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We’re More Than Food: Mountain Brook, Alabama

By Marla Camp, May 29, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Marla Camp
When you think of Whole Foods Market, I bet the amazing food we sell is top of mind. But regular readers of this blog know we are about so much more than food. Check out this video for one example.
When we open up a new Whole Foods Market store, we work hard to establish meaningful connections with our neighbors so that every store becomes a unique reflection of the community it serves. We get deeply involved with locally-based non-profit organizations and we partner with local artisans to create one-of-a-kind artwork and store decor that expresses the history, geography, population and personality of the neighborhood, including using local and repurposed materials in our buildings, fixtures and displays. This is all highly evident in our Mountain Brook store in Birmingham, Alabama. Throughout the design phase, we learned about the history of Birmingham and how the Mountain Brook community came to be. Using neighborhood signs for inspiration and images from historical centers of the city, Birmingham history and present day were melded together. In the store, you’ll see the backdrop of the Sloss Furnace, which gives reverence to the city’s past while ironwork reflecting local neighborhood street signs brings in the surrounding community flavor. We also sought out folk artists to bring an Alabama flair into the store’s café seating area, and that’s how the quilts of Gee’s Bend—whose creators are the focus of this video—became a permanent part of the store’s décor and a way for us to celebrate local art rich in the history of Alabama culture. This video is just the first of several we're working on that will focus on some of our special community connections. Who knows? Maybe your favorite store will be the next one featured!

 

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donna toler says ...
i first found whole foods in austin tx while visiting my son.i was so happy to find one here in alabama,even though i live 55 miles from this store i fully intend to go there it is worth the trip.just wanted to say that i love this store.
05/30/2010 11:17:08 AM CDT
Night Owl Paper Goods says ...
We owl love love love this philosophy and we owlways feel so super blessed to be part of the Whole Foods Market Mountain Brook store community! Thank you so much for the opportunity to showcase our eco-friendly cards, calendars, journals and other goodies in our very own hometown WFM! Hoot hoot for Whole Foods Market!
06/02/2010 11:46:19 AM CDT
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Marc Oka says ...
I was wondering if you have a nutritionist on staff in your store?
07/01/2013 1:26:42 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARC - It will vary between stores. Most of our stores will feature a Healthy Eating Specialist that can help you out!
07/01/2013 3:19:52 PM CDT
Ann says ...
We heard that you have a Red Yeast Rice supplement that is really good. Since there is no Whole Foods Market in south Alabama, is there a way to order the product on-line? Thanks
07/17/2013 11:38:24 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ANN - We do not offer online ordering at this time but we do have a store in Austin that offers shipping of products. You can reach them at 512-542-2243 for details!
07/17/2013 4:38:24 PM CDT
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