In the past few months, Vashon has gained a food delivery service, online food shopping service and two food takeout businesses. Now, yet another island business is getting in on the effort to make eating quicker and more convenient.
Vashon’s Pure Organic Kitchen and Juicery launched its own mobile ordering app and installed two self-ordering kiosks at the counter for customers in a hurry. Pure owner Stephanie Morris Knoder said she made the decision to incorporate the technology after she found that getting the café’s food to an “increasing numbers of busy customers” was becoming more challenging. But she said she was also having trouble retaining good employees and the technology can help make up for the lack of staff.
“There isn’t enough affordable housing for the working class of Vashon. I’ve lost several good employees because they have nowhere to live,” she said. “I made the decision to offer mobile and self-ordering so Pure can be around for a long time.”
Orders can be personalized on the kiosks and stored for the next time the customer comes in. Customers can also still place orders with the café’s staff.
Meanwhile, the eatery’s app allows customers to place an order from anywhere via smartphone or tablet.
“Customers on the ferry are finding it especially useful because their food is ready and waiting for them when they get to town,” Morris Knoder said.
Pure serves plant-based vegan and gluten-free fare.