A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

If you’ve seen us in action, you’ll know that our little grocery store can be a hive of activity.¬† We’re all bustling away working on our various tasks and projects all in an effort to make our customers shopping experience the best! So what does a...
We’ve Been in the News

We’ve Been in the News

You may have noticed that we (The Bownesian) have been in the news lately. It’s been a bit overwhelming (in a good way!), and we thought we’d like to share with you how this happened, our perspective on what’s going on with us as a store, and so far,...
Singing the Praises of Pepperplate.com

Singing the Praises of Pepperplate.com

Craig and I were at a Food Trade Show last week. It was hosted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers and was held in Toronto. We try to go every fall because we bring back such great ideas. One of the seminars that I attended at the most recent show was...
What’s the Deal with Locally Roasted Coffee?

What’s the Deal with Locally Roasted Coffee?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there seems to be a move afoot to roast coffee locally. This coffee is sometimes marketed as “local”, and of course, no one is trying to fool you into thinking that the beans were grown here; we just...
Marketing in the Year 2019 (and onward)

Marketing in the Year 2019 (and onward)

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. None of us here at the store is a Marketing guru. That said, it’s an area that we recognize that we need to get better at and one that we’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Gone are the days when we can...
The Challenge of Sustainable Packaging

The Challenge of Sustainable Packaging

We’ve had many queries lately as our customers become environmentally-conscious, about our commitment to sustainable packaging. We love this! Yet, it’s been, and continues to be a journey to find the appropriate solutions. For example, In order to reduce...
I wonder if this is the next food trend

I wonder if this is the next food trend

Recently I started reading “The Plant Paradox” by Steven R. Gundry. In the book, Gundry presents a theory which I’ll endeavor to share in a very oversimplified way. Essentially, he asserts that certain plants produce a substance called Lectin which...
Those Elusive Shopping Carts

Those Elusive Shopping Carts

This is going to be one of those articles that only appeals to grocery store nerds.¬† Everything¬† you ever wanted to know about our shopping carts. Those of you who regularly come to the store know that we usually have a rag-tag assortment of shopping carts. It’s...
What You Need to Know About our Loyalty Program

What You Need to Know About our Loyalty Program

You may not be familiar with our new loyalty program … we launched it back in April. We thought this would be a great forum to share the rationale behind why we love this loyalty program and how you can benefit from it. We’ll dive a little deeper than you...