Meet James Lucas – our newest eco-system partner, and local proprietor of Grape Cat, providing vegan and eco-friendly clothing and accessories. Or, as James states, “Grape Cat is the largest online retailer of top quality earth and animal friendly products for the conscientious consumer. At Grape Cat we do the research that saves our customers time and money.”
Meet James and Purchase Grape Cat products in the Market...
- Saturday, June 18 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Members always save 10% on all Grape Cat products.
In business for three years using home office space in Pipersville to stock his inventory, James not only sells products online but also at a variety of shows, including the Veg Fest, which takes places in a number of cities throughout the region and the country. For those interested, the closest upcoming Veg Fest is in Bethlehem on August 20.
When asked how he got into the business, James answered: “I was having problems finding vegan clothing and accessories. There were only three main companies selling products so I decided to open my own.” And what sets Grape Cat apart is their sole focus on clothing and accessories, as compared with the other companies that focus more on vegan food products. Also, James added, “I had run my own t-shirt company before so this business was a natural.” James is also a graphic designer and has a MBA in Marketing.
Grape Cat customers, whether vegan or not, like and appreciate the products. James commented, “I get repeat business. Customers will often start with purchasing a t-shirt and will want a purse or wallet to go with it. We also have customers wanting to express veganism to the outside world.”
James is inspired by the transformation he sees happening around him. He is happy to do his part with reducing cruelty to animals and the impact on the environment through people buying vegan clothing and accessories. “I educate while selling. A lot of customers are newly vegan and are making the transformation from leather to vegan goods. I also talk to vegetarians about switching over to a vegan lifestyle and how easy it is to do.”
Future plans? “I’m adding additional products all the time. I’m also learning how to better market the company. I want to grow the company and am looking at ways to promote and run it.” James continues, “My vision for the business is to be the largest vegan and eco-friendly retail store. I want to have a physical retail store by the end of next year that will make it easier for people to find products they want to test out.”
Lucky for those who shop at the Doylestown Food Market, you will have an opportunity to meet James, view and purchase his products at the store on Saturday, June 18, from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Included will be Father’s Day gift items. A portion of all sales will be donated to the co-op. Also, co-op members receive 10% product discount when shopping online by using the coupon code “DFM” when ordering.
To note: James also founded the Bucks County Vegan Suppers Club with a membership over 450 and growing. Find out more information about the supper club here: www.meetup.com/Bucks-County-Vegan-Supper-Club.