Historic Kenwood residents Marcile Powers and Keevy McAlavy will soon open an organic produce stand and zero-waste store. Locally sourced, environmentally friendly packaged items are the specialty of this wife-and-husband duo, who aim to take St. Petersburg’s eco-minded identity to the next level.
Kenwood’s Organic Produce is set to premiere in soft-opening mode at 3325 Fifth Ave. N. on Saturday, Nov. 17 (a date for its winter holiday party is forthcoming). But the public can stop by during the neighborhood’s annual BungalowFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, when the store will hold a pop-up outside with pesticide-free, non-GMO hydroponic produce and reusable goods available for purchase.
McAlavy and Powers aim to succeed where other zero-waste stores — you know, the ones shoppers sometimes forget to bring their canvas bags to — haven’t. For instance, Kenwood’s Organic will sell products in 100-percent reusable containers; the newbie even sells reusable containers decorated by area artists. There’s an added bonus for shoppers who return them for sterilization, as they snag a discount on their next order.
What’s more, the store plans to address the issue of food waste by canning its own line of salsas, sauces, jams and jellies, plus making its own dehydrated fruit and veggie chips. These signature items are slated to launch in January 2019.
The Kenwood’s Organic courtyard will also host a series of community events that focus on sustainability, ethical eating (the founders are longtime vegetarians, after all) and family fun.
Locals can help the store get through the first year by donating to its Kickstarter page. The crowdfunding campaign has a goal of $3,333.
Via: CL Tampa Bay