From offering curbside pickups and drop-offs to instructing fitness classes virtually and outdoors, College Park businesses have had to get creative with how they serve their customers in recent months. As physical distancing and staying home have become the norm, SEOULSPICE found a means of bringing in business beyond the typical carry-out and delivery services of restaurants. In order to keep all of its staff employed and continue supporting its community through the spring, this Korean restaurant launched its own Heart + Seoul Bodega.
Through this online store, the business has sold a variety of grocery products to customers in the DC area. Customers can find many of their staple produce and pantry items here, including vegetables, tofu, rice, tortillas, soy sauce, and over a dozen other food items. The store also sells cleaning supplies, such as disposable gloves and hand sanitizer, as well as prepared meals and delicious house-made Korean sauces.
With the Heart + Seoul Bodega, SEOULSPICE has been quite successful in staying strong and supporting its community during the pandemic. Not only did the company manage to keep all of its team members employed through the shutdown, but it promoted sales for other local businesses as well. Specifically, the bodega featured products from Pratt Standard Cocktail Company, RAKO Coffee Roasters, Chocotenango, and DC Card Collective, four quality independent businesses based in Washington, DC.
Now that restrictions are lifting in the DC-Maryland area, SEOULSPICE is phasing out its online bodega and transitioning back to a focus on its restaurant services. To ensure safety of its staff and customers, all three locations have implemented extensive cleaning measures and require the use of face coverings by all staff and customers. SEOULSPICE truly values the wellbeing and success of its community, and residents in College Park can expect that a visit to this restaurant (located in the Terrapin Row apartment complex) will be a pleasant experience.