A new vegetarian grocery store and eatery opening soon in Lower Lonsdale plans to serve a unique brew to its customers: Kombucha Slushy.
Larry’s Market will be open in the Shipyards district in early July and will cover the entire grocery store gamut, from local, organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to rice and beans and diapers and toothbrushes.
As an eatery, Larry’s Market will also offer vegetarian burgers, pizzas, smoothies, veggies bowls, elixirs, and of course, coffee. But the most intriguing item on the menu may just be the Kombucha Slushy, and the owner claims the market will be the only store in Canada selling the concoction.
The idea for the Kombucha Slushy came from a visit to LA, says the owner Ryan Dennis, who co-owns the store with his wife, Holy Parrent. “We first had the Kombucha slushy at this small store in LA, and we thought let’s bring this to Canada. As far as we know, we are the only store in the country where you can have a Kombucha Slushy,” he said.
They collaborated with Hoochy Booch, a Vancouver-based Kombucha company to come with interesting mixes, a Spirulina drink and another one with a Peach Raspberry flavor. They are now working on a new Matcha recipe and are open to suggestions on more interesting ideas.
Customers can buy the slushy on the machine, or try Kombucha on tap or fill a growler at the new grocery store. They may also want to try something from the vending machines, which will dispense roasted cauliflower salad, zucchini noodles, and even vegan chocolate rice pudding. The store is driven by a desire to provide healthy vegetarian grocery options to the community and a convenient shopping experience with an easy self-scan checkout option, says Dennis, who worked for a major grocery store for several years before embarking on his new passion.
While ideas for a healthy grocery and eatery with convenient shopping had been brewing in his mind for several years, it was a major life style change that finally drove him and his wife to open the store. A few years ago, Holy was diagnosed with breast cancer which steered the family towards a vegetarian diet. Finding a lack of healthy vegetarian focused destinations that were also convenient, Dennis and Holy finally decided to give a concrete shape to their idea.
“We want to have a healthy lifestyle and we also want to bring healthy food to the area and we want to expand to Lower Mainland so more healthy food is available and available conveniently,” he says. Larry’s Market will be a 2,500 square feet store and will open soon at #140-125 Victory Ship Way.