Green Box Kitchen founders Jason Aviles, Angela Wagner and John Naughton, and Jet Phynx Films CEO and founder Paris “Jet Phynx” Duncan were on hand for a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome the two Wilmington businesses to a new home Market Street.
Also present at the ceremony were Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, Council President Hanifa Shabazz, 4th District Council Member Michelle Harlee, and Bill Freeborn, director of the Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Land Bank. The Land Bank also has a new office in the renovated Market Street complex.
“We are very pleased to welcome these two successful businesses to this beautiful new space on Market Street,” said Purzycki. “Wilmington’s already thriving Downtown District is fortunate to have the talent, creativity, drive and innovation of these young entrepreneurs, all of whom are committed to enriching the City’s cultural life while also nourishing – literally and figuratively – the communities that they serve.”
Green Box Kitchen, at 400 North Market Street, is a fast-casual vegan eatery and juice bar, serving hand-crafted salads, grain bowls, smoothies, açaí bowls, cold-pressed juices, and other fresh foods that are 100 percent plant-based.
The restaurant is an outgrowth of Wilmington Green Box, a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in 2016 and centered on providing jobs for local at-risk teens while supplying urban “food deserts” with access to healthy goods. Both organizations are committed to hiring community members.
Jet Phynx Films, next door at 408 North Market Street, was incorporated as an independent film company in 2015. It specializes in entertainment and lifestyle branding, offering digital content such as video production, photography, motion graphics, graphic and sound design, and music production.
The company has a client list that includes Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Coca-Cola, Under Armour, Roc Nation, RCA Records, Atlantic Records, Skechers, Zelle, and Soundcloud among others. Jet Phynx Films strives to offer a space that will help “creatives and executives bring their imagination to life,” a release stated.