By Chris Watson
Yes, there is no way to “replace” an old friend. With the soon to be void in our lives that the closing Andersons retail stores will create, that empty space wants filling. In our area there are excellent markets, green houses, pet stores, and spirit vendors that push all of our shopping buttons: local, friendly, accessible, available. Some are familiar friends, others are new acquaintances, all are right in our own back yard and ready to serve us with our shopping needs. It is a new year…time to make some new friends.
Food, Wine, and Beer
With two locations (Maumee and Perrysburg), WCM may be the king (or general if we are being historical) of catering to the smaller household. The one in Briarfield in particular may be the model for a small Americana market. The one in Perrysburg, although closer to a traditional market, still pivots solidly to our size household. From deli to bakery to meat counter to standard staples, WCM is small household dream. Plus you never know what interesting, foodie driven items you are going to find.
Like WCM, Sautter’s is an old fashion, limited aisle grocery with two locations in Sylvania and Waterville. A strong across the board grocery with a good deli, bakery, and general grocery isle. Although they don’t have a service meat counter that doesn’t mean they won’t cater to your butching needs. Just ask and their meet cutters are more than happy to help.
They do two things very, very well: produce and deli. Yes, Monnettes now carries some meats and has always carried other items (recently they have strengthened their wine and craft beer selection) but they definitely stick to their core strengths. Most of their vegetables and fruits are loose. You can get one zucchini or potato to go with your quarter pound of deli ham. They also are one of the leading carriers of local and regional products. Locations on Secor, Glendale, and Reynolds.
With two locations Food Town meets that definition of “small and mighty”. A straight forward, no nonsense grocery in the mold of the old “IGA” styles of stores, this market is full service enough to handle your weekly grocery needs yet compact enough to be both manageable and time conserving. A great local market!
Yes, traditionally identified as an Italian market but do not be deceived; Sofo’s is a solid all around market as well. Besides its excellent deli Sofo’s has a respectable meat counter, a good solid dry good selection, and a fabulous bakery. Add to that its olive and deli salad area plus an interesting wine selection. Located on Monroe Street.
The new kid in the area, Fresh Thyme is a great store all around but a special mention must be made to its bulk section. Not just bulk cereals and nuts but bulk flours, dried fruits, rice, oils, vintagers, syrups, and honey. This is by far and away the best place in town to buy what we need for recipes when it comes to staples. Located on Monroe Street.
Another national store that deserves mention. Their service counters are almost too helpful and their selection is excellent. Also a respectable bulk section. If there is a drawback it is price. Although Fresh Market does run special, it falls into that national trend vetting by price. Still, it is very small household friendly. Located on Central and Secor.
Relatively new and still small, Market on the Green is the first genuine downtown market. They have just enough of everything to make for an easy and quick shopping trip. Plus they are a big supporter of local and regionally produced products. Whether you live downtown or work there stop by and support the exciting new downtown initiative. Located downtown on Madison Ave.
Mostly a meat market but a really good one. Their chicken burgers are particularly good. Plus they will accommodate just about any size meat needs you have. Now with two locations, one on Sylvania and one on Heatherdowns.
Besides being located in The Anderson’s HOM has several other locations. They are a straight forward, old fashioned, butcher shop. Plus they have locations all over town. They are a quick stop and, if you like freezing things, are more than happy to break your purchase up into appropriate freezer packs for our household size.
Located in the heart of Perrysburg this a straight up small grocery. Nothing fancy and nothing overstocked. Just a quick, walk through grocery. Perfect for our size households.
Although mostly known for its approach to healthy and wholistic living, we shouldn’t discount Bassett’s as source for staples. They have a good bulk selection including a bulk selection of spices. With locations on Secor and Heatherdowns they are worth a walk through. If you are visiting Zavotski’s on Heatherdowns they are in the same plaza.
Lawn, Garden, Pets
Located on Western this old school, long standing store in Toledo is a gem. First, it is a great pet store. Second, it is a great lawn and garden store. Finally, it is the areas leader in beer and wine making supplies. It is as ecclectic, personable, and 100% family owned and local!
An amazing green house plus lawn and garden products AND some produce and local honey to boot. Through in some miniature gardening and containers/pottery and you have a not so average garden center!
Another great hidden gem in the area with a special section of “made in the USA”, plus birding and fairy garden supplies.
Located in Sylvania, OH Hatfield is another great choice in lawn, garden, and outdoor landscaping and decorating. Plus lawn pond and water garden supplies and assistance.
Another great option!. Like Hoen’s a great mix of fresh product and market products, indoor and outdoor plants, and an area they like to call Garden Whimsy.