Community Planning & Economic Development
Business Spotlight: Local D’Lish
In 2006, while living in her husband Yulin’s hometown of Wuhan, China, Ann Yin visited the local farmers’ market every day. She found it refreshing to know exactly who and where her food came from. Shopping at the market, Ann felt a strong connection with her food and the farmers - something she missed upon returning to the States.
Ann began thinking of ways to strengthen the connection with her food back in the U.S. In 2008, after receiving funding from the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), Ann opened Local D’Lish, a “farmers market” in retail format. The store has become a platform for the local food movement, helping plant seeds for Minnesota brands such as Lucille’s Kitchen Garden and Bliss Granola. In 2013 MCCD partnered with the City of Minneapolis to provide additional financing which enabled Local D’Lish to expand its deli operations and enhance their cooking classes. The City provided financing through its Two-Percent and Homegrown Business Development Center loan programs. Local D’Lish is now a North Loop staple, filling the need for a specialty grocery store for residents, workers and local food enthusiasts. In addition to food, Local D’Lish sells kitchenware and offers cooking classes that focus on local food products in a casual format. The store also hosts a weekly “Farmer-in-the-Market,” which takes place each Wednesday and features produce from the McKinley Urban Farm in North Minneapolis.Ann says that her greatest achievement is helping bring awareness to the local food scene in Minneapolis and is proud that her store is able to help small food brands gain a stronger foothold. Currently, Local D’Lish is selling products from Minnesota brands including Minnesota Nice Spice, Sally’s Simple Syrups, Blue Henn Tonic Syrup, Superior Switchel, and Nordic Cinnamon Sprinkle.
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Last updated Aug 24, 2015