Blue Bag Grocery Opens in Downtown

In case you missed it, Blue Bag Grocery is holding a soft opening this week at their store located at 503 Locust St. This premiere boutique bodega nestled in downtown Denton carries a mix of gas station and grocery items, with some more premium options on the grocery side.

The man behind the vision, Jacob Moses, graduated from the University of North Texas in 2015 from the Technical Writing program. How the heck did this guy end up opening a quick-stop shop in Denton?! “I love grocery stores, I love neighborhoods, and encouraging people to stay in neighborhoods in their daily life." Alongside promoting walkability, Moses has a "strong conviction to encourage people to do life where they live.” For those spending the pretty penny to live in the downtown area, you are “walking distance to restaurants, stumbling distance to bars, and now walking distance to the day's needs.”

“Not full convenience, but we have your basic needs,” as "the name was inspired by the idea that everything should be able to fit in one bag, you stop by and get a couple days grocery supplies, and then perhaps stop in again a couple days later."

With freezer and cooler options, dry goods, staples, and even a nice beer and wine selection, it makes a great grab-and-go location for those that live off the square.

Wanting to focus on keeping the space small and the offerings not too broad, Moses was “inspired by the micro-grocery stores Mayberry Food Store in Cincinnati and StockBox Grocery in Seattle."

As a supporter of the community and local causes, you can also join the Blue Bag Program.

“I’m a big advocate for neighborhood engagement and feel the most important part of neighborhoods are those that service the area equally. I selected four nonprofits — KDB, Serve Denton, Our Daily Bread, and Denton Community Health Clinic — to benefit from the program.“

Each bag has a special number inside the front pocket. You will be provided with an information card, and when you go to the website, you will be able to register your Blue Bag. Each time participating patrons purchase, they donate five cents to their nonprofit of choice when registering their Blue Bag, and you also receive 5 percent off your purchase on the fifth visit. So you can shop and give back!

Their current hours are 8 a.m. — 9 p.m., so pop in and check it out!


Photos by Estelle Dailey
Header image designed by Christopher Rodgers