Bulldega, a clever Bull City twist on the term bodega, is a newly-opened local grocery store in the heart of Durham. At Bulldega Urban Market, groceries are a family affair. In fact the name of the store Bulldega was the brain child of one of the owners, who imaginatively combined bodega (local grocery store) with Durham’s Bull City roots. Equally creative is the Bulldega Urban Market logo featuring a bull with groceries items arranged to form the body.
I wouldn’t have even known about Bulldega had it not been for Mike at Scratch Baking. He told me about this great new store that opened around the corner and said I should give it a look. I’m so happy I did! Yvette, a former nurse, is the Chief Bull Officer of the urban market. She was caring and pleasant and eager to tell her story. As you may know, oftentimes cities are food deserts. Residents frequently have to travel to the outskirts of town to grocery shop. Bulldega hopes to change that, one person at a time. Why is that different than any other grocery store or market? The location in town is one facet. However, Bulldega has a special focus on sustainable and locally sourced items, which matches the efforts of the locally owned restaurants in town.
Durham has a diverse population and Bulldega is looking to serve the needs of all their inhabitants in the greenest, Earth friendliest means possible. They highlight local art, North Carolina based products, local produce, humanely raised meat, eco-friendly everyday household items, and wine (!) (and beer and cider). You can view a list of their local suppliers here.
This urban market is one more link in supporting local agriculture and local businesses, further continuing that sustainability loop. This is what we’ve been missing from our communities for decades!
At Bulldega, as with Durham, think globally, act locally has special meaning. Residents and business owners are committed to bringing more sustainable options to consumers. Many businesses are getting back to basics or evoking ideals from decades past with respect to food and basic needs. Working with sustainability every day, I know this notion can be a tall order but not impossible. How exciting for Durham! I wonder if they know how lucky they are?