Root Functional Medicine opens Farmacy Café in East Hills


A new doctor- and dietitian-led grab-and-go café is officially open in East Hills.

Root Functional Medicine opened the Root Farmacy Café on Thursday at 1003 Lake Drive SE in Grand Rapids East Hills neighborhood, in the former Marie Catrib’s space that was vacated by Kingfisher Restaurant & Deli in July.

According to a previous Business Journal report, Root Functional Medicine is a food-as-medicine business at 746 Wealthy St. SE in Grand Rapids that will retain that location as well as the café. Since October 2018, the Root team — founder and owner Dr. Erica Armstrong and registered dietitian/executive chef Jennifer Fillenworth, as well as other cooks and dietitians — has been offering a root-cause approach to wellness, advanced testing and functional medicine services.

In May, Root turned some of its proprietary functional food plans — which it uses with clients for reducing inflammation, balancing hormones and blood sugar, and restoring gut health — into recipes and take-home meals through Root Farmacy. Those Farmacy meals will now be prepared at the new space, along with the grab-and-go items.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Kelsey Woodworth Stricklen, registered dietitian at Root, said, “We are continuing to offer our five- and 10-meal-per-week (polycystic ovary syndrome) and elimination diet meal subscriptions and are working on a way to ship these nationwide.”

Woodworth Stricklen said the café’s offerings will be made from whole foods in a 100% gluten-free and 95% dairy-free environment. It also will sell healthy smoothies balanced with protein, fat and fiber; Bulletproof brand coffee that will have functional add-ins such as vitamin D3, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil and collagen; and all of the foods will be made with olive, avocado and coconut oil rather than heavily processed vegetable oil.

Woodworth Stricklen said the café will operate on a curbside pickup model “until things calm down a bit” with COVID-19.

Once it is safe to do so, the business will conduct community nutrition and cooking classes on the commercial kitchen side of the new location.

Current featured items at the café include Moroccan salmon with roasted cauliflower salad, Root Farmacy fall salad and a Greek chicken burger with buckwheat salad.

The café is now accepting online orders at

Hours are 3-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for subscription pick-up only, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

More information is available by calling (616) 498-6050 or emailing

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