Storehouse Grocers

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Carl Johnson owner and manager of Storehouse Grocers a small business in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota to photograph him at the store for a Spicy Green Book listing, a national listing of Black-owned food and beverage businesses throughout the US and Canada. The neighborhood corner grocery store recently had their grand opening and are hoping to help serve the community with staple household needs. Corner stores are an important fabric of urban neighborhoods to allow for easy access to everyday staples and fresh fruit and vegetables, usually within walking distance so residents do not need to travel by public transportation or vehicle to get the basic necessities. Recently, I discovered an exciting update, Storehouse Grocers expanded and added a coffee bar next door. “to be a help in fighting food insecurity in St.Paul. All profits go to ending everyday hunger.”

Editorial portrait of the owner of Storehouse Grocers in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Commercial Portrait Photography.

Carl Johnson stands behind the counter of his recently opened grocery store in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota

Exterior of Storehouse Grocers Saint Paul Minnesota for Spicy Green Book listing.

Outside view of Store house Grocers, “Dayton’s Bluff first affordable grocery store” in neighborhood located Saint Paul, Minnesota

Storehouse Grocers Owner Commercial Portrait Saint Paul, Minnesota. Food Photographers in Chicago

The grocery store offers staples of food and household items as a small neighborhood market catering to locals for convenience.


For this branding photography photo shoot I scheduled a date and time with the stores owner to photograph the interior of the store, portraits, and the exterior so the business could use the images to promote the store within their community. Inside, the walls were painted in the businesses bright orange signature color and there was a colorful and vibrant mural opposite the wall with the shelving full of grocery staples. I started by taking some portraits of the owner in a couple of different locations around the store to highlight the brands logos and what the interior of the shop looked like in order give prospective customers an idea of what to expect upon visiting the location.

I am a Chicago based commercial product photographer with editorial photography experience and am available to travel throughout the Midwest (Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, and beyond) for your content creation or branding project. Please reach out to talk more about collaborating on your next advertising photo session!


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