In case you haven’t heard the news…Newark is changing. There is a renaissance happening right here, right now. It’s not just NJPAC, or the Prudential Center, or a rock star mayor. It’s what’s going on in our schools – public, private, and charter. It’s the growth of our local economy through small businesses. It’s what’s happening in our communities in areas that haven’t gotten attention for decades.
Enter: ?uestion Mart (pronounced Question Mart)
Ladies and gentlemen, Newark now boasts it’s first organic grocery store and farmer’s market. I recently got to meet up with the owners Alex and K. Lewis.
I asked K. why they decided to open the store here in Newark. She said that after living in New York for about 4 years they moved to Newark and was shocked at how much more difficult it was to get to the conveniences that they once had in their neighborhood, particularly the healthy food options. She never had to go further than a 5 block radius to get what she wanted. So, they took a page from Ghandi and decided to be the change they wanted see in the world.
?uestion Mart opened in September 2012 and currently occupies 1,000 square feet for it’s produce and groceries. All of the produce comes from upstate New York and Pennsylvania and they are working toward procuring produce from the Greater Newark Conservancy. Along with groceries, they also offer fresh soups that cater to vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, gluten free, and low fat diets and brewed coffees.
I was personally pleased to see that conventional favorites like Cheerios and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream are also available. By the spring/summer 2013 they will be expanding another 1,000 square feet to include a salad bar, gourmet delicatessen and juice bar.
So far, the surrounding community has been very receptive. I even got to buy some fresh fruit for my new juicer (shameless plug, so what).
And make sure you check-in on Foursquare next time you’re in the store!