Too busy to stay healthy?

    There’s an app for that.
    Fresh Thyme has more than 600 SKUs from local vendors. Courtesy photo.

    Finding it hard to stay healthy on the go? A new app from Fresh Thyme could help change all that. Located conveniently at the corner of Burton and Breton, across from booming Breton Village, the grocery store– a purveyor of healthy choices–  has created an answer for busy, health conscious shoppers with back-to-school schedule changes on their minds.

    The store went through an overhaul last year, with a remodel and a revamp of its offerings. It now features more than 4,000 new items storewide, including local craft beer, wine and liquor products from Grand Rapids breweries and distilleries. In addition, a new sushi counter provides customers with scrumptious fresh sushi rolls to go.

    Now, I know what you’re thinking. 

    There are a lot of shopping services out there and what’s so special about the Fresh Thyme App? It will not only save you time, but money as you’ll be alerted to in-store promotions. For example, at press time, the app was offering 30% discount on all vitamins, body care and candles– including locally owned Maggie Ann brand soap.  

    Other local vendors and brands include Brewery Vivant, Eastern Kille, Love’s, Madcap, Mitten Brewing, Field & Fire, Ferris Coffee & Nuts, Revolution Farms, Rowsters, Schuil, Beer City Dog Biscuits, Mudpenny, Rise Authentic Baking Co., Cheese Kurls, The Cheese Lady, Ludington Bay Brewing Co., and many more.

    Another thing about using the app is that a knowledgeable grocery store staff member picking out your food,someone who’s going to choose the right avocados, melons, lean meats and fish.

    The app also offers different ways to shop. You can browse the featured departments: Produce, Meat & Seafood, Supplements, Personal Care, Grocery, Dairy & Eggs. Or you can click on “featured nutrition lifestyles,” which offers sections based on dietary restrictions, like Keto, USDA Organic, No Sugar Added, and Plant Based.

    Best of all there’s a section for recipes that shows photos and provides links to ingredients. You can choose the items you need or choose “add all” to your cart. Easy peasy. After adding the ingredients to your shopping cart, choose a time slot for pickup. There’s a place to add a note for your personal shopper. You can choose to either park in the specialized parking spaces or go inside to the Fresh Thyme Pickup counter.

    And did I mention its convenient location near Breton Village? Since you’re having someone else do the shopping, you may find yourself with a few extra moments to enjoy the sunny patio at Condado Tacos. Pro tip:  A skinny margarita at happy hour costs just $6.

    Editor’s note: Fresh Thyme has more than 600 SKU’s from Michigan suppliers, many of them right here in Grand Rapids. When shopping at Fresh Thyme, there’s a good chance you’ll be purchasing local products made and grown by local artisans, bakers and farmers.

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