The Urban Store has been open since January and is the brainchild of Kathy Isaacson and co-owner Chuck Alex. The Nob Hill shop, on Silver, is deceptively ordinary. Issacson sports a T-shirt bearing the store’s working philosophy—“grow, eat, return.” How simple is that?
I was excited to see shelves full of organic, open-pollinated seeds—in bulk as well as pre-packed. There are many kinds of water catchment systems. The Urban Store barrels are made from food-grade virgin polyethylene and are UV protected. The new models of the Urban Garden—units complete with drip irrigation and two covers for year-round harvest—are also molded from the food-grade resin, and will last for 30 or more years compared to the 10 years of the wooden model.
And the next time you visit the Old Town Pizza Parlor, check out the ingredients on your favorite pie. The parlor was one of the first customers for the Urban Garden. Now the restaurant grows its own basil and other herbs for fresh-picked flavor. Nob Hill Bar and Grill will soon have two rooftop units to augment its menu, and Ecco Gelato keeps a unit going.
Ecology, economy and good food have never been more critical than now. Make the most of your resources with a visit to the Urban Store.