From its opening in 1975 as a small, holistic storefront market in the newly formed Columbia, the story of David's Natural Market draws a number of parallels to the story of Columbia as a whole.
David's, like Columbia, was founded on groundbreaking ideals. The store – originally called Nature's Cupboard of Love – has grown steadily over the decades, thanks to strong community support. Once one of many shops in a row of storefronts, David's swallowed up, storefront by storefront, an entire wing within the Wilde Lake Village Center.
Growth in Columbia has also prompted community leaders to produce fresh redevelopment plans promising future sustainability.
While grand plans...