Our fourth entry in the Vegan Biz Profile series is Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe, an online vegan shop based in Marietta, GA (where you can also visit their showroom). Be sure to check out their vegan holiday gift guide. Also, Ken: eating baby brains is not vegan.
Tell us about Cosmos Vegan Shoppe.
We started Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe as an online shopping destination in 2005 to help make vegan specialty products available to everyone. At the time, it was much harder to find vegan packaged foods in regular stores than it is now. But there are still lots of fun vegan specialty items we carry that you can’t find just anywhere. We also offer non-food products like books, supplements, t-shirts and jewelry.
What are some of the best new products you’ve got available for the holidays?
A big seller this time of year are the Oppenheimer white chocolate chips. They’re great for vegan holiday baking. This year we are offering locally made vegan meats from Gutenfleischer’s. I wouldn’t dream of making a vegan dressing/stuffing without the Gutenfleischer’s SG Sausage. It’s so good! We have some gorgeous necklaces from vegan artist Christy Robinson. Her work is reasonably priced and well made. And the Sjaak’s fair trade chocolates are always a hit around the holidays.
How important are the holidays to your overall yearly sales?
Holiday sales pretty much set the tone for how we start off the new year. They allow us to restock strong and bring in new products to get us through the slower season. So yes, holiday sales are really important.
How cute is that kid of yours? SERIOUSLY!
Luka is way cute, Ryan! Pretty, pretty, cute.
Tell us about the eponymous Cosmo.
Cosmo will forever be known to us as “the best cat in the world”. Moe was with us for 16 years before we lost him to cancer late last month. He was a spoiled, loved, and cherished animal. Our love for Moe is a great reminder of why we stay vegan!
Tell us about another vegan-owned business that you love that other people may not know about.
There are so many great vegan businesses, and we are glad you have profiled some of our favorites here already. We do want to mention two that may not be as well known, but totally should be: Jeanette Zeis Ceramics and Twofour Manufacturing. Jeanette and Kenn share their life and studio space together here in Atlanta. Jeanette makes beautiful hand-thrown pottery and sells it from their studio and on her Etsy shop. Kenn creates some really cool and unique screenprinted wall art, had cut wood pieces, and more, which you can find on his Etsy shop.
These two work so hard and we just love ’em!