Buying local artisan food while in your PJs in front of your laptop seems counterintuitive. And expensive.
Shouldn’t you have to beat the crowds early Saturday morning at the farmers market before you traipse all over town to buy Deep Ellum Blue from Mozzarella Company, beer brats at Kuby’s, beef tenderloin tamales from Tamale Company, whatever irresistible treat they’re selling at Dude, Sweet Chocolate or Emporium Pie, and then drag your way through Green Grocer to pick up all the odds and ends you missed?
You can. Or you can buy your favorites at Artizone.com and get a most satisfying message when you place your order, explaining how many miles you didn’t drive, how many gallons of gas you didn’t use and how many hours of traffic you didn’t endure.
Artizone debuted in Dallas in November of 2010 after a nationwide search for the perfect market: a foodie city with a solid community of artisan shops. Four of the 10 cities originally identified were in Texas, so the founders did a big city tour — Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin — and found what they liked here.
“It just felt like the vibe of the city was right,” says Amber Dietrich, vice president of market operations.
If you’re new to Artizone, you’re welcome. Here are five things you should know about this artisan lovers digital paradise:
- You don’t pay extra for the food, and delivery is just $5.95 — or free, if you spend more than $120.
- You can shop by recipes, then add all the ingredients to your cart.
- You can get Wild About Harry’s (one of 87 local vendors) delivered to your door. We know it’s worth it to fight the Knox-Henderson traffic, but now you don’t have to.
- The company delivers as far north as McKinney and Frisco, down through all the usual suburban suspects, as far south as Oak Cliff, and little pockets of Mesquite and Garland to the east. It’s biggest growth right now is in Irving.
- It’s not all magazine-worthy, local food your grandma can’t pronounce. Want to wrap up your amazing menu with a 12-pack of A&W root beer? Mrs. Baird’s white bread? Skippy peanut butter? Bisquick? Rotel tomatoes? An actual cake mix (gasp!)? Do it. Nobody is there to judge you.