“An idea for a business to provide for our family financially has become a way to teach our family the importance of a community.”
1830 N. Sepulveda Blvd. in Manhattan Beach | 310-545-2904 | growtps.com
A simple, kids’ fruit stand paved the way for a family business for Barry and Kathy Fisher. They started GROW, a neighborhood market, in 2006 because they saw a need for quality produce after the success of their children’s fruit stand in front of their Manhattan Beach home. GROW offers the freshest produce, highest cuts of meat and fish, savory wines, gourmet cheeses, fresh bread and select groceries. In addition to their Manhattan Beach location, they also supply home delivery in Hermosa, Redondo, El Segundo and Manhattan. Kathy manages the day-to-day operations of GROW. She is a busy mother who wants the best food for her family: local and not processed. With more than 18 years experience exporting the best produce California has to offer, Barry now brings that produce to the South Bay. The couple’s children help out in the store occasionally as well.
What would you like potential clients to know about you?
“GROW is a locally owned, full-service market, supplying the highest quality product. Although a small shop, our prices are competitive while our quality exceeds the general market.”
How does sharing common values with your family give you a competitive edge for your business?
“We will not sell something that we would not feed to our children (except wine).”
What’s most rewarding about your work?
“Community. We have had the opportunity to meet some extraordinary people and form wonderful relationships. Often people say, `You are an important part of our community; thank you for being here.’”
How do you give back to your community?
“We give back in many ways. Our main focus is local schools. We support education foundations, fun runs, silent auctions, garden programs, sports teams, Growing Great and Harvest of the Month. In addition, we donate to Sandpipers, Neptunian, Rotary, AMS, CTJ, Jimmy Miller Foundation and other local organizations. Besides financial and product donation, we also give our time. Kathy hosts field trips, educating local students on the process of farm-to-fork. Her goal is to excite children to eat healthy with fun facts about fruits and vegetables. Barry meets with Mommy and Me classes in the South Bay to educate families on eating healthy.”
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