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The Goods Mart
189 Lafayette St., Soho
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. Founder Rachel Krupa had an ambitious goal when she opened The Goods Mart in Silver Lake: to create a convenience store unlike any other in the country. Now, with the Silver Lake location sadly shuttered, The Goods Mart has made a move east, occupying a much-needed space on Lafayette in SoHo. Think of it as the corner store for a new era, where prices are low (a cup of amazing coffee is a steal at $1.25), the quality is high, and the mission is rooted in community. Shelves are devoid of artificial colors, flavors, and other nasties and even the slushies are made with organic ingredients and served in paper—not plastic—cups. But back to the mission: Customers have the option of donating to different monthly charities at checkout, while good food approaching its sell-by date is delivered to the homeless in partnership with the nonprofit Lunch on Me. In the spirit of adapting to the times we live in, The Goods Mart has curated healthy snack boxes for national delivery. Donate one to frontline workers while you’re at it right from the site.…
Flour Shop
177 Lafayette St., Soho
Every corner of Soho's Flour Shop pops with rainbow-colored sweet treats—cakes, specifically. Owner and mastermind Amirah Kassem is as much a sculptor as she is a baker, many of her cakes, although classic in flavor, are totally untraditional in appearance—think trompe l'oeil burgers and fries, flowerpots, even ice-cream cones. Many are mini edible masterpieces—the explosion cakes in particular—with layers of rainbow sponge interspersed with creamy frosting, sprinkles, and chocolate pouring like lava out of the cake itself. Aside from the truly incredible cakes, donuts, and desserts, Kassem's color-happy aesthetic, which dominates the space as much as it does the confectionary, is light-hearted and fun (and beloved by sugar-high littles). For adults who need a dash of savory with their sweet, a well-balanced cup of La Colombe's coffee is readily available to wash down that slice of funfetti cake.