A corner market has returned to 3rd and F streets NE, with Cheerios, toilet paper and local Bloody Mary mix.

Union Kitchen Grocery, the former home of Martin’s Market, opened today at 538 3rd St. NE with about 200 offerings, which skew toward local food.

In addition to the Gordy’s Pickle Jar Bloody Mary Mix for $10.95, other D.C.-area items include Milk Cult ice cream for $7.49 and Capital Kombucha for $3.45. It also sells made-to-order sandwiches and coffee.

“People have been excited to see local things,” said Edward Ford, the store’s grocery manager.

But corner store staples like Cheerios ($4.95), toilet paper ($10.95) and peanut butter ($4.95) are on the shelves, too. It also will have beer and wine in the coming months.

Patrick Lally, a Capitol Hill resident, said he particularly appreciated Union Kitchen Grocery’s unique offerings after he browsed the store. The store is owned by Cullen Gilchrist and Jonas Singer, founders of Union Kitchen, an incubator for D.C. food businesses.

“For me, this is the type of business where you can get specialty items you can’t get in a supermarket,” said Lally, 52.

Sarah DeLucia, 32, who also lives in the neighborhood, said she wished the shop had more vegan food, but was happy to have a new store nearby.

“I’m excited it’s here,” said DeLucia, who bought some treats for her dog.

Union Kitchen Grocery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


(Updated at 4:10 p.m.) There’s a new place on H Street NE to get high-end coffee and doughnuts.

The coffee roaster Vigilante Coffee Company set up shop today at Impala Cantina y Taqueria (1358 H St. NE). Vigilante will serve pour-over coffee, espresso drinks, chocolate ancho chili doughnuts and fresh-squeezed orange juice Friday through Sunday mornings.

Vigilante co-owner Ashley Bodine said opening the popup was a way for the company created in Trinidad to reintroduce itself before opening a permanent location across the street, hopefully in March.

“The popup allows us to get back in the neighborhood before we open Maketto,” she said.

At 1351 H St. NE, Maketto will double as a restaurant and retail space.

Vigilante will operate out of Impala Friday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Maketto opens, Bodine said.

Today they served three varieties of pour-over coffee, priced at $2.75 to $4: Colombian San Sebastián, Ethiopian Derar Ela and a Nicaraguan blend that won an international award for excellence.

Photo via Twitter/Vigilante Coffee


Old Martin's Market (Photo via Google Maps)The old Martin’s Market space will sell kitchen and household basics again.

The entrepreneurs behind Union Kitchen are planning a cafe and small grocery store at the corner of 3rd and F streets NE, co-owner Jonas Singer said.

“It will be a combination of a comfortable coffee shop and … harken back to its history as an old school corner grocery,” he said.

The 1,000-square foot storefront at 538 3rd St. NE will serve coffee and a “cafe menu” with Union Kitchen products like cookies from Blind Dog Bakery.

“We won’t be a restaurant with a full kitchen, but we’ll have a simple menu that people can nosh on,” said Singer, a 32-year-old LeDroit Park resident.

The Union Kitchen team, which provides professional kitchen space to food startups like Capital Kombucha and Broodjes & Bier, is planning outdoor space behind and alongside the shop. They’re working on designs now.

“It will have a homey feel for people to hang out and enjoy a cup of coffee or a sandwich, and we’ll also sell basics like paper towels,” Singer said.

They’re hoping to open the shop by mid-year, and are applying for a license to sell beer and wine.

Photo via Google Maps


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