Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The gourmet nut butter and dried fruit store (and deli and toy store) opened Tuesday in the space most-recently occupied by LaBella Cupcakes.
Things are really getting nutty on Madison Avenue. In a really good way. That’s Nuts, a gourmet nut butter and dried fruit store, opened Tuesday in the space most-recently occupied by LaBella Cupcakes. There’s classic peanut butter; honey roasted, cashew, almond and walnut spreads. But the renovated shop at 15208 Madison Avenue is appealing on several levels. There are sandwiches, toys and gifts — a little something for everyone. ...With a vintage TV playing 1950s commercials in the background all day long. “Basically, I am looking for a place for people to have fun and get something to eat,” said That’s Nuts owner Meilio Bakich. The menu features traditional deli offerings — think corned beef, Reuben and roast beef — but there are also “…
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Crews take down the signs, Golden Arches and the recognizable roof. The structure will now be renovated to make way for the Nature's Bin training center and catering space.
After more than 50 years on Sloane Avenue, the Golden Arches of McDonald's were brought down on Friday morning. It was part of the plan to “de-arch” the McDonald’s so that it can be converted into a new catering space for Nature’s Bin. The Sloane Avenue location of McDonald’s moved to its new home on the site of the former Detroit Theatre. Earlier this year, officials announced that McDonald’s was selling the property to its eastern neighbor, Cornucopia (Nature’s Bin). The building will be used as the vocational training center, kitchen and catering center for Nature’s Bin, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The project has gotten some help from neighbors. Part of the extensive renovation was paid for by …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Natural foods grocery store donates truckloads of food to American Red Cross emergency shelter, St. Augustine Hunger Center and other residents in need.
When the power went out at Nature’s Bin, the clock started ticking on the shelf-life of the food in the store. As the hours became days, officials at the natural foods grocery store made a decision to donate food that may perish. In all, during the past few days, Nature’s Bin donated nearly 2,000 pounds of food —worth an estimated $10,000 — to several organizations including a Cleveland hunger center and the American Red Cross emergency shelter at Garfield Middle School. “At least it went to a good cause,” said Scott Duennes, the executive director of Nature’s Bin. He said that the frozen food “held its temperature” for about 24 hours after the store lost power at around 5 p.m. Monday. “Once it started to get soft we had to give it a new …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Natural foods grocery store plans to expand into the former McDonald’s on Sloane Avenue.
Nature’s Bin and its parent company Cornucopia — the Lakewood-based natural foods grocery store — got a boost from the city of Lakewood on Monday. City council OK’d a $75,000 economic development loan for the company’s expansion into the site of the former McDonald’s site, where Nature’s Bin looks to expand its job training programs, catering service and office space. “I think Cornucopia is an important stakeholder in our community,” said at-large councilman Ryan Nowlin. The loan — approximately 12 percent of the total $618,000 project — is “forgivable over five years as long as (the) project meets job creation goals.” “We’re in the final stages,” said Scott Duennes, the executive director of Cornucopia, following council's approval. He …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The city’s architectural board of review OKs designs plans for the Nature’s Bin expansion into the McDonald’s on Sloane Avenue.
Goodbye Big Macs and Happy Meals, hello quinoa salad and eggplant parmesan. The design plans to “de-arch” the McDonald’s so that it can be converted into a new catering space for Nature’s Bin got the green light from the city’s architectural board of review Thursday. The Sloane Avenue location of McDonald’s is moving to its new home on the site of the former Detroit Theatre. Last month, officials announced that McDonald’s was selling the property to its eastern neighbor, Cornucopia (Nature’s Bin). “We are at a point in time where we are out of space,” Scott Duennes, the executive director of Cornucopia, said Thursday. “For last 18 months we’ve been seeking space that we can convert into a commissary — (we were) trying to stay in Lakewood…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Once the Golden Arches come down, Nature's Bin is looking to move into a redesigned building. It won't look much like a McDonald's.
In the land of Ronald McDonald, taking apart a shuttered McDonald’s is known as “de-arching.” That’s the process about to take place at the fast food restaurant on Sloane Avenue, as it moves to its new home on the site of the former Detroit Theatre. Last month, officials announced that McDonald’s was selling the property to its eastern neighbor, Cornucopia (Nature’s Bin). The building will be used as the vocational training center, kitchen and catering center for Nature’s Bin, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities. But first, there are a few building design hurdles. According to the application to the city’s architectural board of review, the fast food giant is requesting a few changes — including the …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The natural-foods was looking to expand; the fast-food giant had a store for sale. A perfect match, officials said.
The bad news for the Detroit Theatre is good news for Nature’s Bin. Officials from Cornucopia, the nonprofit the owner of the natural foods market, announced on Monday that the company was buying the soon-to-be-shuttered McDonald’s on Sloane Avenue. The building will be used as the vocational training center, kitchen and catering center for Nature’s Bin, which provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities. “We’ve been searching in Lakewood for the past year to have an off-site commissary,” said Scott Duennes, the executive director of Cornucopia. “This is tremendous for us. This will help to launch our catering program.” He said the store’s current training/baking/kitchen space will increase from 600 square feet to more …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
International movement coming to Nature’s Bin in Lakewood on March 24 — shoppers are encouraged to spend $20 at the local food store. But it's not the first flash mob in town.
Unlike flash mobs, the idea behind cash mobs is to swarm a local business to support it with money on a given day. It’s an international movement that’s coming to Nature’s Bin in Lakewood on March 24. Shoppers are encouraged to spend $20 at the local food store. Local organizer Andrew Samtoy, addressed Lakewood City Council on Monday to share the message with city hall. The group picked Nature’s Bin, he said, because of its involvement in the community. As many as 100 people are expected in just a couple hours, according to a press release. That means the store could bring in about $2,000 during that time. “We are thrilled to be a part of such an exciting event that promotes local businesses and allows people to shop and buy local,” said …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The market recently donated a half-dozen boxes of “green” school supplies to H20.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Lakewood youth program Help to Others is getting some help from others. In this case, from organic foods market Nature’s Bin. The market recently donated a half-dozen boxes of “green” school supplies to H20, the Lakewood collaboration between the city’s Department of Human Services, Division of Youth and the Lakewood City Schools. According to a press release, Nature’s Bin donated its remaining stock of school supplies from its back-to-school inventory. The list of donations includes notebooks, paper, graph paper, folders, index cards and journals made from recycled paper and sugar cane plants. Mary Johnson, assistant executive director at Nature’s Bin, said in the statement that the store is pleased to help. “School supplies are a …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Full-service natural and organic foods market has been in business for 36 — but Monday was a special occasion on Sloane Avenue.
Nature’s Bin — a full-service natural and organic foods market located on Sloane Avenue — is marking the 20th anniversary of its Sloane Avenue location. Before moving to the Sloane Avenue location in 1991, the store was located on Madison Avenuve in Birdtown. "It's been a good twenty years," said Mary Johnson, assistant executive director of Cornucopia. She noted that the store was open at both locations for a short period of time before consolidating into the Sloane Avenue spot Since 1975, Nature's Bin parent company Cornucopia has been aiding those with disabilities find employment by providing vocational training in several areas.