“My first step is to have the produce of local farmers in my market,” Yeh said. “Then I want to start importing unique food from other parts of the world. … I like to make a space for all the food I like, where it can be found together. It is a very personal project in my mind, but I want to share these things with people who like to cook at home.”
In addition to the food court and the deli, a number of upmarket restaurants have set up shop in Maji Maji, and there is a central area for selling arts and crafts. Tian said that when choosing businesses to come in on the Maji Maji project, he is looking for creative endeavors that are not just clones of what can be found elsewhere. “I don’t want things that can be found in big department stores. I want Maji Maji to be a place where people come in search of surprises,” Yeh said.
Yeh said that despite the need for further fine-tuning, he believes that he has realized his original conception. “When I see people come to explore Maji Maji with their families and friends, I feel ‘this is what I want,’” Yeh said. “We also see a potential to expand this idea to other parts of the island.”
Adding to the street market atmosphere, Maji Maji plays host to small outdoor concerts over the weekend, with information posted on its Facebook page.