Catching up with Bushwick’s package-free grocery store, Precycle

We first wrote about the shop when it was preparing to open. Now, it’s a thriving local business offering eco-friendly goods to an enthusiastic community. We revisited the store and founder Katerina Bogatireva to learn how things are going and what’s coming up.

Lyka Sethi
Apr 10, 2019 · 3 min read
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What has the Bushwick community’s response been to the store?

It’s been very warm and welcoming — it feels like a very tight knit community.

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What has been your favorite part of running the shop so far?

My interactions with people. Connecting and witnessing how people truly are willing to travel to shop responsibly.

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What’s your favorite product in the store?

Bulk tofu — it was difficult to source responsibly, but we did it!

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How has your vision for Precycle evolved since we last spoke?

I’ve learned a lot from the experience and our customers and coworkers. It’s been very inspiring and validating. I am working on bringing Precycle to more neighborhoods in NYC. I’m ready to push forward now more than ever.

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Anything else you’re looking forward to?

We’re excited about the Earth Day 2019 celebration in Union Square on April 23. Hope to see some familiar faces there!

PS: We’re partnering with Precycle to give away a $100 gift card to one lucky winner, so you can experience the shop’s bounty first-hand. Head to our Instagram to learn how to enter!

All photos by Marina Williams.

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