Vegan Health Food Store Opens in Houston’s Historic Fifth Ward
Sunshine’s Health Food Store & Vegetarian Deli serving the Houston community for over 30 years, will open its second location in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward on Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 am. The new site at 1202 Lockwood, Houston, TX 77020 is in the heart of the Fifth Ward community, surrounded by historic homes and contemporary single-family dwellings.
Opened in 1983 by Vergis Bourgeois, better known as “Sunshine,” Sunshine’s was one of the first health food stores serving raw and cooked vegetarian dishes in Houston. Sunshine’s family-owned establishment has served the Third Ward community for over three decades, run by Vergis “Sunshine” Bourgeois and his daughter, Arga, a committed vegetarian herself. The new location in Fifth Ward will continue the tradition of providing healthy, vegetarian food options. The new site will offer Sunshine’s an all-inclusive one-stop shop for vegan wellness, education, and healthy food options. Known for its delicious vegetarian food, refreshing raw salads, and fresh fruit juices, the Fifth Ward location will be a place where the community can gather for live music and entertainment.
“I never imagined, over 30 years ago, cooking food on a small George Foreman grill would lead to our family owning and operating not one but two locations in Houston. We are so excited, and we want the entire community to come and celebrate with us,” says Sunshine’s co-owner Arga Bourgeois.
Arga Bourgeois and her father started the business because there was a need in the black community for healthy food options. The new location is in an area with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, also known as a food desert. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food deserts are “areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet.” The keyword in that definition is access, which can be impaired or limited by several factors, such as income, location, time, and the ability to travel to a store. Sunshine’s, sourcing from local Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) farmers and growers, will offer cooked meals and have a small market to purchase items such as fruits, vegetables, and spices.
“Sunshine’s stocks dietary supplements, all-natural detox products, healthy vegetarian grocery items, and educational books. We are truly a one-stop-shop for your vegan needs. We strive to encourage a healthy, sustainable lifestyle!”-says Arga Bourgeois
The grand opening and ribbon cutting are open to the entire community, and Sunshine’s will have specials and offerings from their full menu. Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 am, 1202 Lockwood, Houston, TX 77020.
Follow Sunshine’s on social media @sunshinesvegan, and for more information, visit the website at www.sunshineshtx.com