Thursday, June 6, 2013

WXYZ updates the Whole Foods opening

The video I included in Whole Foods opens in Midtown Detroit was a preview.  Here's the video showing the actual opening.

Looks like it was a great time for all involved.

WXYZ didn't cover what Mayor Bing had to say, but WWJ did.
“I’ll tell you my heart is pumping. I feel like it’s the seventh game in the playoffs,” said Bing. “To see all these people out here; with the love, the with excitement, with the pride — it does so much for the city.”

“I’d have to say, without a doubt, it’s probably the best day … because the community is involved,” the mayor said.
In addition to all the dignitaries named in previous installments, the Whole Foods Market Detroit Facebook page posted photos of former Detroit Piston John Salley.  It turns out that Salley is one of the owners of Vegan Vine Wines, which is being sold at the Detroit Whole Foods, and he was giving out samples.  Here's Salley promoting himself and his brand of wine on YouTube.

John Salley Vegan Vine Video

The Vegan Vine Wines is pleased to announce a new partnership with former NBA champion, talk-show host and heath/wellness activist John Salley. Mr. Salley has taken an ownership position in the brand with the goal to educate the vegan and wine drinking community about animal products that are often used in the production of wines.


  1. i didn't look at the video- just saw the picture, so this observation may be based on total ignorance, but it appears that the shoppers at the new whole foods in detroit (as well as the cashiers) all look like shoppers in all whole foods stores everywhere- middle class-ish white folks. did they at least have any token non-whites in the news story??? mayor bing's heart must be pumping indeed. curiouser and curiouser...

    1. Play the video, Julie. There were lots of African-American shoppers shown in line and being interviewed. As for the two people you saw in the preview, they were employees, not customers. Speaking of which, the store manager and many of his employees are also African-American.