Eternal Abundance Organic Market & Cafe
What’s Your Business?
Eternal Abundance is Vancouver’s only all organic, vegan, and gluten-free market and cafe located in the heart of Commercial Drive. Our mission is to provide a space to explore healthy living and sustainability. Our market has fresh fruit & veggies, dried foods, herbs & spices, superfoods, books and DVDs, all offered with Zero Waste principles and sourced as close to home as possibleand from small local businesses that demonstrate high integrity in their sourcing and business practices. The cafe offers a wide array of raw and cooked dishes prepared in small batches and assembled to order. We offer juices, smoothies, salad, sushi rolls, burgers, pastas, or desserts; daily soup, chili, or roasted veggies bowls. Occasionally we host documentary screenings, cooking classes, and expert talks on health and well-being, social justice issues, and the environment.
Why Did You Start Your Business?
I joined Eternal Abundance because I want to share my ethic for sustainable cruelty free living. I love purchasing from my neighbours and friends to together make the world a little healthier.
What Does It Say On Your Business Card?
Eternal Abundance “Always Vegan, Organic, and Made with Love”
What's Your Neigbourhood And Why Do You Love It?
We’re located on Commercial Drive and there’s such a variety of people living and working here. It’s very multicultural, environmentally and socially aware, and artistic. The neighbourhood is friendly and more relaxed than other parts of town.
The One Piece of Advice You’d Give Other Local Businesses Is….
We all have to seriously consider the environmental, economic, and social impacts of what we’re doing as businesses. From recycling to product sourcing, this 3-pronged approach needs to be taken into consideration.
What’s The Most Important Business Lesson You’ve Learned?
Don’t wait for “the perfect time” to do something (if such a thing exists). Just get going on it and the pieces will come together.
What's The Best Business Move You've Made Recently? The Worst?
The best business move we’ve made was renovating the place to give it a cleaner, more approachable image. The worst was waiting so long to do so!
What Local Suppliers (goods or services) Can't You Live Without? Why?
Local farmers! We need to support them for reasons of sustainability, food security, knowledge and infrastructure, local economy, and health, and to show that farming is a viable and rewarding career.
What's A Little Known Fact About Your Business?
We’ve been around since 2002! (but are in second ownership)
What Inspires You to Keep Moving Forward?
The Earth and all its inhabitants, humans and non-humans, are in need of sustainability-minded businesses who take the risk
One Thing That Never Ceases to Amaze You About Doing Business Here Is….
How much more you can always do to improve it. Exciting and overwhelming at the same time.
Too Many Trips, Calls, Meetings, Emails, Tweets...What's Your Favorite Escape?
Too many trips, lol I wish! But my favourite escape is getting over to the Sunshine Coast or Vancouver Island to backpack into the wilderness.
How Does Your Business Work To Better Our World?
We are keen on improving the health and well-being of our customers via offering only organic ingredients sourced as close to home as possible, and entirely vegan because plants are good for you and don’t suffer like animals or require the amount of fossil fuels, land, and water to raise
How Are Your Products/Services Environmentally And Socially Beneficial?
We’re entirely organic and plant-based. Less fossil fuels, water, and intensive land usage. We strive to offer organics at an affordable price
Why Is Local Important To You?
Local is important for so many reasons. I want to employ my neighbour farmers with rewarding healthy jobs, the same as with my staff. Local jobs and companies keep money circulating more than foreign companies. And local means less transportation = less GHGs = a healthier planet.
How Do You Support Other Local Businesses?
We purchase from small artisan producers, small family spice and tea companies, and local farmer and suppliers. At least 90% of our suppliers are in the Vancouver area.
You Are Excited About The Future Because…
The recent political downturn in the US is finally waking up people to take action. More people than ever are speaking out against oppressive and harmful practices and realizing the voting power they have with their dollars. We have a long way to go to turn around our practices but I’m hopeful that we’re at a turning point of massive social change.