This month Urban Food Project Distribution Specialist, and CO.STARTERS alumni, Brent Kendrick took the entrepreneurial leap, launching a weekly local food box delivery called Stone’s Throw Market. Stone’s Throw Market seeks to supply its members with the very best in farm fresh foods and commodities with Workplace and Residential CSA Programs. The ‘farm-to-front-door’ concept is built on the infrastructure of the REV Urban Food Project‘s local food hub. Unlike traditional Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscriptions, Kendrick sources goods from his hobby farm and more than 40 Alabama farmers. Locavores can tailor boxes to their tastes and receive deliveries of fresh, seasonal Alabama grown produce for each Thursday for $35-$45. According to Brent, CO.STARTERS – a Create Birmingham program REV partners on – gave him the skills to turn his hobby into a viable business; “I’d been doing this myself for years, but CO.STARTERS helped me find and utilize resources that would not have been available to me otherwise.“
If you’ve been following REV for a while, you probably remember The Big Pitch Competitions we used to hold back in the day. The Big Pitch presented by PNC was essentially our own little version of Shark Tank. And a lot of your favorite local businesses that participated in this competition now have active retail storefronts that you can go check out. Let’s start with some of our finalists that are based in the City of Birmingham and see what they’ve been up to!
We’re so excited to welcome yet another new business to the Woodlawn Community! Thrive Wellness Lounge is a plant-based health and wellness store in the heart of Woodlawn owned by Tish Fletcher (a veteran Woodlawn Street Market vendor – whoop whoop)! You can swing by and check out Woodlawn’s newest addition on Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. It’s always a good time to support a female, black-owned local business! We talked to Tish a little bit more about her journey to opening her very own brick and mortar store. Keep reading to learn more!
It’s our favorite time of the month again – Woodlawn Street Market time! Woohoo! This month’s market will be held on August 13, 2022, from 5-9 p.m. and it’s a night market – because we all know how bad that Alabama heat can get! Keep reading to check out the vendors that will be featured at this month’s market.