Healthy minds think alike at the Green Room Café in Downtown Cocoa Beach. Opened in July 2009, the restaurant is the one-of-a-kind vision of Deborah Wright, an Orlando native and the mother of two. Like many eco-minded people, Deborah entered the organic lifestyle one step at a time, switching out cleaning products and foods, then adding energy-efficient methods to her home. Teaming up with some fellow eco-inspired entrepreneurs, she then opened a restaurant that followed these same practices. The Green Room Café offers natural and organic sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and desserts, as well as smoothies like the Sambazon Acai, served in a handmade bowl and layered with fresh ingredients like banana, strawberries, mango and honey. Aside from the food, the 32-seat restaurant sticks to the “green” mindset by offering recycled take-out boxes and silverware, decomposable water bottles and a décor filled with repurposed furniture and local artwork. “The only way to keep the concept going is with a like-minded staff,” Deborah says. “We’re innovative, creative and are constantly thinking outside the box.”
There’s no better way to ensure your foods are organic and fresh than to go straight to the source – the concept behind Melbourne’s Funky Chicken Farm. In 2006, Suzanne Richmond and Andrew Malone turned their small-time farming hobby into a full-blown venture, offering live poultry, organic eggs and sustainable grow boxes to Brevard and beyond. Primarily, the couple raises free-range, day-old chicks and other poultry, which, in turn produce natural, farm-fresh eggs. Rather than caged, the hens roam the ground and eat fresh grass and seeds, so their eggs are creamier and higher in folic and fatty acids, Suzanne says. The 10-acre farm is also home to goats, rabbits, pigs, composting worms and honeybees, which each contribute to the farm’s sustainability. “Every animal has a job,” says Suzanne, who often provides interactive tours of the farm. Organic grow boxes are another of her passions, which can feature several species of vegetables and flowers in one portable container. Suzanne hosts regular gardening workshops on the subject and also sells heirloom seeds and honey-based soaps.
Setting foot inside One Love Salon in Downtown Melbourne is like entering a world of individuality, nature and relaxation. Zebra-print chairs and simplistic chandeliers offset brightly painted walls, while a color-mixing bar doubles as an organic tea station for customers. The salon, which offers natural and organic hair products, was opened in 2008 by mother-and-son duo Samantha and Will Wiehl, who envisioned a way for customers to experience lavish services in their simplest form. “We wanted to invest in something we knew was going to last,” Will says. “We’re a place where people can feel safe to experiment with their own natural style.” But organic hair care isn’t their only claim. Its staff uses an all-green line of cleaning products, decorates with repurposed furniture and recycles old shampoo bottles. The salon, which was formerly housed in a 1950s Victorian-style home down the street, switched locations in 2009 to a laid-back loft above Island Pasta Company. The business is as inviting as it is active, attracting customers with its peaceful atmosphere and regularly open windows, overlooking busy downtown. “They see the results, and so do we,” says Will. “We’re all about sustainable beauty.” o start a life together, the couple wanted to create a venue that offered the best quality products in the freshest environment. Since 2003, Jungle Organic Restaurant & Market in Indialantic has operated with more than 200 vendors, many of them local. Amidst its jungle-themed dining area, the restaurant offers wild-caught seafood, burgers, homemade soups and pizza. Every ingredient served – from the cream cheese in the Smoked Salmon Crostini to the basil pesto mayo on the Balsamic Eggplant Sandwich – is organic. “Everything we serve in our restaurant is also available in our market,” says Dustin, who serves as chef alongside his fiancé, Lea. “We like to think of ourselves as a fun, healthy option for the new generation.” Products, ranging from organic fresh-roasted coffee, wine and produce to dairy, bread and meats, grace the shelves of the market. There is also a vast selection of organic pet products, vitamins and health and beauty items. “We’ve lowered our margin and are constantly adding new items to ensure affordability for our customers,” Dustin says.