photo by Erik Jensen
April’s Small Business Monthly in the East Bay Express features Laura McCamy’s contribution as an EBBC volunteer on businesses that like being green:
Check the article out on page 19. Here’s the full piece:
It’s Easy Being Green: Local Businesses GET ROLLING
By Laura McCamy
What do a grocery store, a law firm and a printer have in common? All three are local companies that understand the value bicycling brings to their green businesses.
Kirk Watkins, owner of Oakland’s Food Mill natural foods store, sees cyclists as natural customers for the fresh foods his store provides. “Our business is about the earth and so are bicycles. We go hand in hand.,” adding “I wish everybody was out there riding a bike.” The store opened its doors to cyclists even before bike lanes were added to MacArthur Boulevard in front of the store. Though there are now bike racks for parking out front, bicycle riders are still welcome to bring their vehicles into the store to have them safely stowed in back. Watkins appreciates the community sensibilities of customers who shop by bicycle. “It’s a bit of a slower pace. It’s just nice. They come in with a smile on their face.”