Public Market “Sip and Stroll” Bill Sent to The Governor
Columbus City Councilmember and former Representative Michael Stinziano (D- Columbus) and Rep. Mike Duffey (R- Worthington) championed the passage of House Bill 37 in the Ohio General Assembly today allowing visitors to the North Market to enjoy wine and beer tastings throughout the market.
“The North Market is one of the jewels of Columbus and we should do everything we can to promote the small business people working here. Our North Market truly showcases the ‘best of the best’ in entrepreneurship and I’m excited to further enhance the North Market experience for consumers and visitors,” Stinziano said.
House Bill 37 will allow customers to possess open container beer, wine, or liquor on the premises of the market, much like customers already can in many grocery chains throughout Ohio.
“House Bill 37 supports small business by permitting visitors of the North Market to enjoy a drink while shopping and allows merchants to hold wine and beer tastings like supermarkets across Ohio,” said Stinziano “The North Market in Columbus is a great example of a market that will benefit from a sip and stroll policy.”
The North Market, established in 1879, is home to over 30 vendors who showcase some of the best entrepreneurship and culinary skill in Central Ohio. House Bill 37 allows similar businesses to build on their success, encourage new small businesses across Ohio, and improve the environment for tourism and patronage at markets.
House Bill 37 specifies that markets allowing limited open carry meet certain requirements and also requires that alcohol consumed on the premises be purchased from a D liquor license holder.
House Bill 37 now goes to Governor Kasich and will become law 90 days after the Governor signs it.