This business is very well worth supporting.
Related article here discussing Roots Market & the connected businesses - http://www.nbc4.com/goinggreen/16889288/detail.html
Conscious Corner Provides Green Shopping In Md.
Group Of Stores In Clarkesville Shopping Center Helps People Go Green
UPDATED: 3:08 pm EDT July 15, 2008
CLARKESVILLE, Md. -- Imagine being able to go green in one location -- everything from groceries and wellness, to pet supplies and housewares.
Now people can do just that at a group of stores called the Conscious Corner in a Clarkesville, Md., shopping center.
Like most things that grow, it started with Roots, an organic market and wellness center that Holly Kaufman and her husband Jeff started seven years ago.
But the gift and home section got too crowded so Nest opened next door.
Soon they wanted to open a deli, but there wasn't enough space. They expanded once again and opened Great Sage vegetarian restaurant.
When the pet food section was getting squeezed they opened another space and created Bark.
The Kaufmans, who are vegans, started Roots because they wanted a health food store that focused on organic produce from small farms and carried products free of chemicals and additives.
Being vegans, the Kaufmans didn't carry meat at first. However they now carry organic meat so their customers can get a healthy alternative.
At nearby Nest, customers can browse through a wide array of home items including recycled glass from The Green Glass Company.
They also have books, gifts and clothing made from organic cottons like hemp, soy and corn silk.
Great Sage serves up gourmet vegan cuisine, including a bar full of organic wines, beers and mixed drinks.
After people eat, they can feed their dog or cat at Bark, which offers an array of organic pet foods and supplies.
With the green movement flourishing and more consumers coming on board each day, the Kaufmans are trying to keep up with demand and keep up with the growing consciousness.
The organic food industry reached $17 billion in sales last year and it's not slowing down.
The Kaufmans just opened a second market in Olney this summer and are wondering where else their roots will take them.