A loan of $8,000 helps the first urban grocery store in Midtown, Oklahoma City, stay open throughout the pandemic!


Chris's story

Managing partner Eric and co-owner Chris are two of the dreamers whose concept of a neighborhood market, filled with staples and also carefully-curated gourmet goods, organic produce, and authentic, affordable wine. Berumen, a sommelier by training, grew up in Oklahoma City and spent 15 years in Austin where his study of wine began. He earned his CMS, certified sommelier certification, and advanced level WSET certification, and consulted with a variety of restaurant groups and wine retail shops in Texas before returning home.


Castro, a self-described ‘kitchen dabbler,’ is also a designer, illustrator, and photographer whose culinary curiosity drives much of the inventory purchasing decisions. He studied art at the University of Oklahoma and was raised in southern California, near Mexicali to be exact, as a first-generation immigrant. Growing up in housing projects, a place a lot of people never leave, Castro is keenly aware of the sacrifice his parents made to bring their children to the United States.

We are grateful to have the opportunity to open our bodega like the ones we have seen around the world. Persevering through the challenges of the pandemic will only solidify our commitment to our dream.


This loan is special because:

It helps experienced entrepreneurs serve their community.

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About Commonplace Market

Industry: Retail
Years in operation: 6 months - 1 year
Website: marketatcommonplace.com

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Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.

Loan details



Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.