The Flatbush Caton Market, managed by the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) and overseen by the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), was established in 2000 as an open-air market. The Market provides off-street business locations at affordable rates to former street vendors and micro-entrepreneurs with a strong social, cultural, and economic interest in the local community, who are developing and growing their businesses.
The Market also offers a variety of business development services, including basic business classes and ongoing training in merchandising, finance, and technology.
In 2001 the Market broke ground to construct a permanent building for the merchants. While the building was under construction, merchants set-up up tents outside the construction area and underwent training classes provided by CACCI and SBS. The building officially opened January 19, 2002 and the merchants moved in to their new home.
The Market recently underwent renovations, designed by the City’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC), which added signage to attract visitors and have transformed previously open stalls into enclosed booths allowing vendors to securely display and store their merchandise. The new signage was inspired by Caribbean markets and shipping typography, and a tropical palette announcing a vibrant and eclectic marketplace.
Today the Market houses 47 merchants and a seasonal farmers market and continues to provide educational services and resources to help merchants expand their businesses.