Sevananda is an independent, local, community-owned store that is operated as a cooperative run by and for our member-owners since 1974. What is for sale and how we do business is decided right here, not in a corporate boardroom. So we’re responsive to community needs in ways no corporate store can ever be. And we’re free to support local events, education and initiatives that promote good food, healthy living and community well-being. Become a co-op member, volunteer, or just take a class. It ís all part of making our world a little better place to live.
Welcome to Sevananda! Since 1974 Sevananda has been an independent, community-owned vegan/vegetarian grocery store. It is operated as a cooperative run by and for our owner-members. What we sell and how we do business is decided right here by our owner-members and Board of Directors. So we’re responsive to community needs in ways no corporate store can be. And we’re at liberty to support local events, organizations, education and initiatives that promote good food, healthy living and community well-being. Become a co-op owner-member, volunteer owner-member, take a class or shop – it’s all part of making our world a little better place to live.
We are really happy to be able to reach out to you via this site and especially through this page which is about our community. That’s a word you hear bandied about quite a bit. However, here in the heart of L5P (Little 5 Points) we have an amazing experiment-in-progress that has been going on since 1974. The idea behind the founding of this store (originally called The Egg and the Lotus) was to share expenses across a group of people for healthy food they all wanted to buy. And, we’re still doing the same thing. However, our scale and scope is quite a bit larger than it was in ’74, because now we have thousands of owner-members. This is our community, Little 5 Points, where we’ve been for over 40 years, making us one of the cornerstone places of business in the neighborhood, along with Charis Books, Variety Playhouse and B.O.N.D. Community Federal Credit Union.
Our community is also wherever YOU come from!! You may live in Douglasville or Lithonia or Fayetteville or Sandy Springs and you may even drive from Alabama or South Carolina to get here. You don’t have to live in Little 5 Points to be a part of Sevananda. Anyone walking in the door is a part of the Sevananda Family and welcome to shop, converse and socialize in the community that is Sevananda. People always comment on how Sevananda is like an old fashioned marketplace, where you can meet other like-minded and interesting people. It’s a vortex of health and wellness and makes people feel good to be here.
Sevananda’s name is a term from India’s ancient classical language Sanskrit and means: The Joy of Service. This is a really good, even great ideal to live up to. So many times, a life of service can be admired from afar by those who do not practice it. But here at Sevananda, you are actually taking part in serving your community every time you shop here. Your patronage helps fund our Be The Change program, which works with a dozen different non-profits annually. Every time you round-up your total to the next dollar (or more!) at the register those monies are given directly to the organizations. Even if your life does not allow for direct volunteering, your donation can help these groups serve many people in need. This exemplifies the real meaning of community: working together for a shared future and the greater good for all.
We also have over 50 local and regional businesses whose products we carry in the store. When you buy anything from the local vendors you are assisting these vendors. This is a big part of who we are as a community-oriented store. Concern for Community is Principle 7 in the co-op principles. This is just one of the ways in which we express that principle. That’s where Sevananda started out those many years ago. We have not travelled far from these ideas and ideals to get to where we are today, and we’re grateful that so many of you have chosen to travel this path with us.
We close with a quote from Dr. Maya Angelou, which tells us how to live and what the very idea of Sevananda’s community stands for, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”