The owners of the Sprout House in Grosse Pointe Park have announced the decades-old family-owned neighborhood grocery store and prepared food market has been sold.
Since 2002, Blake and Marie Maconochie owned the market. The new owners, Lisa Brancato and Ann Delisi, are familiar faces in metro Detroit.
Both hail from WDET Radio. Brancato of Grosse Pointe Park recently resigned from WDET as the director of strategic partnership. She’s also had roles in event production, marketing, and fundraising for the Detroit Zoo, America’s Thanksgiving Parade, and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
Brancato, according to the news release, will now devote herself full time to the Sprout House.
Detroiter and business partner Delisi will continue with WDET as the host of Essential Music, co-host and producer of the Don Was Motor City Playlist and co-host of the Essential Cooking podcast with chef James Rigato of Mabel Gray in Hazel Park.
“Lisa and I are close friends and have joined forces on some exciting projects in the past, but this is our biggest collaboration yet, ” Delisi said in a news release. “We are two crazy Italians who love delicious food and can’t wait to share our love of healthy eating and great local products with the community.”
The Sprout House is known for its vegan and vegetarian menu of homemade soups and sandwiches made daily.
“Lisa and I value the time Blake and Marie spent training us to prepare customer favorites like the southwest avocado sandwich, Thai peanut soup and the Sprout House Cookie, an item that has been on the menu for over 30 years,” added Delisi. “Our goal is to make the Sprout House a real community gathering place. As we learn to perfect these longstanding Sprout House classics, we will also begin exploring new recipes and ideas.”
On the health food market side, there is fresh produce, bread, beverages, including fresh-pressed juices made to order, and vitamin supplements.
“We are looking forward to keeping the longstanding recipes that dedicated customers have come to love about the Sprout House,” Brancato said. “We are excited to explore relationships with local food entrepreneurs and farms to introduce new products into the store.”
Brancato and Delisi have plans to add new healthy products to the store’s lineup, the release said.
The Sprout House, 15233 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park, is open 10 a.m.-6 pm. Monday-Saturday; sprouthousenaturalmarket.com.
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