Mon, Mar 4, 2013

Business, Food

?uestion Mart

BY Gentleman Culture

?uestion Mart

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!

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9 Responses to “?uestion Mart”

  1. Ironboundian Says:

    I will have to check this place out!


  2. Ryan N. Says:

    Any idea whether they plan to deliver? It would be nice. My neighborhood (downtown) is still lacking in this sort of place.


  3. Gentleman Culture Says:

    Yes, in fact. They DO deliver. Give them a call at (973) 350-0030


  4. Eric N. Says:

    Great place! They even will order some items for you if they don’t have it on the shelves. This will definitely become my go to for groceries. I can’t wait to they begin delivering.


  5. Nadeen Says:

    Awesome place! Such great selection!! They are very welcoming, very happy to have a place like this downtown!


  6. J. Cruz Says:

    I have passed by this place on my way to the university heights and noticed their sleek front entrance and passive store name… I will certainly stop here on my up=]


  7. sophomore Says:

    Awesome website! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also.



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