It may seem odd coming from a vegan, but I've always been sceptical of organic stores. These days, eco marketing is so in demand almost every supermarket has 'organic', 'vegetarian' and 'eco-friendly' labelled produce. My usual mentality: why shop at a boutique-like organic store when most of its products are up to three times the price of the same products at a supermarket?
My mentality after stumbling upon The Green Grocer: Oh My Gosh. I'm making this place my pantry.
The Green Grocer is a small organic produce shop on Boundary Street in Brisbane's West End. In fact it's exactly the kind of rustic, indie-style shop you could only find in West End.
I discovered this place one weekday afternoon, on a walk with my sister. I went in because the shop's faded, hand-painted sign is exactly not the kind of sign that jumps out at you. I almost felt sorry for it, like the way you feel sorry for an old, scruffy dog.
This place looks like it's been here forever," I thought. I later found out it's been there over 15 years.
Inside, the shop has a somewhat shabby appearance, but the lovable kind like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.
I moved slow-mo passed a fridge full of coconut-yogurt, tofu and other vegan goodies. I inhaled like an addict by the shelves of free-trade coffee and tea. I stopped at the self-serve jars of dark-chocolate covered snacks and almost drooled.
The Green Grocer isn't where I'd do my grocery-shopping (mainly because the prices are slightly higher than other local farm-fresh stores). But its stock of things you'd never think of or that you can't buy anywhere else reigns supreme – this includes dark-chocolate-covered goji berries and the best organic, low-sugar, all-natural licorice I've ever tasted.
It's also a local gem for home-made remedial and naturopath advice. All served with a wholehearted smile from the friendly owner. On a side note, they also have a $5 minimum EFTPOS.
I do love finding places by "accident" or is it fate? Whatever it is, there are so many wonderful little places in our great city to find. Thanks for the review of this one - one to add to my "to-do" list