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Georgetown Whole Foods Capitalizing on Government Shutdown Stress

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Tensions are running high with the looming government shutdown, and Whole Foods is on it.

The Georgetown location of the grocery chain tweeted a photo this afternoon of its Whole Body Assistant Team Leader Kyle Brown showing off a number of de-stressing products, including St. John's Wort and something called Nerve Tonic, just in case "the #shutdown is getting you down."

Georgetown Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader Katie Wolfe says there are not currently any plans for special placement of "shutdown salvation" products. But keep an eye on the store's Twitter feed, where the grocery's in-store nutritionist will be promoting various foods and beverages known for their stress relieving powers.  

Last week, the Georgetown Whole Foods also introduced Furlough Fridays with $2 beers from DC Brau and Port City Brewing Company as well as free samples from at least half a dozen local producers. Furlough Fridays, from 5 to 7 p.m., will continue throughout October.

Wolffe says they came up with the idea because so many friends and spouses of Whole Foods employees have been furloughed. "The furloughs affect D.C.'s economy so we wanted to do something to boost it by bringing in our local vendors," Wolffe says.

Photo courtesy Whole Foods

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