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What’s Up With Boxcar

What’s Up With Boxcar

We keep getting asked, what is going on with Boxcar Grocer? And the honest, straight-up answer is, it’s on pause.

The store in..

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New Urbanism + Food

New Urbanism + Food

Over the last ten years, the American population has been fed a version of new urbanism that re-imagines suburban sprawl replaced by..

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What It Takes To Fly

What It Takes To Fly

Last Monday, we hosted a party at the store. A lot of people saw it as a closing party, we saw it as a coming of age party. Either way,..
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A Word or Two About Money

“The quality of freedom is remarkable; if freedom exists at all, nothing can limit it.” M.

We don’t speak enough about money. People..

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What Can You Do To Help?

What Can You Do To Help?

Imagine if someone told you to make an iPhone out of a rotary dial phone. Or better yet, imagine if someone expected you to make a Kindle..

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On Food and Freedom

On Food and Freedom

“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.” -Standing Bear

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”..

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What Do We Do All Day?

What Do We Do All Day?

I wish we had the luxury of just running a store. Being able to focus on our business that exists inside four walls on a street near..

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Freedom Matters

Freedom Matters

Freedom is a recurring theme in this city. It rings from monuments and street names and encourages travel from near and far. It was heard..

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The Food Landscape

The Food Landscape

‘When children learn to count they naturally add and multiply. Subtraction and division are harder to teach them, perhaps because..

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Advisory Alert

Advisory Alert

With little remorse I admit, I am not a fan of winter. Humidity and heat are my friends. When the mercury reaches the triple digits I hit..

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Mandela: A Force for Change

Mandela: A Force for Change

Change is a concept that both fascinates us and terrifies us. We resist it within our own lives with a force and tenacity that keeps us..

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Reflections

Reflections

Every so often there comes a time to reflect: to re-establish purpose, to correct course, so to speak. As we approach our second year..

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Beyond Reason

Beyond Reason

When was the last time anger or fear provided anything uplifting or useful for a community?

Some say the walls of institutionalized..

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Trading Places

Trading Places

Have you noticed the extreme changes we’ve made over the last two weeks: smaller store, consolidated selling area, more intimate..

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Welcome to the Kollective!

Welcome to the Kollective!

The Boxcar Grocer will be undergoing some serious changes over the next week and a half. We will be closed throughout the entire July 4th..

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Only Good Lay Before You

Only Good Lay Before You

The detox taught me to be much more mindful about my body as a system. And although I’ve had the training before, there is something about detoxification that can reset your entire life. In the end I dropped about about 5 pounds, toned my muscles, and my skin looked radiant. My mind felt clear, I was able to do my job better and communicate more effectively with the people around me.

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Who Needs a Loser to Win?

Who Needs a Loser to Win?

When we were little our parents encouraged us to read by giving us money for each book we completed. Fiction earned us $1.00 per book...

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Boxcar Goes Tech

Boxcar Goes Tech

After five fast-paced days in Austin, Texas spending time with some of the most innovative people in business, I’ve returned to Atlanta..

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An Honest Look at Health

An Honest Look at Health

Our parents were very open with us. Although we were taught respect and when to stay out of grown folks’ business, at our own dinner..

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Grow Our Children, Donate Time

Grow Our Children, Donate Time

As a commercial landowner we are ambivalent about the effectiveness of the property taxes we pay each year to Fulton County and City of..

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Gettin Dignified!

Gettin Dignified!

Within this culture, I hear people talking about dying with dignity. I seldom hear people passionately talk about living with dignity...

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Health Begins at Home

Health Begins at Home

One of the greatest gifts our mom and dad gave us was a useful model for health. It wasn’t through pointing a finger in our face and..

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Calm in the Community

Calm in the Community

We are ushering in a new era. One that is more about balance and harmony. We are moving beyond the old way of doing things. We are each..

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Our Future in Food

Our Future in Food

In the coming weeks you will notice a lot of changes around here. We have been taking stock, making sense of all the we have learned over..

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Equilibration

Equilibration

What can we say? It’s been almost a year since we had our soft opening and Boxcar is still chugging along. It’s an amazing place to be...

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Why Mobile is Not Enough

Why Mobile is Not Enough

A couple weeks ago I dropped my cell phone. This is a common occurrence that happens daily rendering what was once a very useful,..

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We Are All in This Boat

We Are All in This Boat

I rowed novice crew my first year in college. Before I arrived at the intro session, I had never even seen a rowing shell up close. Prior..

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Our Year

Our Year

A year ago our store did not exist.

One year ago we were just two siblings with an idea, lots of creativity, a passion to see change in..

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Hot Mess to Hot-ness!

Hot Mess to Hot-ness!

It is not often that a day goes by when someone asks us what the space here at 249 Peters Street looked like before we moved in. The..

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Healthy Food Project

Healthy Food Project

Lots of minds are busy at work trying to find solutions to food access across the US. It’s always interesting to see what students are..

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Bikes and the City

Bikes and the City

I just got back from a very fun weekend in New York City. My 15-year college reunion took place over the course of three days at Barnard..

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Might be a Circus But…

Might be a Circus But…

What we are doing is not magic. It might seem like it sometimes, but it is only in relation to the lack of faith and commitment that many..

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Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole

Ten years ago if you had told me that I would be minding my own corner store, I would have laughed. If anything, perhaps I could have..

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The Soulful Self

The Soulful Self

So it turns out that starting your own business sucks up a lot of your social life, family life, and any other type of life you might..

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Barriers to Entry

Barriers to Entry

Getting food into neighborhoods is a tricky affair. Multiple reasons exist that prevent small grocers from opening up and from succeeding..

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