January 27, 2015
Alice Leavitt covered the opening of this natural market in this Seven Days article. (Follow her on Twitter)
In 1993, Michael Hughes opened Commodities Natural Market in New York's East Village, the sequel to a Tribeca store his parents had once owned. More than 20 years later, he and wife Audra Hughes are opening their second store late this week. While it bears the same name as the Manhattan store, which the couple still owns, the new CNM is located at the city's attitudinal opposite — Stowe's Mountain Road.
"We have always loved Stowe. We decided it was ultimately where we would raise our family," Audra Hughes explains. It took 12 years of dreaming and eight years of searching for a space for their market before the family sold their house in New Jersey last spring and relocated to Vermont. Before long, the site they sought materialized at 512 Mountain Road, formerly Oxygen Yoga & Pilates.
While the market specializes in organic and local products, Audra emphasizes that doesn't mean "unnecessarily expensive" fare. "We're not taking that big a markup," she says. "As a resident, [I find that] organic food in general is so expensive up here."
Read the complete article in Seven Days
Commodities Natural Market
512 Mountain Rd., Stowe Stowe/Smuggs Area