Trancas Market: A Civic Triumph!

Sometimes a group of disparate people come together to find common interests and you are left with a masterpiece.  Sometimes city officials and city planners and developers and commissions, and activist groups, etc., do something extraordinary.  The way I see it, the Trancas Market is such a place...Extra-ordinary!

On so many levels this whole complex is a masterpiece.  It is pleasantly bucolic, far from garish, not drawing attention to itself visually but yet fitting organically into the hillside as the foreground to the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains.  The colors that were picked and the architecture are so thoughtful and complimentary, nary a bright color or a verbose signage.  The wood planks that act as the facade to the whole complex create a simple and calming continuity, almost reminiscent of the "old west".  Stroll around past the market and you will find large courtyards and seating areas...surely the venue for amazing things in the future, music?, mime?, who knows what will take shape.

  There are empty buildings, many of which are already earmarked for great establishments.  "Mangia" the creation of Antoni Alessi of Tra Da Noi fame, has a restaurant that will open, I am told, in just a few months.  There is a French cafe that will open in approximately 9 months.  I have met the owners and they are Parisians...100% french and I am very impressed with what they have planned.  Let's just say that you are in good hands....get ready for some amazing eateries at Trancas.

And now for the market itself!!  The crowning jewel.  When I first walked past the entry alcove, a high vaulted enclosure that is not only very attractive but highly practical, I first noticed the beautiful and calming lighting...not over lighted like so many establishments of it's kind, void of romance and civility, but, like Ernest Hemingway's short story of the same name, "A clean, well lighted place".  Lighting, to me, is everything, and this lighting is like a visual massage.  Overall, it's hard not to make comparisons to Whole Foods due to it's freshness, cleanliness, and access to organic and high quality foods.  Just today I had a freshly sliced "off the "bird", turkey sandwich with buffalo mozzarella on gluten free bread.  There are simply too many culinary delights to describe in one story.

If you live at Malibu West or Broad Beach, or even up above the high school I don't think it is a stretch to say that your property values have gone up ...what I know about real estate would fit on the end of a toothpick but that is my hunch.

Bravo! to all who had a "hand" in making Trancas a civic triumph....you guys and gals worked hard and you got this one right (imo).   I would say that no one "Cross Creeked" Trancas....though, in my opinion, you are welcome to "Trancas" anyplace you want around our state and country.  This one was well thought out and everyone came up winners.

I raise a goblet to you all!

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Stephanie Bennett March 12, 2014 at 03:26 PM
I love the market!! It is a little pricey but I think they will adjust that. This is only the beginning and I'm sure there are adjustment to to be made. After countless trips back to pavilions with bad meat, sour milk and moldy bread, this is a welcome alternative. They are very open in there for suggestions and want to work with the community. I have lived in Malibu since the late 50's and love the idea of a new neighborhood market.
Stephanie Bennett March 12, 2014 at 03:29 PM
BTW I didn't see a gallon of milk for 8 dollars and paid 3.99 for a loaf of delicious organic, whole grain bread.
terrell c woods March 12, 2014 at 04:53 PM
For a bit of a premium I am content to purchase from the market. The meat market has already ordered cuts they were not carrying and will consider other choices that usually a drive into Santa Monica necessitated. It never has to be all or nothing. Vintage will provide convenience, specialty items & great cs. I don't think they look to compete for the dollar between themselves and Safeway. I love Whole Foods & Trader Joes, but I don't do all of my shopping at those retailers
Donkey Howdy March 14, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Stephanie , Horizon non fat organic milk is $4 a half gallon, no gallon jugs available, at Vintage. Ezekial bread was $5.50 a loaf. May I be struck by lightning if I lie. On the other hand Ive never gotten the rotten produce or sour milk you describe coming from Pavillions...
Deb Haugen March 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM
I agree Trancas is very pleasant to look at. With that being said....I miss How's I miss the tri-tips in the parking lot. I miss the funky old market. I miss being able to easily park, and not having to fight yoga/coffee devotees, or Pepperdine students to get a parking space at Pavillions. I miss Cooke's market....I miss the old Malibu plain and simple....BUT time moves on, there is no way to stop money grubbing fat developers from coming in and destroying the charm that once was. Call it progress.....you can have it!


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