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, May 18, 2012
Event moves to Screw Factory after years at Clifton Club.
The ninth annual Taste of Lakewood will be bringing back to the neighborhood the irresistible combination of art and food for another round of good eats and visual treats on June 3. But this time around, the Taste of Lakewood will be in a new location. The event will be held at the Lake Erie Building, Templar Industrial Park, also known as the Screw Factory, after being held at the Clifton Club for its first eight years. “It’s a larger venue. Instead of limiting ourselves to 22 restaurants, we’re going to have 28. We will be able to sell more tickets. We’re partnering with the Screw Factory artists as well, and they’ll have their studios open,” Val Mechenbier, of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, said. The Taste of Lakewood runs from 4 to …
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 …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Cleveland Beansprouts' alfalfa sprouts cleared after contamination check.
Nature’s Bin has begun restocking a local Cleveland company’s alfalfa sprouts after its crop was deemed clean from a contaminant by the Ohio Department of Agriculture earlier this week. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last Friday that the ODA had found listeria in a limited supply of Cleveland Beansprouts, Inc.’s sprouts during testing. The FDA announced a recall of Cleveland Beansprouts sprouts, but further ODA tests proved negative, according to Erica Pitchford, a public information officer of the ODA. Nature’s Bin assistant produce manager Kate Link said the store pulled the sprouts from its shelves immediately after the alert was released. Link said Nature’s Bin restocked the sprouts Monday after the government’s …
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.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The Sloane Avenue store recognized by national accrediting organization for employment opportunities.
Nature’s Bin (Cornucopia) has gotten some national recongnition from CARF International — again. This marks the 22nd straight year that Cornucopia has been given distinction for its employment practices. Nature’s Bin was recognized by CARF — the organization formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities — in several categories, including employment services; community employment services; and job-site training. Nature’s Bin — a full-service natural and organic foods market located on Sloane Avenue — is operated by the nonprofit, Cornucopia. According to the press release, CARF — founded in 1966 — is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal …