Mrs. Green's Natural Market, a new organic, all-natural grocery store at Fair Lakes in Fairfax welcomed customers with a grand opening preview party Jan. 23.
As the company's first D.C. metro-area location, hundreds of people turned out in frigid temperatures to check out the store and sample dozens of Mrs. Green's signature dishes.
The atmosphere inside the store was festive with the sounds of Virginia Bluegrass music from The Whiskey Rebellion, a nine-foot tall walking human vine, the Mrs. Green's wine machine, photo-ops with American Gothic Farmer and Mrs. Farmer, arts and crafts for kids, and much more.
"We are excited to be here." said Rick Hoffman, regional manager for Mrs. Green's.
"We recognize the fact that people here want to have good food and everything here is either all natural or organic," Hoffman said.
In order to accomplish this, Mrs. Green's works with a variety of local farmers, bakers and other vendors from around the area, such as Moorenko’s Ice Cream, Banana Love Muffins, Blind Dog Cookies, and Mom Made Foods.
"We are small enough to partner with local vendors who may not be able to survive in a larger chain store," said Shige Hatanaka, Senior Vice President for Operations at Mrs. Green's parent company, Natural Markets Food Group, based in Irvington, NY.
Mrs. Green's has several unique offerings, including a masseuse who is on-site to provide 10-minute massages for $10. Also, there are two registered dieticians available for free consultations and nutritional advice.
In addition, there is a cooking school, a natural living department, organic baby clothes and food, yoga clothes, and more.
Customers may also enjoy the in-store coffee bar, made from Ceremony Coffee Roasters in Maryland, as well as a smoothie and juice bar.
Pat Herrity, a member of the Fairfax County board of supervisors, attended Thursday's preview party.
"I think its great for them to pick Fairfax for their first location and it brings jobs and local products. I am really happy they decided to make an investment in Fairfax County and in our community, partnering with local charities tonight. They have already proven to be great corporate citizens. What a great turnout tonight, very impressive and the food is outstanding," Herrity said.
Food for Others and Life with Cancer, both of Fairfax, were selected as the local charities who received a donation from Mrs. Green's. Their partnership will be ongoing, as Mrs. Green's prides itself as being a strong supporter of and contributor to the community in which they are located.
"We like to partner with stores like this because if a lot of things are not sold they provide terrific food for us," said Don Wallace, Food for Others.
Cindy DeVore and her husband, Art traveled almost an hour to attend the event. "As owners of a company that produces natural products, we’re thrilled to see stores like Mrs. Green’s opening in the Northern Virginia area. It was truly an enjoyable evening with amazing food, an incredibly friendly staff, and great camaraderie among people who appreciate Mrs. Green’s natural and organic offerings," said DeVore, founder and CEO of Valley Green Naturals.
Mrs. Green's is located at 12995 Fairlakes Shopping Center Fairfax VA, 22033. 571-316-1048.
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