Online Specialty Food Delivery Service, Artizone, To Set Up Shop in Downtown on Thursday Evenings

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Cars and not a grocery store in sight; just like downtown Dallas.
Downtown Dallas doesn't offer much it terms of grocery stores. Urbanmarket closed earlier this year because it couldn't find is place in the fickle grocery-shopping patterns of downtown residents. Other than that, CVS and 7-Eleven are the choices. It's like a grocery store desert -- with lots of tall buildings and stoplights.

Starting this week the online specialty-food home delivery company, Artizone, is offering a new option for downtown residents. This Thursday, they're setting-up shop from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 555 Ross Ave. (behind the Spaghetti Warehouse where Munger dead ends at Record) for customers to pick up orders.

Artizone has an interesting skill set. They're not like a CSA or vegetable delivery service (like Greenling); although they do provide vegetables, it's not their specialty.

Instead, Artizone works with local specialty food vendors (bakers, cheese artisans, etc.) to offer a variety of goods. For instance, on the Artizone website you could toss into your cart: Greek yogurt from Three Happy Cows, milk from County Line Farms, coffee from Noble Coyote, pasta from Holy Ravioli, a wedge of Barely Buzzed cheese from Scardello, a baguette from Empire Baking Co. Oh. And some Crack-in-a-Box from Dude, Sweet Chocolate. And some grapes for good measure, like a bottle of 2009 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.

The Artizone site has a list of all their "shops," which includes 44 different vendors. Buying through them does help a lot of local vendors. They also pull from a stock of regular grocery store items to fill in the gaps. Normally all of this is delivered via an Artizone van to your doorstep.

Now, however, customers also have the option to schedule a pickup in downtown every Thursday between 4:30 and 7 p.m., where the goods will be delivered directly to your car, concierge-style.

Artizone is kicking off with a "chill-out" party this Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the new pickup location. There will be free drinks and food from Kaurina's Kulfi, La Duni, Scardello, Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters and a few more vendors. The Davis Burris jazz band will be providing the musical ambiance.

To be clear, you can't shop here; you can only pick-up your online order.

I'm interested to see how this goes. I'm rooting for them (Artizone and the grocery-store deprived people of downtown).


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MikeDunlap
MikeDunlap

Downtown residents have to drive to grocery stores... just like basically everyone in Dallas does.They also have the options of an easy walk to a CVS with dry goods and freezer sections, the Farmers Market on weekends, or taking the train basically door-to-door  with a Walmart Grocery or Minyards. It's just a vast unbearable desert really.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

One can give one's custom at the Dallas Farmers' Market, but you have to watch the vendors like hawks.  Last week I picked out a perfect cauliflower, not a blemish on the flor, the leaves were green and crisp. Lo! When I returned home I discovered a brown-spotted vegetable in the bag with rotting, yellow leaves. Beware of the old switcheroo. I was quite vexed over the ruse.

Guest
Guest

Urban Market closed because it was run like a group of five year olds playing shopkeeper.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Urban Market closed a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn't only the downtowners who would rather car it to Kroger who are to blame; the management was horrible.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

An actual recording:

 

Sweaty Italian:

"aye, send me somma real pasta fazool, and somma guuuda, justa cracked parmiagana"

 

Dispatch:

"ok sir, where are you?"

 

Sweaty Italian:

"I'm inna  Faira  Parka!"

 

Dispatch:

click and dial tone

 

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

lol - I think Dave needs all the help he can get!  Please update!!!

laurendrewesdaniels
laurendrewesdaniels

 @cynicaloldbastard Dave Burris! Yes, how did that happen? My jazz hands took over and, well, honestly, it's hard to type with jazz hands. Should I fix it? Or live with my mistake? Your call. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

#1-I am of Italian American descent, so I can espouse anything I want about swetay Italians. 

 

#2-Reading your posts is like making love to a cheese grater; both harsh and needy.  

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