Since opening early this year, Parker Street Market has received a bit of flak for putting a gentrified spin on the idea of a fresh foods market in an underserved area. The criticism was especially strong on Reddit, but the store owner listened, and the market now accepts EBT benefits. This is great news for some West Village neighbors, whose options for groceries are somewhat limited. The store, which opened in January and expanded in April, offers produce, locally-produced foodstuffs, and craft beer.
The so-called "organic bodega" opened on the corner of Parker and Kercheval was founded by David Kirby, co-owner of local juice company Drought. Just after opening, Kirby told Curbed that he was able to use the store using the massive hoard of rewards points he'd earned using Drought's corporate credit card. Kirby traded these points for Lowes gift cards, and the market shows his investment.