Total Health Foods held the grand opening of their new store in downtown Wyandotte on Fri. Nov. 20. There was a huge turnout for the ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne reception. Wyandotte mayor Joe Peterson was on hand to officiate and to cut the ribbon. Detroit’s Downriver community is a food desert for vegans and vegetarians, but thanks to the new store, being vegetarian just got a whole lot easier.
Owners Kathleen Gunther and Annette and Janette Crossman opened Total Health Foods in Southgate back in 2008. The business took off so quickly that they soon needed a larger space. Working with Mayor Peterson, the Wyandotte Business Association, and Wyandotte’s Downtown Development Authority, they moved to downtown Wyandotte, where they opened a really attractive store in 2010.
The original Wyandotte location featured lots of supplements and a small grocery section with mostly vegan and vegetarian foods. The business also began offering alternative healthcare by Alice Huang. Total Health Foods became an important part of Wyandotte’s downtown shopping district, and the caring staff became like a part of everyone’s family. Many clients greatly improved their health through learning about better nutrition from the staff and by taking classes offered at the store. It became obvious that the business was again outgrowing its location.
Total Health Foods now has a new home at 2948 Biddle Ave., just two doors down from the old location. The new store is much larger, and offers a greatly expanded grocery section, as well as a deli counter, and a produce section featuring top quality organic produce. They have lots of vegan holiday foods too, so the ingredients for making a completely plant-based holiday meal can be picked at one convenient location. It is at once chic, stylish, homey, cozy-yet-modern, and welcoming. Alice Huang’s Chinese Natural Therapies is attached to the store. “This is just what Wyandotte needed,” said Mayor Peterson.
A visit to this new location is a wonderful experience, not just because of the many healthy vegan and vegetarian foods and the caring, knowledgeable staff, but because of the beautiful and elegant atmosphere. The space is a lovely example of adaptive reuse. The owners went all-out on renovating the store front which was built in 1861. The original brick walls have been exposed and cleaned up, as well as some of the old plaster. They’ve also retained the antique tin ceiling. The décor incorporates wood salvaged from a 100 year old local barn. “We wanted to keep the old stuff,” said Annette, Janette, and Kathleen.
The reception was the place to be in metro Detroit. Despite the large crowd it was fun, and it didn’t get congested. There was live music, hors d’oevres, and vendors offering free samples of delicious and healthy vegan foods. Featured vendors included Laura Noble (Cousin Mary Jane), Peter Ross Johnston (Thokku), and Liz Lovely Cookies. Champagne was provided and served by Discount Drinks of Wyandotte.
For store hours and other information please visit Total Health Foods’ official website and like them on Facebook. Their phone number is 734-246-1208. Free parking is available on Biddle Ave., as well as behind the store in the municipal parking lot off of 1st Street, and across Biddle in the municipal parking lot on the Detroit River.