Best Green/Environmentally Friendly Business

Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market

Readers' Pick

4 N. Thompson St.

Second Place: BioRide

Third Place: Franklin Goose

Sure, sometimes you catch a whiff of sanctimony (like the "Low Emission Vehicles Preferred" signs on the primo parking spaces). But Carytown institution Ellwood Thompson's is serious about its mission: to bring locally grown, organic, natural foods to Richmond and promote environmentally friendly practices. Ellwood Thompson's offers the expected tofu chunks and bulk granola, but also some surprises: locally made gifts, such as candles and terrariums; natural cosmetics; gourmet cheese, wine and beer varieties; and baked goods. (Try the sticky bun. You won't even know it's vegan.) BioRide was founded by Chesterfield County natives Jeff and Joey Anderson to offer luxury transportation for executives in bio-fuel-powered Volkswagens and Mercedes-Benzes. And Franklin Goose helps Richmond's parents go green with cloth diapers, organic baby products and workshops.

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