Penn Quarter Bodega has launched Friends of the Bodega, their crowdfunding campaign hosted at www.PennQuarterBodega.com, to bring the Penn Quarter neighborhood a long desired and much needed grocery store. If you’re new to this project, Penn Quarter Bodega is the grocery planned by Mather Studios resident June Blanks that will prioritize locally-sourced fresh foods and also provide a full range of organic groceries in a store tailored to the needs of Penn Quarter.
Interestingly, the first goal for the Penn Quarter Bodega will be to create a mobile bodega, a store on wheels, versus the more traditional bricks and mortar presence. More from the press release:
The crowdfunding campaign has a three-phase fundraising goal. The Phase 1 goal is outfitting a Mobile Bodega, which will get grocery services into Penn Quarter quickly and serve the needs of the community while fundraising continues for the build-out of a brick and mortar store. As Blanks describes it, “Mobile Bodega is a shop on wheels with select inventory. You’ll be able to select fresh foods on the curbside (much like a farm stand), step up inside the truck to pick up pantry staples, snacks, milk and juice, then pay and walk out the back ramp.” The Mobile Bodega will operate in Penn Quarter until the brick and mortar is up and running, stopping in different convenient spots around the neighborhood several times a day.
On the morning of Thursday, July 19th, you can catch Blanks on the panel of an Eat Local First event, “Transforming Business for the Locavore,” with Ellen Kassoff Gray and Ceasar Layton at the 14th and V Busboys and Poets. They’ll be presenting a consumer-oriented perspective of how local businesses can start thinking differently to meet the consumer demand for locally sourced food.