March 26, 2019 – The long-awaited New Leaf Community Market in Aptos is set to open on May 1 and the company has named Justin Reyes as store manager. This will be the fifth market in the New Leaf group, which was started in Santa Cruz and acquired by Portland-based New Seasons Markets in 2013.
“The market will include a deli featuring made-to-order pizza, ramen and wok bars, and a large outdoor greenspace,” says Reyes. “I hope our store will become the place where people come to meet up with friends and enjoy our good food and good vibes.”
Two neighboring businesses in the new Aptos Village Development—Cat & Cloud Coffee and The Sock Shop—are expected to open around the same date.
The design of the new 17,000 square foot New Leaf Market is based on the architectural character of the old Hihn Apple Barn, built in 1881, according to a news release from New Leaf.
There will be indoor and outdoor seating, tasting events, bike parking and plenty of fresh organic food, from local growers such as Pinnacle Organic Farm in San Juan Bautista and P&K Farms in northern Monterey County.
In addition to a full-service meat and seafood department and grocery staples, the new store will include an organic coffee bar featuring Pachamama Coffee, an organic juice and smoothie bar, and soft serve ice cream.
Like all New Leaf Markets, 10 percent of after-tax profits will be donated to local non-profit organizations. In addition, the market’s envirotoken program for shoppers who bring re-usable bags accrues donations for six non-profits. The following groups were selected as beneficiaries for the Aptos store for the first six months: Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Ecology Action, California Ocean Alliance, Second Harvest Food Bank and Grey Bears.
Cat & Cloud Coffee and The Sock Shop are expected to open more or less at the same time as New Leaf, according to leasing agent Joe Appenrodt. Penny Ice Creamery and a new Mediterranean restaurant by star chef David Kinch called Mentone are expected to open in the summer. (See the spring issue of EMB for more on Mentone here.)
There are still two retail spots left to lease in the development, one for a shop and the other for a restaurant, and Appenrodt says he hopes to be able to announce the new tenants in the next few weeks.