Inscape Studio, a DC-based social enterprise architecture firm, has released the design for a new market to be built in the Park Van Ness Building on Connecticut Avenue. The Soapstone Market is a new concept by Tracy Stannard and John Fielding, founders and owners of the well-loved neighborhood establishment, Broad Branch Market, in Chevy Chase, DC.

Why was the market named Soapstone? “It overlooks the soapstone valley of Rock Creek Park”, says Tracy Stannard the market owner.

Rayya Newman, Architect at Inscape Studio can attest to the food, “When they catered our sister firm, Inscape Publico’s annual fundraiser I kept receiving compliments from our guests on how amazing the food was. It was a huge hit! We also appreciate that Tracy and John are community-focused like us, Van Ness is certainly getting something special.”

The new 6,000 square foot market will be housed in the northern retail space of the Park Van Ness, a LEED certified residential building from Saul Centers, and will have outdoor seating creating a welcoming atmosphere. In addition to carrying all your grocery needs like organic produce, beer and wine, and desirable sundries, the Soapstone market will specialize in delicious prepared foods made daily in their kitchen for the busy urban dweller. The market will also feature a bar with beer on tap, a barista station, and a Slush Puppie nook for the little ones. It is expected to open this summer, just in time for a frozen beverage.