16 August 2011

'Vegan Bodega' in the works for New York City

New York City ranks among the most vegan friendly cities in the country boasting numerous vegan restaurants, vegan friendly supermarkets and even a vegan shoe store. The only thing that is missing from the mix is an all-around one stop shop to stock up on vegan groceries. That might be about to change as one stay-at -home dad has decided to remedy the situation and has started to raise funds to open New York City’s first and only vegan convenience store, appropriately named Vegan Bodega.

Eric Hopf, a former photographer assistant and resident of Brooklyn, is currently raising funds on IndieGoGo to launch Vegan Bodega, where investors can contribute amounts ranging from five dollars up to a thousand. Hopf’s goal is to raise an initial 15k to secure a space, stock the shelves and open up in the desired location of either the Lower East Side or the East Village.

Hopf says the store will feature everyday vegan foodstuffs as well as specialty items like by-the-pound Field Roast and Daiya cheese. The shelves will also be stocked with vegan toiletries and household cleaners as well as hard to find items that you would normally order by mail. Hopf is also interested in carrying beer and in partnering with a CSA to provide the store with fresh fruits and veggies.

Hopf says he will run the store himself with his young daughter in tow. If the store is a success Hopf sees expansion into Brooklyn and Queens, which he says, is the most underserved borough when it comes to vegan food.

If Hopf can reach his funding goals he hopes to open the store before winter sets in, just in time for second helpings of tofurky and cruelty-free stocking stuffers.

Robin Lawless | @robmlaw | email
Robin lives in New York City and writes about all things animal, vegetable, and sometimes mineral at her blog wildnewyorkblog.com. Visit her there to read about animal friendly lifestyles in the Big Apple and beyond. Feel free to add Robin as a friend on Facebook.

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