Avoid the Supermarket & Stop in a Small Local Specialty Market

The idea of a trip to the grocery store is daunting, and most of us sensibly want to make those as few and far between as possible. But if you’re getting low on provisions and need something to tide you over, or just want something a little different, why not look around for a small locally owned specialty market? It probably won’t be packed and they’ll really appreciate your business at this difficult time.

In Little Italy, the Murray Hill Market offers a small but adequate selection of staples, canned good, produce, sweets, bread and prepared foods. You won’t find six brands of spaghetti but the one brand they carry comes in a range of shapes. With things such as butter, flour, eggs, milk, frozen vegetables and canned tomato sauce, they have all the basics you need to make your meals and they’re open seven days a week.

The GroceryOHC, located in Ohio City at the west end of the Detroit/Superior Bridge, has an online ordering tool for a selection of fresh produce, dairy, cheeses, baking needs such as flour and sugar, vinegar and oil, bakery, meats, drinks, frozen smoothies, and deli and prepared foods. Pick up Monday-Friday from 9am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm.

If you’re looking at treating yourself to something special, Astoria Market & Café in Gordon Square offers specialty Mediterranean foods: a hug variety of cheeses, cured meats, olives, unusual pastas and grains, biscuits, chocolates and other types of foods you might serve at that intimate house party you’re not having right now. So why not throw one for yourself? They’ve got a vast choice of wines — mostly European — to go with the edibles.

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