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RFP- Spirit & Wine Kiosk Opportunities

The Reading Terminal Market is looking for a few GREAT limited, local distilleries! Please review the RFP in the link below:


Deadline is November 10th. 


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Insider's Shopping Guide Now Available!

We have put together a short guide that shares insider tips and services provided my the merchants of Reading Terminal Market that you may have not previously known exist. Did you know that you can purchase dry ice from Bassetts Ice Cream, or that Valley Shepard Creamery can put together a small curated cheese box for you? Get these and many more tips within the new guide! 

Grab one at the Recipe Card Rack (next to Philbert the Pig) or at the Welcome Center to learn how to make your Reading Terminal Market experience exceptional!

Click on the image below to download a copy of the guide
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Easter Shopping Guide at The Market

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Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and you probably didn't have to wear a jacket outside this morning. That can only mean one thing- Easter is right around the corner! 

Sunday, April 16th is Easter- so after the kid's are done with The Great Reading Terminal Market Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday stick around The Market to get your shopping done. Below is a helpful little guide to finding everything you need to make a delicious traditional Easter meal. Enjoy!   



Ham: Giunta’s Prime Shop, Halteman Family Country Foods, La Divisa, Martin’s Quality Meats & Sausages, Godshall’s Poultry (turkey ham)

Lamb: La Divisa (every cut of lamb), Giunta’s Prime Shop (shanks, legs, chops, whole lamb), Martin’s Quality Meats & Sausage (chops, shoulder, racks, legs, lamb sausage), Halteman’s (chops, shank, leg)


Produce, Herbs, & Condiments:

Iovine Brothers Produce, Fair Food Farmstand, OK Produce, Condiment (mint salsa verde for lamb), The Head Nut (spices)

Lamb-Shaped Butter: Hatville Deli, Condiment



Fair Food Farmstand

 Godshall’s Poultry

Hatville Deli

Iovine Brothers Produce

Jonathan Best Gourmet Grocer


Desserts & Candy:

Termini Brothers: Easter Bread, Ricotta Pie, Hamintash Easter Basket, Chocolate Covered Easter Egg Cake

Flying Monkey: Short Bread Easter Egg Cookies

Pennsylvania General Store: Personalized Chocolate Easter Eggs, Easter Baskets, Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Beiler’s Bakery: Hot Cross Buns,  Rabbit-shaped Bread

Sweet as Fudge: Chocolate Easter Bunnies, various candies

The Head Nut: Various candies


 Cooking, Baking, & Table Top Necessities:

 Amy's Place: Basters, Cheese cloth, Fat separators, Meat thermometers, Measuring cups/spoons, Parchment paper, Twine, Roasting/Baking pans, Easter cookie cutters, Cookie sheets, Tart pans, Decorating bags and tips, Butter dishes, Gravy boats, Ladles, Table linens

Contessa's French Linens: Table Linens


Happy Easter, from the Reading Terminal Market family to yours! 




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MLK Day of Service

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Reading Terminal Market would like to thank everyone who helped make our MLK Day of service a huge success! We were able to make 2500 sandwiches for volunteers at Girard College. 

Thank you to our volunteers:

American Board of Internal Medicine
Global Citizens
Liberty Communications Services


Thank you to the vendors who donated all of the food items needed:

Beck's Cajun Cafe
Carmen's Famous Hoagies & Cheesesteaks
Dienner's Bar-B-Q Chicken
Down Home Diner
Dutch Eating Place
Hatville Deli
Halteman Family Country Food
Head Nut
Hershel's East Side Deli
Iovine Brothers Produce
Jonathan Best Gourmet Grocer 
Olympia Gyro
Pearl's Oyster Bar
Spataro's Cheesesteaks
Tootsie's Salad Express


Thank you for the in-kind donations from:

City Kitchen
Foods Galore

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$4 Parking: An Instructional Video

We know parking around The Market isn't always easy. That's why we made a video to show how easy it can be! 
Click on the image below to view the instructional video and learn how to park for just $4! 

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A New Year & New Ways to Experience Shopping At RTM!

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We’ve made many changes and updates in the past year to help make your shopping experience at Reading Terminal Market easier and more exciting. Below are a few things we hope you take advantage of in this new year!


$4 Parking

We partner up with two garages to offer $4 parking for up to two hours! Bring your parking garage ticket into The Market with you and get it validated by any merchant when you spend at least $10. When you go to pay for parking, your cost will be reduced to $4! No need to hassle with finding an open parking space and paying a meter while you do your grocery shopping! We’ve got you covered! After two hours regular parking rates apply. The two garages' locations are listed below:

Hilton Garage (located at 11th & Arch Streets)

Parkway Garage (located on 12th and Filbert Streets)


FREE Shopping Bag Concierge

Arms tired? Let us hold your bags for you while you continue to shop around The Market, or feel free to explore the city bag free!

On Saturdays from 9 am - 6 pm, and Sundays from 10 am - 5 pm we offer refrigerated and dry storage for your purchased items. The best part is- it’s completely free! The Shopping Bag Concierge is located behind The Head Nut. Be sure to ask the Concierge about Saturday curbside pickup!


FREE Recipe Cards

Located in Center Court next to the statue of Philbert the Pig you’ll find an array of seasonal recipe cards that we encourage you to pick up. The cards include the necessary ingredients for each recipe, which vendors you can find those ingredients at within The Market, and a step-by-step recipe to make these delicious dishes! We’ll be changing out the cards seasonally, so be sure to check back often.


Ask the Experts on Facebook LIVE

On Fridays at 10:30 am we’re LIVE on Facebook with a different expert merchant each week. We have a conversation with the lead expert of each store and highlight how they contribute to the uniqueness and diversity of The Market, as well as their expertise in their particular products. We encourage viewers to ask questions live during the interview and we can answer them as the conversation progresses. If you’re busy at 10:30 am on Fridays, no problem! The videos live on our Facebook wall and can be viewed at any time.   


FREE Chef Tours: Shopping with Chef Tess

Every 1st & 3rd Saturdays learn how to optimize The Market for the ultimate grocery shopping experience! Chef Tess takes you around The Market and highlights merchants & food items that are relevant to your interests. Learn how to pick and prepare meals using your favorite foods. Be sure to show up a little early, as tours are first come first serve. Meet in front of City Kitchen, tours starts at 10 am (located next to the Rick Nichols Room & The Head Nut.)


FREE Tasting Thursdays

Every Thursday from 12:00  – 1:00 pm visit City Kitchen (located next to the Rick Nichols Room & The Head Nut) and join Chef Tess for a free sample of the specially picked food of the day. Each week will feature samplings of products from a different merchant. Past Tasting Thursdays have included items such as  house-made pâté, leg of lamb, crab salad, seasonal winter soups, and spiralized vegetables. 

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December Daystalls

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December is underway, and that means you're probably looking for the *perfect* gifts for your loved ones. You're in luck this season! We have 7 vendors selling their wares now through the end of December. Below is a list of who, where, & when they will be selling within the Market.

Happy Shopping!


Acadia Antlers - selling natural treats for your dog

Located: Center Court, across from Spataro's

Days: Dec. 16, 17, 23 & 24

Birdie's Biscuits - selling homemade biscuits, made with butter from the Market's full-time merchant Condiment

Located: Center Court, across from Condiment

Days: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Clay Place - selling ornaments and other decorations

Located: Center Court, across from Philbert the Pig

Days: Monday-Sunday

Eight Oaks Distillery - local distiller near Allentown selling spirits distilled from the grains they grown on their own farm

Located: Center Court, across from Flying Monkey Bakery

Days: Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays

MacGregor Art - selling cards, wrapping paper and other items printed with the artists' own Philly-centric designs

Located: Center Court, across from Philbert the Pig (normally located in Piano Court)

Days: Fridays

Paprika Letterpress - selling the designer's notecards and greeting cards printed on a letterpress

Located: Center Court, across from The Original Turkey (normally located in Piano Court)

Days: Saturdays

Russ Brown Photography - selling the photographer's own photos, printed in both small and large formats

Located: Center Court, across from Hershel's East Side Deli

Days: Thursday-Sunday


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Winter Recipe Cards

We’re very passionate about food here at the Market. We’ve put together 14 delicious recipes cards that utilize the fresh ingredients that can be found at various merchants throughout the Market. The cards include the ingredient lists, which stores the products can be found in, as well as the recipes on the back of the card. We’ll be changing these recipes seasonally to reflect and highlight some of the best of what the Market has to offer at specific times of year.  The cards can be found, for free, in our recipe rack- located in Center Court, next to Philbert the Pig. Below are a few of the great recipes that are currently available.

Happy cooking!

Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes, Herbs, & Lemon

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Easy French Onion Soup

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Butternut Squash Soup

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Sweet Potato Spoonbread

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Call to Artists: Redesign of Filbert Street at the Reading Terminal Market




Reading Terminal Market is one of Philadelphia’s most lively and diverse public places and yet patrons step outside from warmth and vitality to a forbidding street, Filbert Street. Reading Terminal Market has received an ArtPlace grant to create a design vision and space management plan to transform Filbert Street, the underpass that connects the Market with a transit hub (SEPTA’s Jefferson station) into an inviting space for events and performances.  The Reading Terminal Market has commissioned Ex;it Design Firm to create a design scheme with street improvements for the space.

In addition to an overall redesign of Filbert Street, RTM aims to commission one artist or artist team to create a site-specific exterior artwork for Filbert Street. Local Philadelphia artists, as well as artists who reside within the Greater Philadelphia area, are invited to submit their qualifications for an opportunity to create a proposal for Filbert Street.

If selected from the first round, artists will receive a stipend, meet with the RTM staff, board and design team, research the site and present site-specific proposals for Filbert Street (timeline below).


Founded in 1892, the Reading Terminal Market is widely recognized as one of the premiere public markets in the United States.  It is open seven days a week, 358 days each year, with over 80 independent small merchants from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. Market patrons are diverse in age, ethnicity, race, and income.  With 6.3 million patrons each year, Reading Terminal Market is downtown Philadelphia’s most popular destination.  The majority of Market patrons—approximately 70%-- live in or near Philadelphia. The remaining 30% are visitors to Philadelphia, many of whom are attending events at the Pennsylvania Convention Center located literally across the street.  The Market is a popular venue for lunch for City workers and City residents on jury duty, and an after-school hangout for students at one of the 11 public, charter and Diocesan schools within easy walking distance.  It is the primary source for fresh food for a large, low-income constituency and is one of the Commonwealth’s busiest sites for the redemption of SNAP vouchers (“food stamps.”)  It has more broadly served as the shopping destination of choice for generations of families residing in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Reading Terminal Market is first and foremost a public market, with a century-old mission of providing fresh, local food.  At the same time, the Market also serves the cultural, recreation and civic needs of a heterogeneous population. The mission of the tax-exempt corporation that oversees the Market is:

         To preserve the architectural and historical character and function of the Reading Terminal market as an urban farmers’ market;

         To provide a wide variety of raw and prepared food brought to a public market in the center of the city by farmers, growers, producers and chefs;

         To maintain an environment that recognizes and celebrates the diversity of our citizens and foster their interaction;

         To strengthen the historic link and mutual dependency of our rural and urban communities.

The Reading Terminal Market seeks to commission exterior site-specific public artwork along Filbert Street as part of the redesign of Filbert Street. Goals of the revitalization of Filbert Street include: highlighting the entryway to the Market, creating a welcoming and exciting public space, connecting to the community, activating the space and eliciting response, and beautifying the neighborhood.  

There are not yet limitations as to material or form although the artwork must be permanent (last up to 15 years) and site-specific and abide with all constraints of the space (more information to be provided to selected artists). A budget has not yet been allocated for this commission but may range from $100,000 – $350,000. Budget will be inclusive of all artist(s) fees, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel, and all other project-related expenses.  


Submit CV, brief statement of interest as well as images of their work

  • Submit 6-8 images that best represent your previous work. If applicable, include work that demonstrates your ability to produce outdoor and/or site-specific work.
  • Artists’ statement not to exceed one page.  
  • CV not to exceed more than 2 pages.
  • Artists/ artists team may provide website if applicable.
  • Email the above information to Theresa Rose at

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  • December 23, 2016- submit CV, images and statement
  • Early January 2017- selected artists notified

(For selected artists/ teams from the RFQ round)

  • Pre-proposal Meeting late January 2017
  • Mid February- Electronically submit proposal and visual support materials  
  • Late February 2017- artists present proposals in person
  • Early March 2017- artists notified

Artwork will be selected on the basis of creativity, artistic merit, technical proficiency, and relationship to the site.  Long-term maintenance, durability, and public safety concerns will be major selection criteria. Artists are required to comply with applicable rules, contracts, and procedures of the Reading Terminal Market.

The Reading Terminal Market reserves the right not to accept any of the proposals submitted.

Reading Terminal Market 

12th & Arch Streets

General Manager, Anuj Gupta

Art Consultant, Theresa Rose



 Design for Filbert


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  1. Reading Terminal Market, Filbert Street to the right of signage below overpass
  2. Filbert Street
  3. EX;IT Design team plans (proposed)
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