People to Watch Class of 2014
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New Orleans City Lead, Good Eggs
When it comes to buying things, it’s always a good idea to avoid the middleman.
Good Eggs New Orleans allows you to do this with groceries – buy farm-fresh produce and food items directly from more than 100 farmers and food makers online and have it delivered (for free) directly to your doorstep.
The idea for Good Eggs started in San Francisco. The company chose Tess Monaghan to open the New Orleans food hub just over a year ago.
She says bringing the concept from the “all-organic, tech-savvy bubble of the Bay Area,” to New Orleans was a bit daunting.
“I feel my greatest accomplishment – which is one that deserves to be shared with the entire Good Eggs team – has been taking a model that was developed in a very different cultural and economic climate and adapting it to work for our community,” she says.
Monaghan says she keeps expecting the company’s growth to slow, especially during the hot summer months, but Good Eggs has done nothing but expand.
In the past 12 months, Good Eggs in New Orleans has grown from a two-person team to a company with more than 30 employees.
“We’re going to move into a new facility this fall,” Monaghan says. “It will be almost three times as large as our current space, so we continue to serve more customers.”