You are looking at Bossy’s home away from home(s), her local Co-op grocery store. When Bossy and her husband decided to leave the big city sixteen years ago, Bossy’s criteria for a neighborhood was simple: The town must have sidewalks, and people using those sidewalks, to deliver them to places such as the library, the post office, the coffeehouse, the fire station, the dry cleaners, and the flower shop.
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At the top of Bossy’s list of small-town necessities was a food store within walking distance that was not a chain supermarket. Bossy grew up frequenting one of these individually-owned markets, which was located at the base of her high rise apartment building. It was called The Marketplace and was run by Mrs. Lee, who was something of a tyrant, even if she did special order things like Pecan Sandies for Bossy’s dad.
Fast forward thirty years. Every hour of every day at Bossy’s local Co-op market is like a neighborhood cocktail party, hold the cocktails. It’s a gathering place for people of every age, in every stage of ingredient need:
Bossy’s market features a great selection of meat, dairy, and pre-made entrées and desserts made on the spot:
And the Co-op’s personal relationships with area farmers result in a wide array of fresh, seasonal, organic options:
In terms of baguettes and bagels and the like, Bossy learned the hard way the downside of outstanding bread products is you better be there very early in the day if there’s a hope of scoring before they sell out:
But perhaps Bossy’s favorite part about her local grocery store was the three years it employed Bossy’s son:
The moral of this story is: go out there and support your own favorite small business! And think about pushing the Facebook like button below to spread the word.