Business Notes: Produce Delivery Service Expands to Maryland

Business Notes: Produce Delivery Service Expands to Maryland

Plus: Bethesda design agency adds New York consultant group; Bethesda real estate company merges with Delaware corporation

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Misfits Market is now delivering at every zip code in Maryland.

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Produce delivery service expands to Maryland

Misfits Market has expanded its service into Maryland and other East Coast markets.

The Philadelphia-based organic food company launched in summer 2018, and has since expanded to serve 11 states.

Misfits Market “rescues” produce with cosmetic defects and then ships them to consumers. The company has saved more than 5 million pounds of food that would’ve been thrown away.

The Misfits Market model is based on access, delivery to more areas than other urban-focused outlets offering similar services.

“Delivering to every ZIP code in the states we serve allows us to go beyond dense urban areas and put healthy food within reach of every household while supporting responsible growing practices,” CEO and Founder Abhi Ramesh said in a statement.

The store’s boxes can be purchased once or on a weekly or bi-weekly basis through its website. The Mischief Box is $19 plus $4.50 shipping, and contains 10 to 12 pounds of fruits and vegetables. The Madness Box is $34 plus $4.50 shipping, and contains 18 to 20 pounds of produce.

The amount of food in the boxes would cost around twice as much at a grocery store or farmers market, estimates the company.

“By making misfit produce more accessible and affordable, we’re able to reduce food waste at a scale that creates positive and lasting impact,” Ramesh said.

Bethesda design agency adds New York consultant group

Streetsense announced the acquisition of Larisa Ortiz Associates, bringing economic analysis to the design collective.

Ortiz was named managing director of research and analysis. She’s spent the past 20 years working with public sector clients to improve retail strategies.

“The addition of Larisa Ortiz Associates brings to Streetsense an enhanced depth of knowledge and experience in shaping urban commercial landscapes,” Streetsense CEO Brian Taff said in a statement. “Larisa has been a true catalyst for meaningful change.”

Bethesda-based Streetsense was founded in 2001 and focuses on helping companies promote and expand their brands.

“Streetsense’s creative and interdisciplinary approach to the impact of retail and development on communities is exactly what I was seeking in this next important dimension in my professional journey,” Ortiz said in a statement.

Bethesda real estate company merges with MedAmerica Properties

Bethesda-based Broad Street Realty LLC has joined forces with MedAmerica Properties Inc. to create Broad Street Realty Inc.

The new company will operate 17 regional shopping centers in Colorado, Pennsylvania and the Washington region totaling more than 2 million square feet of leasable space.

Broad Street will be headquartered in Bethesda and have about 50 employees.

“[We] consider this a watershed moment in the continued success and growth of our organization,” Broad Street CEO Michael Z. Jacoby said in a statement. “We all look forward to continuing to serve the needs of all of our important stakeholders.”

MedAmerica is a Florida-based real estate management company focused on acquiring and managing medical office buildings. It was founded in 1985 in formerly known as Banyan Rail Services Inc.

“This merger with Broad Street is an evolutionary transaction for MedAmerica,” Chairman Gary O. Marino said in a statement. “… MedAmerica shareholders will participate in the benefits of their hard work as continuing shareholders.”

Bethesda Row gym to offer free outdoor classes

Equinox Bethesda announced its Summer Fitness Series, including four complimentary courses.

Interested residents don’t have to be members of the gym to take part in the promotion.

Equinox will have two Master of One HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes, one in June and another in August, along with a pair of yoga courses, one in July and another in September.

Online registration is required as space is limited. Yoga mats and towels are provided.

Equinox is located at 4905 Elm St. The luxury fitness club “serves as a respite from bustling Washington, D.C.,” according to its website.

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