What do political activism and farmer’s
markets have in common? Perhaps
not much on the surface, but if you’re
Danielle Vogel, owner of Glen’s Garden
Market in Washington, D.C., the two go
hand-in-hand. With a family history in
grocery store operations going back as
far as the 1920s, Vogel is no stranger to
the retail food segment. With her former
career as environmental counsel to Sen.
Joseph Lieberman, Vogel’s experience in environmental awareness and
responsibility paired together beautifully in the design of this sustainable
market in Shaw.
Local architecture and interior design firm //3877 worked directly with
Vogel to bring the second iteration of Glen’s Garden Market to the city. The
store, which opened in April, offers about 4,800 square feet of retail space.
The project team at //3877, led by David Tracz, infused the 3,700-square-
foot market with LED lighting, reclaimed wood, white subway tile, pops of
color coined “Glen’s Green,” and even a whimsical, exterior graphic of a
chicken named Kevin. The space also features large and small display cases,
and a garage door that opens up to an outdoor patio with seating for guests
to enjoy a bite to eat or a sip on a cup of coffee.
Design elements—which serve as a backdrop to the food—include natural
wood shelving, warm wood tones, LED lighting, an open kitchen so shoppers
can get a glimpse at the food preparation, concrete flooring, reclaimed lumber
found at the front of the bar in the cafe, and pops of color found throughout
along with warm greys.
The concept and layout of the store emulates when one walks through an
old school Italian market: an overflow of fruits and veggies showcased in baskets,
beautiful cheeses and meats, and small, urban carts and baskets to carry food.
The shop offers a large selection of locally-produced foods, as well interactive
spaces where patrons can enjoy wine and beer tastings, a coffee bar, and a
cafe to grab a bite before or after roaming the aisles.
Streamlined and flexible, Linea architectural
LED pendants provide the freedom to create
truly dynamic spaces.
Metal shelving for displays were selected
for their durability that also lend an
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Floor-to-ceiling glass walls at the store front
allow ample daylight to flood the space.
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