It’s a little easy for the cheese-, olive-, fresh produce- and bakery-loving grocery shopper to get a little discouraged around here. Don’t get us wrong, we like not-so-commercial markets like Wild Oats, but sometimes you want something a little more like a mini Central Market—somewhere where you can dabble in an olive bar or sip on a Diet Coke from the fountain before you decide whether it’ll be Special K with Strawberries or Strawberry Cheerios for breakfast this week: A place that’s not wrapped up in exclusivity nor preoccupied with organics.
Enter The Store. A sort of Salt Lake legend, The Store (2050 E. 6200 South, and 4695 S. Holladay Blvd.) is the kind of place where both the specialty-lover and the just-get-it-done shopper can co-exist, and leave happily and not too overbudget. Not only is the store home to Schmidt’s Bakery (in-house chocolates are part of the gig) and an exclusive vendor of Meier’s Meats, they also supply their own salsas ($3.99 for 14 oz.) and house a tasty salad bar with to-go salad dressings. There’s also a convenient-store worthy soda fountain in the middle aisle—Orange Bang included.
If you’re taking the cheese party to heart, this place is a must-stop. Other shelf favorites include “home-made” pizzas and lasagnas, M.C. Rossi pasta sauces, Divina olives, Virgil’s Rootbeer and San Pellegrino’s Aranciata and Limonata—currently three six-packs are on sale for $10. From Logan, Crumb Brothers Artisan Bread ($2.89-$4.99) is a local best-seller.
And though in-store Schmidt’s Bakery is packed with goodies, don’t skip over a personal-sized vanilla cake from Cakes de Fleur (A Salt Lake “Best of”) for $4.99.
The store is a neighborly gem as welcoming as its name suggests, but it will give you all those hard-to-find and fancy shmancy products you’re in need of, with the best produce selection to top it off. You might have to plan on paying a little extra, but with service this friendly, you won’t feel too bad about it.