Mobile Marlay

November 25th: Mixd Up

See you on North Ave!

07 21 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized

Have you seen the shuttle?  We’re excited to announce that our PCM tenants and residents now have access to shuttles, which will make the trek to and from the North Avenue MARTA station a little easier.

We know it isn’t always the easiest decision to use an alternative form of transportation – there are much quicker ways to get to work in the morning. But we also know that while our city is working hard to provide better access to these alternative options in the future, its up to us to make it accessible right now.

Welcoming and helping to facilitate alternative transportation options is incredibly important to us. Early next year, we hope to have several other sustainable options available for everyone to enjoy. You can be on the lookout for more car charging stations and even a bike valet. Stay tuned.

Through smaller initiatives, we hope to help to provide more transformative transportation options for Atlantans. Our city is on its way to doing some wonderful things and we’re looking forward to seeing and being a part of the progress.

We hope our shuttles are able to make an alternative commute for our tenants and residents more appealing and fun, too! If you see them out and about, snap a photo and use the hashtag #PCMintheATL so we can share your sighting.

 

We’ll be there. Will you?

07 21 2015 | Posted in Events

This Sunday the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is taking back the streets for 4 hours during Atlanta Streets Alive.  From 2-6pm, 4.5 miles along North Highland, Boulevard, and North Avenue will be closed to cars as neighbors and businesses come out to cycle, walk, dance, and play in the streets.

We’re always excited for Atlanta Streets Alive, but even more this year because we’re on the route!  Come see us at PCM’s main entrance on North Ave this Sunday for games, tours*, food trucks, face painting with The Suzuki School, activities with Binders, PCM shades courtesy of the Flats, and Imperial Opa human powered circus.

We’ll be ending the day at Masquerade with King of Pop’s Endless Summer bash benefiting the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.  Join us!

*Tours are offered at 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 and are available by registration only. Click the time to sign up.                   

The Gates are Coming Off…

07 21 2015 | Posted in General

…today.  Monday August 25th.  So you can walk hard-hat free around the property, shop Binders (who quietly opened their doors last week in our construction site!) take classes at General Assembly and drop your kids at Suzuki School in addition to grabbing your daily cup of coffee from Dancing Goats.  Because they’re all open or opening in the next three weeks!

Last week was a big week on the site. After three years of construction we got the necessary approvals from the city to start removing the gates and the hard hat restrictions from the overall site. Almost simultaneously, the transaction closed on the historic tax credits that have provided the resources to carefully restore the old steel sash windows, hardwood floors and maintain so many beautiful features of this historic site.

So come, meet our first batch of tenants.  Our early adopters.  The businesses who were game to open first.  Art retailer Binders opened their doors last Wednesday and they’re planning grand opening ceremony’s happening in 3 weeks! Tech meet up facility General Assembly is already doing meet and greets and will be starting classes in September.  Today, the 150ish parents who have enrolled their children in The Suzuki School preschool will get to mix and meet instructors that their kids will see every day starting after Labor Day.   Our first tenant in the big brick building, the building’s first office athenahealth will move 200 employees into the building September 22, the same day food trucks will start bringing lunch to the hungry masses each day at Ponce City Market.  In October-January we’ll see our first wave of residents who signed leases to the Flats as they start their move in.  This new budding community of Flats residents and workers at the office will be granted exclusive access to the BeltLine from the property – the same access the public will get early next year.

But we’re not done…we’re already looking ahead and our team is working tirelessly to deliver the next batch of tiered openings and lease announcements in the coming months.  First you’ll see announcements about more food hall purveyors and retailers in the big brick building as well as the BeltLine rail shed…then more office folks move in before end of year.  In spring of next year there will be a big wave of restaurants and the Central Food Hall will open its doors to the public along with the BeltLine bridge connection, the BeltLine rail shed and some retail followed by more retail throughout the rest of 2015 and lastly, the Roof at Ponce City Market.  We’re excited to be contributing to the fabric of the Atlanta area and building a long term community amenity.  We hope you’re enjoying the journey with us as we begin more retail openings in the coming year.

Where’s Leon?

07 21 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized

Have you seen Leon lately —

At the Atlanta Street Food Festival in Piedmont Park?

Out to lunch in Inman Park to watch the World Cup?

Stopping for a drink at Bantam Pub?

Or driving down Peachtree in Midtown?

Meet Leon, our beloved 1967 Ford Bronco. Leon (named after his home on Ponce de Leon Ave) represents two things close to our hearts – history and timeless design.  Those of you who follow us on Twitter may have already noticed that Leon has been taking field trips off property lately.

Where will you see Leon next? Tweet #WheresLeon when you see him. Or follow @PonceCityMarket and guess where he’ll be.  Who knows…. folks who get it right may get to bring a few friends in for a tour!

Happy Ponce-iversary!

07 21 2015 | Posted in History

July 11, 2011, Jamestown purchased City Hall East from the City of Atlanta. That was the day everything launched – our website, social media, and the roller coaster ride that has been the redevelopment of Ponce City Market. Here we are, three years later on the verge of many firsts – in less than 2 months we’ll have residents living in the building, office tenants moving in and Binders and Suzuki School open. It seems fitting that we launch our new poncecitymarket.com website today. Hang on tight – the ride is about get wild.