Central Market has gone out of their way to court the kiddos; the patio was a big hit with ours from the start (the adjoining gongs outside of Clarksville Pottery are a big plus), and the grab-a-fruit-to-munch-for-a-quarter pig in the produce section is a nice touch. The newest addition is a very cool playscape in the grassy area behind the patio; built in the shape of a plesiosaur, it's about 30 feet long, with a jungle gym body and head, curved tube slides for flippers, and a balance-beam tail. For you parental types, they also serve beer and margaritas on the patio now, during the Happy Hour live sets, so you don't really even have to go in the store or café to hang out.
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