The new Urban Acres store comprises just over a third of an acre on Beckley. That’s why every available space on the property, formerly a gas station and then offices, is used for farming.
Composting, chicken coops, rain barrels and gardens take up every square inch of green space. Urban Acres opened its first store in Oak Cliff in 2010, a 1,200-square-foot storefront on West Davis. Its new store, which opened a few months ago and hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday, is more than just a market. The 4,000-square-foot boutique grocery also sells kombucha by the growler, breakfast tacos, sandwiches, soups and a cinnamon roll so delicious I could swear my grandma was back there in the kitchen.
Everything they serve is made from organic, GMO-free ingredients, local when possible.
“We do not and will not ever cut a corner in this kitchen,” says owner Steven Bailey. “It’s food that you can trust putting in your kids’ mouths.”
Everything in the grocery has been curated carefully: Jeni’s ice cream, Thunderbird energy bars, pasture-raised chickens from Campbell, Texas, Caprino Royale cheeses from Waco, and of course, local organic produce.
The shop also sells a few items in bulk, such as organic flour and sugar. It is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Advocate photographer Jennifer Shertzer brought these pictures from the grand opening. Click one to view the slideshow.