We’re Ellwood Thompson’s, a small, locally owned, independent natural foods market located in the beautiful city of Richmond, Virginia.
Situated on the corner of Ellwood Ave. and Thompson St., Ellwood Thompson’s represents a tight-knit community of food lovers that all work for the same mission: To be the heart and soul of our community through a strong commitment to local and organic foods.
From our business model to the product we carry, this store is an extension of who we are and how we live. Our stewards and customers are constantly searching for the best local products, tending to their gardens, recycling, composting, advocating, volunteering, riding their bikes, sampling chocolates and spirits, playing in the river, washing veggies and well … having fun.
The commitment to our community includes the people and food that go in it and complete dedication to bringing you the best of what Virginia has to offer.
We’re not afraid to let our roots show. Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market has a long and interesting history in organic and natural foods in Richmond, Virginia. A history that we’re proud of and one worth sharing.
In the mid 1980′s, Eric Walters, an employee of Grace Place, Richmond’s first vegetarian restaurant, began selling supplements, vitamins and a very limited selection of specialty natural products from a small corner of the restaurant. By the end of the 1980s it was time to expand.
Rick Hood, a local architect, was in the process of renovating a neighborhood shopping center. Together Hood and Walters opened City Market, a small 3,000 square foot full-service community market located near Patterson and Libbie avenues, to serve Richmonders hungry for organic and natural products. The store also featured organic produce and a small takeout deli.
In 1993, City Market moved to a larger space in Carytown. Shortly after moving, the store was renamed based on the suggestion of an employee’s 12-year-old daughter, Anica. Although many believe Mr. Ellwood Thompson owns the store, it’s actually named after the streets that intersect where the store is located.
Later, Walters decided to pursue new interests and Hood became the sole owner of the market. Since then, Hood has become deeply committed to the market’s mission of our local food system, nurturing the community and environmental practices.
The market continued to grow after its move to Carytown. Stretching to provide more products to customers Ellwood Thompson’s grew to reach 20,000 square feet, and more than 120 stewards, through the latest expansion in the Spring of 2012. ET’s now includes a full-service meat and seafood department, in-house bakery, coffee & juice bar, and a 600 square foot Community Room.
To this day, we work hard to offer the best products and experience available – one with clean ingredients, friendly people, and a story worth sharing.