In 2013, Sheila Akbar and Dylan Ricards started Bed-Stuy Fresh & Local in response to the lack of grocery stores with healthy options in their Bed-Stuy neighborhood.
The couple raised more than $11,000 using crowdfunding site Indie Go-Go, with 161 supporters donating to the cause. They then sought help from Bridge Street Development Corporation to tighten up their business plan and find a location for the store. We were excited to assist in filling a void in Bed-Stuy. Bed-Stuy Fresh & Local is located on the corner of Patchen Ave. and Macon St.
Hear more about these creative entrepreneurs and their healthy food goals in the video below:
Find more information about this exciting local grocery store on their facebook page.
Read about their opening here.