Bulldega opened recently in Downtown Durham across from city hall. It’s reminiscent of a bodega or market that can be found in Manhattan with red brick walls, stained concrete floors and an aged wood register enclave.
The items are mostly local staples such as Funny Girl Farms, Firsthand Foods, and salads catered by the ubiquitous Saladelia. With a wide range of prices, the prices are not nearly as bad as you might think, which was a nice surprise. There’s something for everyone. In addition to this, there is a wine room, a meat fridge, a wall of the freshest vegetables, plus all of your standard prepackaged fare. Bulk spices, a living herb wall, and an assortment of goods from small businesses such as Bull City Candles and soaps from Little Homestead Farm make Bulldega a standout as well.
The store is family run and you can feel that vibe from the both welcoming and helpful staff. A high-end bodega is what downtown Durham needed and now you don’t have to go all the way to Ninth Street to buy toilet paper from Harris Teeter.
If you live downtown this will be your new spot to get the basics or impress your friends by walking to the local cool bodega for a late night beer run when they come to visit. All in all, a good addition to the downtown community for the downtown community.