09 October 2013

Green Zebras in Portland

Congratulations to our Kenton Market Sponsor and Friend of the Market, Green Zebra Grocery: They recently opened their first store in the Kenton Neighborhood. It takes so much time, capital and effort to turn an idea into reality, that getting the doors open is a major accomplishment, worthy of praise even though it isn’t the company’s end goal  – So good work. Green Zebra’s Director of Marketing, Shannon Hiller-Webb sent along the announcement below.

image“After months of planning with lots of community input, we’re overjoyed to open our doors to the Kenton neighborhood,” said Lisa Sedlar, Founder and CEO of Green Zebra Grocery. “We’re on a mission to change the landscape of the convenience store. Instead of cigarettes and junk food we’re focused on increasing access to healthy, fresh and regionally sourced foods.”

“We are very excited to be the first location for Green Zebra Grocery. Lisa Sedlar has not only resurrected the building, but also created a lot of excitement in the neighborhood”, said landlord Mike Dyer. “We look forward to the grand opening and to a long relationship with Green Zebra Grocery.”

“Green Zebra has been a great community partner”, said Kenton Neighborhood Association Chair, Meegan Watts. “They have dedicated themselves to helping with neighborhood clean ups, supporting the farmer’s market and lending their time and thought leadership to the newly created Friends of Lombard business association. They are an amazing team that we truly enjoy partnering with.”

Green Zebra held a local vendor fair in July and will be bringing in products from over 75 vendors who attended the event including Bow and Arrow wines. The owners Scott and Dana live in the Kenton neighborhood and are former New Seasons Market staff members. “We attended the Green Zebra local vendor fair and heard back from Lisa that our Bow and Arrow wines were selected for the store. We think it’s pretty cool that all of their wines are under $20 and since we live right in the neighborhood it will be great to tell our neighbors they can get our wine two blocks away”.