Anna and Justin Marino opened Mason & Greens, sustainable dry goods and grocery shop, at 913 King St. on March 27, possibly becoming the only grocery store in Alexandria that has never had a customer inside. The couple started working on the shop’s business plan last summer and closed on their business loan in December. They signed the lease at the King Street space, the former location of boutique home goods store Maggie Jane’s, in January.
According to alextimes.com, “While the coronavirus forced them to rethink their business strategy and grand opening plans, the husband-and-wife duo managed to open the shop on time. Like many small businesses still operating while most of the country is staying home, the Marinos elected to keep customers out of the store and offer online ordering only. They moved up their website launch so that customers could order online at www.masonandgreens.com, then pick up their orders at the store.”
As per alextimes.com, “Mason & Greens is a zero-waste grocery store, where customers can bring their own containers and fill them with bulk dry goods and supplies – a shopping experience without plastic packaging, disposable bags or unnecessary waste. It is the first zero-waste shop of its kind in the D.C. region, according to the Marinos. Mason & Greens’ bulk grocery items include pasta, rice, flour, dried beans, nuts, powders, and more. The shop also offers bulk liquids, including shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, and hand sanitizer – a hot commodity these days – in large jugs with pumps.”