Lea Rainey - Founder
Food lover, technology geek, nourishment innovator, runner, mother, wife, & fellow earthling.
Lea has spent the majority of her adult life in the corporate world managing global accounts for Hewlett-Packard and collaborating on projects with companies like Procter & Gamble. After a successful career and seeing her son off to college, Lea leaped. A life-long environmentalist and social activist, she always had a vision of of owning her own neighborhood market. Providing natural foods and products without the waste associated with modern day shopping. This isn’t a blind venture for Lea, in her journey she has mastered supply chain management and been exposed to the latest food system technology. Lea is a leader in zero waste living and an advocate for community education.
Zach Yunker - Co-owner
Hops enthusiest, dog father, food fan, bike rider, husband, & champion of the outdoors
Zach joins Roots Zero Waste Market with over 30 years of experience in the Restaurant and brewing industry. He has both led and advised the start-up and expansion of many local businesses and brings with him the operations experience to manage a lean start-up like Roots. He too is passionate about the environment and food systems and is particularly adept at waste management within the restaurant food system. His years as an outdoor enthusiast across the Northwest drives his excitement to combine taking care of the earth and enjoying all that it has to offer via fresh foods.
ROOTS Zero Waste Market
We sell organic, non-GMO bulk foods, household/beauty goods and through the café, create fresh foods for dine in or take-away from the same products in the store. Self-service tare stations simplify the bulk shopping experience and allow customers to bring in their own containers for re-use or to purchase new and simply weigh, fill and pay for bulk goods.
Shopping without plastic should be as effortless as picking up and apple and taking a bite. We are a new kind of Grocery. We believe in our duty to show the way. To take responsibility for our own waste as a business AND to provide consumers with the support they need to reduce and manage their personal waste. By providing quality plastic -free alternatives and whole foods for you and your home, we hope to help us all live a lighter and healthier life on our planet.
Self-Funded with 401K Seed Money from the Owners and a few special Angels
Currently seeking 2nd – Round Investors to complete Market remodel
Projected 2% capture of the local market within 1st year
May 2018- October 2018
-Incorporated as an LLC
-Began social media campaign
-Featured on NPR/ Boise State Public Radio Idaho Matters (Live)
-Boise Weekly Roots Market Interview
-Invited Expo Vendor - BGP 2018 Sustainability Summit for Idaho Educators
-Planted Roots in Garden City, ID
-Commenced community fundraising effort for small donations of $10
-Grew social media with local and organic efforts
-Community engagement and education
-Food-Track Keynote Speech and Fireside presentation - Boise Startup Week 2018