A love of supporting local businesses for husband and wife duo Wilma and Brian Cheshier went from being a casual hobby to a full-blown business venture in the shape of the grocery store, Lakeside Urban Grocery.

The Flower Mound store was founded in August 2020 by the couple, who have lived close by in Lakeside/Flower Mound for the past 21 years and were frustrated that there were no convenient grocery stores for the surrounding residents. They leased the space at 2500 Lakeside Parkway, Ste. 100, and Lakeside Urban Grocery became a reality.

Lakeside Urban Grocery is now set to celebrate two years from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. Different groups of their great specialty vendors will be on-site throughout the day. Wilma said she has already had vendors clamoring for the spots and are eager to have our customers sample all their great products.

Some participating vendors include Evil Cowboy, And I Like It Cheesecakes, Siren Rock Brewery, May's Eats, TLC Vegan Kitchen, Manhattan Project Brewery, Reddy Vineyards Winery and Willamette Valley Winery, Suck It Pickles and Jerkies to mention just a few, The vendors will be giving samples out and some have also given donations for the gift baskets raffles. They will have plenty of free swag during the event with stuff for the kids also.

The grocery store carries essentials such as milk, bread, eggs, produce and paper goods along with a variety of the small local brands that can be found at farmers markets. The most important thing to the Cheshier’s is supporting small businesses that they love, which means selling specialty items from Texas Brisket Biscuits, Tru Eats, Casa M, Evil Cowboy, Texas Triangle Grove, Belle’s Popcorn and many more great products.

Plus, shoppers can find beer from several local craft breweries across the DFW metroplex at the store, including Hop & Sting, Manhattan Project, Siren Rock and many more options that can be enjoyed on the great patio by the pint or growler. Additionally, Lakeside has a large wine selection from all over the globe, which can also be sipped outside on the patio.

The couple also tries to keep the business very family oriented, with two of their grandchildren working in the store. Grandchildren are also serving as taste testers for new products.

“They’re guinea pigs for new items. So it's really great because they are brutally honest,” Wilma said.

Wilma attributes the store’s success to the loyal customers, especially since they opened up in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I'm just grateful that everyone is so supportive of us. They just love coming over to the store,” she said.

For more information on the store's hours and exact location, customers can visit https://lakesideurbangrocery.com.

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