Georgetown will receive a much-needed shot of hipster merchandising vibe this March as Brooklyn’s Artists & Fleas sets up shop in the former Dean & DeLuca space at 3276 M St. NW.
The former gourmet market, which came to M Street from New York in the 1990s, was once a game-changer for food shoppers. It closed in August, leaving the 150-year-old building empty. Owned by the District government, the building is required by law to serve as a market and nothing else.
Part of the 327,300-square-foot mixed-use Georgetown Park retail complex, the building is managed by real estate investment firm Jamestown Properties, which announced: “Artists & Fleas, the pioneering market and long-time incubator of independent artists, designers, vintage collectors, and food purveyors, will be opening at Georgetown Park in March 2020. The market will take 20,500 square feet of the former Dean & DeLuca.”
“Georgetown is a community teeming with culture and long supportive of independent and experimental retail,” said Ronen Glimer, co-founder of Artists & Fleas, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to call Georgetown Park our new home as we expand into Washington, D.C., and look forward to engaging with shoppers, small business entrepreneurs and the broader creative community.”
Founded in 2003 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Artists & Fleas has grown to include locations in SoHo and Chelsea in Manhattan and in the Venice section of Los Angeles.
According to the company, Georgetown’s Artists & Fleas “will feature more than 30 local D.C. and mid-Atlantic makers and food purveyors and will be hosting a series of community events leading up their full March 2020 opening.”