Before we closed Sprout Market in the summer of 2018, my husband and I supported small local farmers and paid them their asking price for everything. We took on new crafty items made right here in BC, and provided healthy, environmentally-friendly items to every customer.
As the North Shore has changed, operating a small business became more and more challenging. Traffic problems meant customers simply could not get to us. Foreign-owned big box stores lured away customers with impossible-to-match pricing. A lack of affordable leasing options or even a retail space purchase meant moving would be beyond our means.
We miss every customer dearly and feel for our farmers who will be forced to accept lower prices as they sell into big box stores (if they even can).
Thank you to everyone who supported us over the years. We all made a difference together.