After five years, Artizone, the online farmers market that delivered groceries and artisanal goods from local farms and independent shops to Dallas customers' doors, has folded.
The market sent out an email marking its passing, stating, "It is with great sorrow that we let you know we have decided to shut down Artizone.com."
"After five years, two markets, a little over 250 artisans, and thousands of customers, we are forced to look at reality and ask ourselves — what have we built?" it asks.
"We've developed a great relationship with the food community in Dallas and Chicago," it continues. "We have delivered food from the best shops, farms, and artisans, and we hope we were able to elevate your at-home eating experience.
"But there are days, things can’t continue just the way they are. And today is one of those days."
Co-founded by startup veterans Lior Lavy and Alex Zeltcer, Artizone's idea was to support the good-food community. They had produce, meats, and to-go meals. Local purveyors included Hirsch's Specialty Meats, TJ's Seafood Market, Empire Baking Co., Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, Trailercakes, and Scardello Artisan Cheese.
They told the Dallas Morning News that they surveyed the top foodie cities in the United States before settling in North Texas, saying, "We got the best vibes in Dallas."
But they were also heavily invested in Green Grocer, the market on Greenville Avenue that has been struggling to stay afloat.
"It was a wonderful journey, and while we learned a lot from it — it has come to its end," the email continues. "I wish to thank you for being a customer, for your business, for your support, and for being a friend. This journey wouldn't have been the same without you."