Shoppers on Site: Year End Edition!

WCM has a great olive and pickle bar. Right next to it is a salad bar. Kind of a "win-win"

By Candace Byington

Parties, football, top 100 countdowns. The new year is upon us. There are so many great markets that will provide us almost unlimited access to party food for the masses or intimate snacks for two. Whether you are celebrating in a end of year blow out or fighting to stay awake with that special someone, check out these markets for some grocery and treat options. You can also check out our Holiday Grocery Guide for a complete list of area favorites! Start the new year right! Support Local!


Do you want to impress your guests at your holiday party? Visit Sofo’s and bring home an entire Italian feast! Sofo’s is a unique one stop for your party needs. Not only do they offer their own meatballs and ravioli but they have subs and sandwiches in various sizes. There are crusts for pizza ranging from traditional to very thin and their own sauce. They have you covered on dessert too! Visit the bakery for tiramisu. Coffee lovers will find whole beans in a variety of flavors including pumpkin spice. Did you forget wine or beer? Sofo’s has excellent quality and quantity right by the checkout counter.

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Walt Churchill’s Market

Gathering snacks and adult beverages for a party this season is an easy task at Walt Churchill’s Market in Maumee. The market is a perfect one stop for all items on your list! Not only will you find fresh produce to create your own veggie tray but also a wide array of unusual chips and home made dips. Check out the deli where you find cheese and seafood dips not to mention salads and decadent cookies. The cookies look good and taste great! Surprise your guests with freshly prepared sushi or a pizza. You will find excellent selection in the liquor store. Enjoy their offerings of craft beer for your NYE celebration. In addition the market features locally produced wine as well as unique flavors like chocolate and vanilla wine and sangria.

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Pauken’s in Maumee is a great one stop for your New Year’s Eve party. They have everything! Their wine selection ranges from regional favorites like Leelanau Cellars to imported wines from France. The back room is devoted to craft beer. Fans of tequila, rum, gin and vodka will find many varieties of their favorites. They still have a few holiday gift sets available too if you need a last minute present!

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If you need wine or craft beer for you holiday party, stop by Corks in Rossford. You will find local wines from Michigan and Ohio as well as many varieties of craft beer. You will want to stay a while though! The friendly staff will help you with your purchase as well as order hard to find selections. Pull up a chair at their bar and enjoy wine or a martini! The store features daily events including wine tastings on Wednesday nights and Sunday brunch with bloody marys and mimosas. Details and pictures of the weekly events can be found on their Facebook fan page:

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