After making national news when it opened in 2012, Austin’s (near) zero-waste grocery store, Ingredients, is having a tough time.
Like Black Star Co-op, Ingredients’ sales have slumped as Austin’s food economy slows down. The market, at 2610 Manor Road, sells local produce and dozens of pastas, beans, grains, vinegar, oil and honey in bulk, as well as some packaged dairy products and meats. They also sell beer and baked goods and have a cool place to hang out in front of the store. Last year was Ingredients’ strongest year in sales to date, but as property taxes have doubled and even more specialty corner markets have opened, the store is struggling to stay open.
In an effort to raise $30,000 to invest in the weatherizing the pergola outside, improving the playground and other things like adding espresso service, Ingredients is hosting an IndieGoGo campaign that starts on Friday.
They are hosting a kick-off event from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday with live music and samples from local businesses Delysia Chocolatier, MALK Organics, KTonic Kombucha, Zhi Tea, Yellowbird Sauce and Texas Keeper Cider.
You can learn more about the crowdfunding campaign at in.gredients.com/indiegogo.