Scoop Marketplace is a zero waste grocery store where customers bring in reusable containers to fill with their desired quantity of our package free food, home goods and personal care products, thereby eliminating the need for disposable packaging, and significantly reducing our environmental impact.
After starting out with some pop-up shops during the holiday season of 2018, we opened our first brick and mortar shop in the Central District of Seattle, WA on Earth Day 2019.
Scoop was enthusiastically welcomed by the community and our business quickly grew beyond the walls of our tiny retail space.
We are thrilled to announce that we have moved into a much larger shop space at Juanita Village in Kirkland, WA. With four times the space of our first shop, we now have the opportunity to build the full service, package-free grocery store we have been dreaming of!
This adorable shopping center, right next to Lake Washington, is exactly the kind of community we have wanted to be part of. They have restaurants, yoga studios, coffee shops, and it is within walking distance of Juanita Beach park where they host a farmers market and other events throughout the year.
They even have lots of free, convenient parking, and it is easily accessible from the freeway and by public transportation! You can visit the shop now (with our temporary set-up) and we cannot wait to celebrate our grand opening this spring!
Our plan for the new store includes some amazing products, things we know you have been waiting for like fresh produce, bulk maple syrup, house-made nut milks, and so much more! Here is the part where we need your help. We want to get our kitchen built as quickly as possible so that we can get back to what we do best - scooping bulk foods! In order do that, we need everyone in the community to chip in. With your help, we know that we can get this store built in no time!
Building out our kitchen and getting this new shop to full-service, package-free grocery store status, will allow us to have a significant impact in our community. We have big plans this year to launch a food equity program, support other local small businesses and farmers, and continue to offer amazing education programs that will allow our impact to reach around the globe. Getting past this one hurdle of funding our build-out will open so many doors for us and we thank you for taking action to help build the world you want to live in.
I know you've seen our trash problem - how could you miss it? Have you stopped to reflect on how much worse the litter and plastic pollution situation has become over just the last 5 years? It is staggering, and getting worse.
We are dumping the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute. Researchers have estimated that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. That plastic is already breaking apart into tiny pieces that are sneaking into our food and water, and plastic chemicals such as BPA have been found in the air all across the globe.
A significant amount of our plastic problem can be attributed to disposable food packaging. Single-use plastics require many resources to create, but are designed to be used only once before being thrown away. These plastics that have served very little purpose and been used for only a moment, will last forever on our planet.
2020 brought about many new challenges, making it even more difficult to normalize reusable products. If you've seen the disposable masks, sanitizing wipes, take-out containers and silicone gloves littering grocery store parking lots recently, then you know what I'm talking about.
Many of us are also concerned that the health situation we are currently working through is evident of a deeper problem, most likely caused by the careless nature with which we have used and abused our planet for so many years. We're waking up to the harsh realities of our climate crisis, and we're looking for ways to build a sustainable future for everyone.
Scoop Marketplace was created as a response to the devastating impact that our disposable culture of convenience has had on our environment.
What if we found a way to purchase the food and home goods that we need without all of that disposable packaging? We will save ourselves money (let's face it, packaging isn't free), time (nobody likes taking out the garbage), and we will also avoid the many harmful chemicals that are used to create plastic food packaging and can easily leach into our food.
Selling goods by weight in reusable containers eliminates the need for disposable packaging and significantly reduces our environmental impact.
By minimizing the trash that we bring into our lives, we will take a huge step towards creating a cleaner, healthier planet, and ensure a better future for ourselves, and the creatures we share it with.
Goods have been traded free from disposable packaging for many years, and we are determined to find a way to offer this service while meeting the demands of our modern culture. By reviving the shopping methods of generations past, we are giving ourselves a healthier hereafter.
Scoop Marketplace is the future of food, the way it used to be.
Scoop Marketplace is not just a grocery store - it's a community. With our focus on sustainability and reducing our environmental impact, we prioritize customer convenience by offering an efficient shopping experience with a large variety of package-free groceries in one easily accessible location.
We bring our customers peace of mind by thoroughly researching our products and carefully selecting only those that are most sustainable and of the highest quality. We value evolution and always have room to grow and learn new things. Everything we do is an experiment and we are constantly seeking to improve our operations and exceed expectations.
Scoop Marketplace strives to be a beneficial presence in the community where people can come together to learn, share food and ideas, and bond over similarities in values, lifestyles and food preferences. You can view our sustainability report here.
We are on a mission to normalize zero waste shopping by teaching people how to improve the quality of their lives as they learn to walk more gently on the planet.
There is a rapidly growing zero waste community in the greater Seattle area, and with that there is a high demand for a shop that allows people to purchase all of their package-free groceries in one location. They are looking for local, organic, clean, ethically sourced products, and they want to support small businesses with a low carbon footprint.
Our products encourage sustainable living, our sourcing supports ethical businesses with an emphasis on small, local and minority owned, and we have the opportunity to work with businesses and consumers to normalize the use of reusable, refillable containers.
As part of our commitment to innovation, we have introduced Scoop Intelligence, a digital business that provides e-learning opportunities for people who want to learn how to open a zero waste store like Scoop Marketplace in their own communities. We prioritize collaboration over competition and believe it is our responsibility and privilege to share our experience and resources with other ecopreneurs in order to help accelerate the growth of the sustainability movement and exponentially expand our impact.
Additionally, we are always looking for new ways to improve our customer experience. In response to the events of 2020, we launched an online shop with pick-up, delivery, & carbon neutral shipping services to allow our customers to purchase their package-free groceries in a safe and convenient manner. We have big plans of different ways to improve the accessibility of our groceries over time and are always searching for new ways to provide an exceptional shopping experience for our community.
Scoop founder & owner, Stephanie grew up in the Seattle area and enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She has always chosen to follow her passion, and for many years that meant working with kids, teaching baking/cooking classes, catering for friends' parties, becoming a certified dance fitness instructor, and dabbling in performing arts.
After becoming a mom, Stephanie took a particular interest in how her family's daily habits were impacting the planet, and after a bit of research, she realized it was time to make some drastic lifestyle changes.
Stephanie created Scoop Marketplace out of a need for a grocery store that aligned with her family values. She is thankful to have an opportunity to bring her passion and skill together by teaching people how to live more sustainably and take intentional action to build the world they want to live in.
We are seeking $350,000 in start-up funds to build-out our new space with a commercial kitchen, streamline our systems with a new scale system, install equipment including refrigerators and a dishwasher, and purchase new inventory including fresh produce, biodynamic wine, and specialty items from local makers and farmers.
There are two easy ways that you can help:
1) By spreading the word and creating awareness.
2) By purchasing rewards from this campaign.
Your contributions will support us as we build the full service, package-free grocery store that we have been dreaming of bringing to this community.
We have determined that we need to raise approximately $350,000 to complete this project. We are pursuing small business loans, grants, and any other opportunities that happen to come our way, and we would be so honored if you would consider making a financial contribution!
Here is how that money will be spent:
Phase #1: $20,000 Design & Permitting process to make sure that everything meets health code standards and that we can move through the permit applications as efficiently as possible.
Phase #2: $65,000 For all necessary kitchen equipment so that we can carry amazing products like package-free tortillas, nut milk in returnable bottles, kombucha on tap, and frozen cookie dough balls. Equipment Purchases include refrigerators, nut butter grinders, mixers/blenders, a deli case, and so much more!
Phase #3: $240,000 Casework & Lighting equipment purchases and construction including General Contractor fees.
Phase #4: $25,000 and all additional funds will go towards signage, a streamlined scale system, new inventory, and covering our operational costs during the transitional period. Our sales have dropped significantly during this time.
A Thank You From Scoop Marketplace Founder, Stephanie
My name is Stephanie Lentz, and I am the founder and owner of Scoop Marketplace. My husband and I have two small children, and Scoop Marketplace is my way of creating a better world for them.
I am proud to be a female business owner, and to have the opportunity to show my children that we are capable of doing hard things, and we can change our world for the better.
Having spent all of my life in the Seattle area, I am especially committed to preserving the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
I believe in a better tomorrow and I know that this climate crisis isn't the end of our story. I look forward to watching the Scoop community grow as we learn from and inspire one another in this shift toward sustainability.
Thank you for being part of the movement towards a sustainable future for all! I sincerely appreciate every contribution and the effort you are making to share our message and mission with everyone around you. Thank you for being part of the Scoop community. I cannot wait to welcome you into the brand new Scoop Marketplace!
All my best,