Wildflower Vegan Cafe has come a long way. From a food truck in Cherry Hill, to becoming the heart of the Village on High Street in Millville, this fully vegan eatery has seen continuous growth in the past nine years.
Last year, owner, Eric Nyman, began renovating the small space that Wildflower has been occupying for the past eight years. This is the most recent expansion that Wildflower has seen, as it was once a take-out only stand with no room inside for anything but a kitchen.
“We did a lot of the work ourselves,” said Nyman. “It wasn’t a year of continuous progress, it’s an old building. You take one part off then you need to do this, and that. It was originally a garage though, the dining room is in a former garage bay.”
The new dining area allows more room for people waiting for their food, or waiting to order. Customers are no longer cramped inside, and the new open space allows for natural light to shine through on sunny days.
“The next couple months we’re gonna finish renovating,” said Nyman. “Make it more efficient in the kitchen and then hopefully we can add more stuff to the menu.”
Like any renovation, there were, of course, holdups to the project. According to Nyman, he planned to get a large walk-in cooler for storage. Unfortunately, the financing fell through for the cooler, so he continued on, utilizing the entire space for indoor seating. Now, rather than waiting for a beautiful day, or just taking food to go, customers have somewhere to sit and enjoy their meal.
“It’s a good balance,” said Nyman. “We are maxed out for the building, [but] if we need more space we have plenty of outdoor space. The landlord also lets us use the backyard. It’s nice to have room for live music and an audience now.”
Nyman also said that several other Millville business owners would allow him to use their space if he ever needed it, for big parties or events.
“Millville’s been really good to us,” said Nyman. “People ask when were gonna move somewhere further away like Cherry Hill, Glassboro, Collingswood. Somewhere with more people, more money. Millville is where we want to be. Maybe one day we’ll open a second place, but for now we like being part of High Street and the arts. I’ll always try to hold on to this little location."
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