Sunshine’s Health Food Store & Vegetarian Deli, which has served the Houston community for over 30 years, has expanded, now bringing healthy options to more people in need.

Sunshine’s Vegan has opened a new site located at 1202 Lockwood, in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward. Family, friends, and loyal Sunshine’s customers attended the grand opening and ribbon-cutting held on May 13.

(L-R) Agnes Elgin, Imani Moshay, Arga Bourgeois, and Rosemary Reynolds

“I never imagined, over 30 years ago, cooking food on a small George Foreman grill would lead to our family owning and operating not one, but two locations in Houston. We thank the community for celebrating with us,” said Sunshine’s co-owner Arga Bourgeois.

Arga and her father started the business because they felt there was a need in the Black community for healthy food options. The new location is in an area with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, also known as a food desert.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), food deserts are “areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet.” Access can be impaired or limited by several factors, such as income, location, time, and the ability to travel to a store. Sunshine’s, sourcing from local Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) farmers and growers, will offer cooked meals and have a small market to purchase fruits, vegetables, and spices.

The family-owned establishment opened in 1983 and has served the Third Ward community for over three decades.

Vergis “Sunshine” Bourgeois and his daughter, Arga, a committed vegetarian, operate one of Houston’s first health food stores serving raw and cooked vegetarian dishes.

Sunshine’s Vegan will continue providing healthy, vegetarian food options. An all-inclusive one-stop shop for vegan wellness, education, and healthy food options, it is known for delicious vegetarian food, refreshing raw salads, and fresh fruit juices. The new location will be where the community can gather for live music and entertainment.

“Sunshine’s stocks dietary supplements, all-natural detox products, healthy vegetarian grocery items, and educational books. We are truly a one-stop-shop for your vegan needs. We strive to encourage a healthy, sustainable lifestyle!” Arga said.

Sunshine’s Vegan is now hiring and is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Follow Sunshine’s on Social media @sunshinesvegan, and for more information, visit the website at