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Bazaar Spices announced today that March 31 will be its last day in business in Shaw’s Atlantic Plumbing Building. It joins a growing list of retailers who couldn’t make it work in the northern end of the neighborhood. Others include Glen’s Garden Market, Steven Alan, Chrome Industries, Kit and Ace, and Frank and Oak.
The thoughtful spice shop that stocked a global treasure trove of exotic spices, rice, beans, lentils, sea salts, speciality flours, and speciality sugars also maintained a blog, Spicy DC, that supplied fans with recipe ideas.
From now through March 31, everything at the store is 50 percent off. Owners Monica Grover and Ivan Fitzgerald sent the explanation below to members of their email list:
As we enter into spring, we want to update you on the recent evolution of Bazaar Spices. As many of you may know, we opened Bazaar Spices at Union Market in Northeast, Washington, DC over six years ago and expanded to a second location in the Atlantic Plumbing Building in Northwest, Washington, DC three years later. As customer habits changed, we adapted to that change. This past October, we closed our Union Market location and we recently made the challenging decision to close our second location in the Atlantic Plumbing Building (2130 8th St. NW) in 10 days on March 31st, 2019 along with our online shop. We have enjoyed serving you over the years and offering you some of the best spices in Washington, DC. We thank you for patronizing our business and hope that you will continue to support other small and local businesses in Washington DC, throughout the country and world. It’s no easy feat being a small business or an entrepreneur and we must respect the hustle that our fellow small businesswomen and businessmen journey through everyday. Many thanks for your loyalty and business over the years. We have made some great friends and built an incredible community. We wouldn’t have been here this long without you – so, thank you. We are having a huge spice blowout sale, 50% off everything in store, that will continue for 10 days through March 31st, when we close our doors. [If you have a gift card, stop in and use it as soon as you can!] Visit with us, stock up and take advantage of this deal. Thanks again for your business. It has been a true honor and pleasure to serve you. Many thanks, The Bazaar Spices Team
Grover and Fitzgerald did not respond to City Paper‘s requests for comment.
There have been a string of spice shop shop closures nationally. Spice Ace, which Food & Wine named one of the world’s best spice shops, closed in San Francisco in January. Juniper Culinary Apothecary shuttered its brick-and-mortar store just over a year ago in Baltimore. (They still sell products online.) Savory Spice Shop in Princeton, New Jersey closed last year.
Bazaar Spices, 2130 8th St. NW; bazaarspices.com