Current Projects

Oxbow Public Market

Napa, CA

The Oxbow Public Market has now taken its place among the most celebrated and successful markets in the United States. Founded by Steve Carlin in 2007, the market is located in the Oxbow District of downtown Napa. It is truly a world-class attraction - a hub for the local community, and a must-see destination for millions of visitors each year. Additional information on the market can be found on the Oxbow Public Market website. Prominent vendors include:

  • C Casa
  • Gott’s Roadside
  • Ritual Coffee Roasters
  • Five Dot Ranch
  • The Model Bakery
  • Hog Island Oyster Bar
  • The Fatted Calf Charcuterie

St. Elmo Market

Austin, TX

The St. Elmo Market project is located on thriving South Congress Avenue in the emerging St. Elmo District of Austin, Texas. The market is part of a major planned mix use development that includes a hotel, residential, office, and structured parking. As currently envisioned, St. Elmo Market will be approximately 40,000 square feet and will feature a variety of popular Austin artisan food purveyors. In addition, we are in final negotiations with the creators and entrepreneurs behind a novel and exciting restaurant and food service incubator concept, currently operating in Brooklyn, NY, and set to expand to the Austin area. The Carlin Company is functioning as Market Advisor, responsible for guiding the development team and consultants on design, merchandising, leasing, management, marketing, and ongoing profitable operations.

Grand Ave Marketplace
Farms & Market

Everett, WA

Located approximately 30 minutes north of downtown Seattle, Grand Avenue Marketplace combines local artisan producers, growers, and restaurants on the ground floor of a 220 unit residential tower. The inclusion of high ceilings and the long wooden “cloud” nave through the market hall, sets the tone for this ideal Pacific Northwest maritime marketplace setting. The project is anchored by Farms & Market, a proprietary farm-based kitchen café concept created by Carlin Company. The entire marketplace is approximately 40,000 square feet, with Farms and Market occupying some 7,000 square feet. The Carlin Company is acting as development manager for the retail ground floor and is responsible for planning, implementation, and overseeing the successful opening and profitable operations going forward.

Napa Farms Market

San Francisco International Airport

Napa Farms Market has become a favorite artisan food source for travelers passing through the San Francisco International Airport. The Napa Farms Market in Terminal Two is the largest store in the terminal, while the new International Terminal location features a full liquor bar with a broad wine tasting menu. Both locations offer a notable lineup of Bay Area food specialties including Tyler Florence rotisserie, Kara’s Cupcakes, and Equator Coffee kiosks.

Napa Farms Market recently won the 2013 Best New Food & Beverage Concept at the Airport Revenue News annual conference in Las Vegas.

Sonoma Square Public Market

Sonoma, CA

Together with our development partners, the Carlin Company is in the process of transforming the landmark Sonoma Cheese Factory on the historic Sonoma Square into the Sonoma Square Public Market. While the historic façade will be preserved, the remainder of the building will be converted into a merchant’s marketplace celebrating the legacy of cheese making in Sonoma and Marin Counties. As with all Carlin Company projects, the market will feature the finest local food purveyors. The project is being developed in collaboration with Appa Development and the Viviani Family Trust.

Berkshire Farms Market

Logan International Airport, Boston MA

Styled after our successful Napa Farms Market at San Francisco International Airport, Berkshire Farms Market will open in Logan International Airport early 2014. The new store is much smaller than our flagship market, but it represents the same retail formula of providing only local, organic, and artisan food products in the hectic airport setting. This time, however, the products will come from the Boston area and from the rich agricultural region surrounding it. New additions to the concept include an organic juice bar, counter seating, and more grab and go.

Sawmill Market

Albuquerque, NM

This amazing project is in the Sawmill District in Albuquerque, New Mexico, just next door to historic Old Town. It’s the brainchild of Jim Long, owner of Heritage Hotels and Resorts, a unique hospitality company that owns, renovates, and operates historically significant hotels throughout the state. Jim hired The Carlin Company to help craft the concept, programming, and layout. The Sawmill Market is strategically located next to the beautiful Hotel Albuquerque and will feature the “best in class” artisan local foods and operators from around the region.

Past Projects

The Ferry Building

San Francisco, CA

Steve Carlin was responsible for planning and overseeing the initial operations and opening of the 100,000 square foot Ferry Building Marketplace. The project has been an unqualified success. In conjunction with a 3-day per week farmers’ market, it draws approximately 5 million people annually to its 40 vendors and restaurants. Prominent tenants include The Slanted Door restaurant, Cowgirl Creamery, Acme Bread, the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, Hog Island Oyster Company, Sur La Table, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Frog Hollow Farm.

Oakville Grocery

Oakville, CA

As President and CEO of the food market chain, responsibilities included overseeing the expansion of Oakville Grocery and participating in the Joseph Phelps Vineyards executive management team. Over 20 years, Oakville Grocery grew from $1.5 million in annual sales in 1980, to more than $18 million in 2000. Under Steve Carlin’s leadership and direction, Oakville Grocery became the preeminent specialty food and wine retailer in Northern California.

Railroad Square

Santa Rosa, CA

The historic Railroad Square district of Santa Rosa provides an ideal setting for a public market experience. The Carlin Company has been actively involved in the planning and entitlements of a market at this location since 2006. The plan would include approximately 20 vendors, a seasonal farmers market, and the inclusion of the The Sonoma County Food and Wine Center, which has been spearheading a plan for a food and wine center in Santa Rosa for the last 15 years.

Canal Side

Buffalo, NY

In order to revitalize the waterfront, the new Canal Side development will include hotels, new retail stores, restaurants, and non-profit organizations. It will feature a year-round specialty food hall. Carlin Company founder Steve Carlin has been working on the project since 2009 and is focused primarily on the planning and suitability of the specialty food hall. The food hall will consist of a split two-level market hall, seasonal farm stands, restaurants, and wine bars, all in a a spectacular waterfront setting.