Jan. 2 marked the opening of the new location of Green Goddess Natural Market and the debut of the Scape Café.
The business was formerly located at 183 Newman Rd. (across from the Corner Store) and was previously a two-floor, natural-foods market with take-out food options. Now, in its brand-new, built-to-suit location at Placid Pond Plaza, there is a full-menu Internet café and much more retail and display space.
The Placid Pond Plaza is a newly constructed, three-building plaza that is the home to yoga, acupuncture and karate facilities, a salon and more. Green Goddess Natural Market is the first tenant to move into the newly constructed third structure and the storefront is on the right side of the building as opposed to the Saranac Avenue road frontage. Although the building appears to be under construction, they are open and ready for business.
The owners, Tammy Loewy and Wynde Kate Reese, say they are very excited about the move and expansion because it will allow the market to be more than a store, but also a local gathering space.
“Our biggest change and evolution with the business is the Scape Café (named for the garlic-scape in the Green Goddess logo). Now we have the space to showcase our prepared foods and create a welcoming environment and community hub,” Loewy said.
The café, open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, features a full menu of fresh juices, smoothies, baked goods, sandwiches, burritos, two daily soups and a hot entrée selection. For breakfast, there is organic coffee, breakfast sandwiches with local eggs and bread, yogurt and granola and fresh baked goods. In the non-winter months, there will be riverfront outdoor seating.
The expanded commercial kitchen will also allow the business to expand its catering offerings, which range from custom platters and office luncheons to elegant weddings. Customers can also special order take-home meals.
While the store’s shelves are stocked with a wide array of natural and organic grocery, produce and a full bulk-foods section, they also carry natural supplements, body-care items, household cleaning products, recycled paper products, pet foods, loose teas, organic coffee beans and more.
The owners and staff take great effort to research the products they carry to ensure quality ingredients and local or fair-trade products whenever possible.
“Our goal is to provide the healthiest foods possible for our customers,” Reese said. “We take the guesswork and label-reading out of the equation. Our customers can trust us to stay on top of product research so they don’t have to.”
Additionally, they carry a wide variety of specialty food for both allergy and food limitations such as gluten-free, vegan and more. All the staff is trained and knowledgeable when it comes to shopping advice and wellness tips.
For additional guidance with regard to nutritional choices, Reese holds a bachelor’s degree in holistic nutrition and offers nutritional counseling services through the store.
Some of the local foods include breads, dairy, meat and eggs, pasta, sauces, jams, crafts and soaps. Current local produce includes garlic, celery, beets, carrots and potatoes. For meats, there is beef, bison, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey. Looking toward the growing season, the vast majority of the produce that Green Goddess carries is from local farms.
A grand-opening celebration is planned for Feb. 16 and 17 with store-wide promotions, tastings and entertainment.