While walking to another destination, I found Westerly Natural Market . I got there and completely ditched my original plan. [That’s New York City for you!] That was Friday, February 25th. The place is amazing! It’s like New York’s, just off Broadway, counterpart to Philadelphia’s, just off South Street, Essene Market…only more packed together! Both markets have their extras, but they both specialize in large varieties of vegan and vegetarian foods (though neither are exclusively so).
However, when I tried to go back on Monday afternoon, the typically opened early (around 6am) and closed late (around midnight) Westerly had its gates down. The sign read they were having electrical issues. Apprently the problem hasn’t been fixed and now the market is anticipating further renovations.
I walked by yesterday and stopped to read the new renovations sign on the door when an older woman stopped me to ask if I knew anything about it. I tried to suggest Ernest Klein’s International Market a few block over, but she replied, ‘Whole Foods is right around the corner. I can just go there. But I prefer Westerley.’ So, to keep yourself updated, if you’re a fan like me and that woman, view their website periodically for when they remove the renovation notice.