Oryana Natural Foods Market
260 E 10th St, Traverse City, MI 49684
Fax Number: (231) 947-2516
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Takes Reservations: No
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04/06/2012Provided by Citysearch -
This place is a full service grocery store (food co-op) and cafe and if you've ever been in a Whole Foods Market, this is comparable.
The cafe has the best organic coffee and scones/muffins ever. Barrista Mike made the most beautiful latte design I've ever seen.They also make awesome soups (my favorite is the ""unstuffed pepper"") Lots of choices for sandwiches and salads too (chipotle chicken avocado wrap to die for). They seem to have plenty of options for vegans and people who need gluten-free food.
The employees in the store are always friendly and helpful. The produce section in the store was impressive and they also have a huge selection of vitamins and body care stuff.
Picnic tables outside for open air dining and you can bring your pooch there.
The staff is fabulous, very helpful, and extremely knowledgable about area farming and the products that the co-op sells.
They give great discounts for carpooling, riding your bike, and bringing your own bags (reusing).
They offer a fabulous repeat shopper program that is very much worth looking into for anyone looking to make a change to eating food that is better for you and supports area agriculture.
The eat-in cafe offers some of the most fabulous food you can find around town. Service is quick and has always been very pleasant in my experience.
Very pricey... clearly, being green costs lots of green :0D
If "alternative lifestyles" repulse you, beware of staff members that seem to be encouraged to dress flamboyantly and embrace the "natural" lifestyle. Piercings, edgy dye jobs, moppish masses of dreadlocked hair, and patchouli oil are highly prevalent :0)
The selection is good but you still have to watch labels for processed food claiming to be natural but is loaded with nasties like high fructose, msg, etc. I would think they would be a little bit more choosey about some of the things that they line their shelves with.