* Downtown Grocery.com™ follows earth-friendly, sustainable, and green practices:
1 A Local-Organic Grocery & Deli and an Everyday Farm Market...
"...featuring regional farmers, producers and food entrepreneurs...
to nurture an earth-friendly place...
to share food ideas and grow a local food economy and...
hey, by the way, farmer's rule!" says Kevin Korpela.
2 Grocery Bags --- We've several options for carrying home your groceries:
- Brown and white paper bags
- Encourage the use of reusable bags:
...such as a paper bag from your last visit
...or a cloth bag, backpack, messenger bag, big purse or an upturned hat!
3 Local and Organic --- Emphasize food grown and produced by local and regional farmers, growers, and producers to minimize industrial methods, limit transportation costs and offer more farm to table options.
4 Reuse an old building --- Restored a 100 year old retail storefront (constructed about 1910) on Wausau's "Main Street." Reconstruction began on March 1, 2006 by painting a "gigantic vegetable mural" on our windows, then removed non-original finishes revealing a hardwood floor, tin ceiling and plaster walls.
5 Main street location --- Located the old-fashioned grocery market inside an historic storefront on a "Main Street" to add one more interesting retail shop to "Main Street" and rejuvenate an old-fashioned concept: walking, biking or just less driving for those citizens living, working and socializing on Wausau's East-side.
6 Energy-efficient lighting --- Installed compact fluorescent lighting for the "school-house" ceiling-hung light fixtures and we're working to replace the spot and accent lights with compact fluorescent illumination, too.
7 Earth-friendly degreasers --- The tin ceiling was grimmy from an oil furnace gone bad or maybe a century of use. We used an earth-friendly degreaser, a sponge, and a wheeled scaffold to hand-scrub the ceiling!
8 Earth-friendly paints --- The rich-colored walls were painted with a low-VOC or no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint. The paint takes a little extra effort in regards to its application but the richness in color is unmatched.
9 Energy-star certified equipment --- Use Energy-star rated equipment as much as possible.