The Gem City Market, Dayton’s first cooperative grocery store, has announced it will open to the public at noon on Wednesday, May 12. Gem City Market, which is located at 324 Salem Ave., has about 8,000 square feet of retail space, and will also house a community space, a community kitchen and an area for a health clinic. The community and clinic spaces will host health screenings, after-school children’s programming, yoga sessions and other events, while the community kitchen will offer cooking classes and demonstrations and educational programming. The idea for the cooperative market was generated years ago by the community group Co-Op Dayton as a solution to battle against food deserts in west and northwest Dayton. About 19,000 residents live within a mile and a half of the Gem City Market, and the food co-op will greatly reduce their travel time to get groceries, market board members told the Dayton Daily News.
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