The greater Atlanta, Georgia area will welcome a pair of innovative entrepreneurs this weekend. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that Jamie Michael Hemmings and Jilea Hemmings opened the first Black-owned grocery store in Fayetteville, Georgia on Friday. Open all day, every day, the Nourish + Bloom Market will offer a “fresh, prepared foods menu with the finest ingredients.” Adding on, Nourish + Bloom’s “frictionless shopping” method will allow customers to come in, grab what they need and pay for it without waiting in line.
“The owners, Jamie Michael Hemmings and Jilea Hemmings began their journey into the food industry after their oldest son was diagnosed with Autism. They believe that everyone deserves access to healthy food options. Getting access to healthier options is made easier through their fully autonomous shopping experience and robotic delivery,” a press release from the store’s owners reads.
“Nourish + Bloom is re-envisioning the traditional corner store by focusing on the personal connections of the neighborhood retailer while infusing sustainability, and autonomous checkout technology. Food and personal care items are curated with the highest standards in mind. Highest priority is given to local brands to reduce our carbon footprint.”
To celebrate the store’s opening, the Hemmings will host a block party near the store and provide a platform for the store’s vendors to connect directly with customers. Check out video from the grand opening ceremony below.