Food for Thought
I first heard about the Gem City Market five years ago, and I thought it was a great idea. A Co-op Grocery store in West Dayton, with primary membership coming from the very local community. Here is the mission statement from the its website:
Our mission is to serve, engage, and empower our neighborhoods by providing affordable, high quality food in a clean and welcoming environment that is worker and community owned.
As the Gem City designers also note “Co-ops are proven economic drivers and community builders.” This is something I’m a fan of, and was one of people who invested in the Fifth Street Brewpub, also a co-op, when it opened.
I’m happy to say that it is happening, and they are currently on target to open by the end of the first quarter in 2021. On the corner of Salem and Superior Ave., the Gem City Market “will be a vibrant, community-centered grocery store with well-trained, friendly workers (who are also owners!) who know the value of providing exceptional service. The Market will restore grocery service to Northwest Dayton for the first time in over a decade.”
More than a grocery store, it will also offer a teaching kitchen for classes on cooking and nutrition, a community room, a mini-clinic, and a coffee house.
The GCM is actively seeking co-op members from the West-Dayton area in keeping with its mission to serve and support the community. Memberships are $100, however community members on fixed or low-incomes can join for $10.00. To make up the cost, the GCM has a Supporter program starting at $90 to which people outside the community are welcome donate.
In lieu of our traditional holiday offering of socks this year for our active clients, Practice will sponsor a number of memberships for future member-owners.
Access to local nutritional care is as important to having access to local medical care. In my opinion, It may be THE most important variable in building and maintaining a healthy body and mind. Contributing to the Gem Street Market is one way among many that we can help to keep Dayton Strong in 2021, and thanks to your support during this challenging year, I’m thrilled to say that Practice Fitness is able to contribute.
Thank you so much for you belief in us and your presence, both in person and online, in 2020, and we look forward to a much better year, coming soon!