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VegCo Market- A Revolution In Shopping & Lifestyle
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VegCo Market- A Revolution In Shopping & Lifestyle

To extoll the benefits of a vegan lifestyle in this forum would be like preaching to the choir. Instead I will discuss how I feel our community can be better served. As vegans (or vegetarians), our conversations, thoughts and actions are so often food focused. We have chosen a lifestyle that is currently so contra-mainstream that in order to maintain it, we must navigate with such alertness and preparedness. But we did not choose this lifestyle because we are fascinated with reading nutrition labels or asking waiters to ensure that absolutely no animal ingredients will be added into our meals. We chose it because we are passionate about a variety ethical, environmental and health concerns.

And we have other concerns too, like our families, our jobs, and the things we like do for fun. I believe it is time that we have a venue that facilitates our food needs, so that we can spend less time focusing on the food and more time on the other aspects of lives that are important to us. This is the very reason I founded VegCo Market.

It is a large scale, full spectrum vegan supermarket that includes a full service deli and bakery. It will offer the widest variety of high quality plant based foods all at affordable prices in a single convenient location. Aside from facilitating grocery shopping for the veg community, the goal is to welcome in the veg curious and veg skeptical so that they may see and experience first-hand what our diets truly consist of.

These people may not be willing to watch Earthlings or Vegucated, they may not attend a conference on health and wellness or read a PETA article, but they may be willing to come shop with us to buy their organic produce at the best price in town. And maybe slowly their opinions towards our lifestyle will begin to shift. We will be opening our first market in Phoenix, Arizona in the next few months and we will begin to test this theory.

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  1. SnakeWitch
    Hey! Welcome to our community! Don't forget to vote for yourself! I voted for you. By the way, best of luck with that store. If I'm not mistaken, this would be a first. I've never seen a fully vegan store before.
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    1. Heather Francois
      Well thank you! I didn't realize I could vote for my own posts! I have found some small vegan stores, but nothing that could be considered a true supermarket here in the US. I believe our national community has grown enough over the past several years that we merit a store dedicated to serve our needs.
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      1. harrisonc77
        have not seen or heard of one yet either
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  2. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Welcome to the Flaming Vegan! Vote #2!
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    1. Veganara
      Veganara
      Vote no 4, what a great idea! I wish we had something like this over in Britain. Maybe I should set one up!
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      1. Heather Francois
        I actually found something similar in Britain as I was doing my world tour of the internet trying to find something comparable to show my investors. I don't know how far you are from them but the Unicorn Grocery Co-Op http://unicorn-grocery.co.uk/ looks pretty incredible to me!
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        1. Veganara
          Veganara
          Yes, thanks for the info Heather, it looks amazing! Unfortunately it is hundreds of miles from me, but I am glad to see they have one over here.
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  3. The Flaming Vegan Crew
    The Flaming Vegan Crew
    The Flaming Vegan Crew things this is great news and just posted it up to our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheFlamingVegan
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    1. Heather Francois
      Thank you- I am honored! And although I would love to say we are the world's first, we are actually on the first in the US. There is an all Vegan Supermarket in Germany and an all Vegan Co-op in the UK.
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      1. The Flaming Vegan Crew
        The Flaming Vegan Crew
        We think being first in the United States is more than cool!
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  4. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Sounds very cool and a healthy alternative for those who are only dabbling in the vegan world or are just having a healthy day. Voted. Check out my Asian pasta salad and vote if you like! You may be able to find some good recipes for your deli on this blog :)
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    1. Heather Francois
      Hi, your recipes look good. Can't vote for the Asian Pasta Salad because of the Honey- but if you can add a substitute that works just as well, I would be happy to vote for it. Looks delicious! Also, have you seen Forks Over Knives? I noticed you had a post on yogurt and I would highly recommend that you see the movie.
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  5. harrisonc77
    I have been talikng about this and wanting it for awhile. i will say, i wish there was a vegan whole foods store. So cool, i live in the suburbs of chicago, so would love to see one in this area!!!! soon !!! good luck, i hope it does fantastic !!!! Carla
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    1. Heather Francois
      Hi Carla, we are opening our first market here in Phoenix. Hopefully, we will be able to expand the concept to a national model.
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  6. SnakeWitch
    Hey, have you had time to read and vote for my article on vitamin B12 deficiencies? Thanks!
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    1. Heather Francois
      I just read your article- wow that sparked a lot of controversy! My personal opinion- based on instinct and zero scientific fact- is that there have been vegans and vegetarians a lot longer than there have been B12 supplements. They managed to survive....
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      1. SnakeWitch
        Exactly my point, but some still believe in the so-called lie called science...
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  7. Aerialrose
    Holy Hannah! This is a historic event worthy of commemoration. I hope to attend the grand opening in Phoenix, Arizona. Way to go, VegCo!! Once you guys are established....please create a franchise in Arlington, TX! We need it, and there are so many Vegans here and in the Dallas area that will loyally support the business for what it's doing and bring all of their friends and family! May your practice be blessed and fully successful. Namaste.
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    1. Heather Francois
      Thank you for your excitement! You can "like" VegCo Market on Facebook to keep track of our progress. You are more than welcome to attend our grand opening! As I mentioned earlier, we are hoping to expand to a national model, so we will certainly consider your community as a VegCo candidate after we have established our first market in Phoenix.
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