Sheila Akbar and Dylan Ricards

Dylan and Sheila have lived in Bed-Stuy since 2008. Like many Bed-Stuy residents, they were frustrated by the lack of fresh food options in the neighborhood. Watching new restaurants and bars open up was exciting, but they were surprised that no one thought to open a store that specialized in fresh, local, or organic produce. So, they did it themselves! 

Founded by Bed-Stuy residents Dylan and Sheila, Bed-Stuy Fresh and Local is committed to bringing healthy, fresh, and affordable food into our vibrant neighborhood. 


Our mission is to be a convenient and affordable source of fresh produce and quality meat, as well as to bring nutritious food options into the neighborhood, thereby fostering healthy eating habits and lifestyles. Bed-Stuy Fresh and Local is designed with community at its heart, and this is reflected in all aspects of our business: from our green storefront, to the nutritious food we sell, to the way our staff and management relate to, respect, and welcome our customers.