The Local Grocer, a Michigan-made specialty grocery store, celebrated the opening of their new location with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 o’clock this morning. Located at 601 Martin Luther King Avenue, it has expanded into the former Witherbee’s Market, thanks to their Kickstarter Goal. In just 25 days, many local individuals, businesses, and organizations have helped The Local Grocer exceed the $30,000 Kickstarter Goal.
The Local Grocer features a variety of products that exceeds what is sold at the Flint Farmers’ Market location. The new store holds produce, meat, pantry, personal items, and a Farm-to-Table-Kitchen. Owners and farmers, Erin Caudell and Franklin Pleasant, grow most of the all-natural, all Michigan produce that they sell in the store.
“Our customers shop with us because they know that everything they get from The Local Grocer has been vetted for health, environmental impact, and fairness and justice,” said owner, Franklin Pleasant in the press release for the event. “They also know that they are investing in their community’s future with every purchase. This expansion will allow us to do even more toward creating and sustaining jobs for local growers and producers.”
The Farm-to-Table-Kitchen serves a seasonal menu with ingredients used from local suppliers. The Local Grocer works with farmers that are as close to Flint as possible, making sure they grow their produce using high-quality, safe, and organic practices.
“Our store provides an innovative, flexible retail platform for new and established entrepreneurs, making high-quality Michigan-made goods,” says owner, Erin Caudell.
Don’t miss out on the fun! The celebration will continue this Saturday, February 6 from 10am to 5pm at the Store Warming Party. The party will include music, games, and an opportunity for shoppers to meet the Michigan farmers and producers that help supply the store. The Store Warming Party is free to the public.
Every dollar spent at the new store location is a direct investment back into the community’s economy. If you would like to review The Local Grocer’s menu, you can visit their Facebook page.