Safeway has more than 1,400 stores in the country and is proud to consider themselves a neighborhood grocery store. Their selection includes produce delivered fresh from their farmers, as well as fine meats, seafood, and ready-to-go meals from the deli. Their aisles are lined with thousands of low prices everyday and each week they out-do themselves with Club Card specials.
Across eight locations in Northern California, Arteagas Food Centers bring a taste of Latin America to their respective communities with fresh produce, meats, and authentic cremerias. Patrons can pick up a variety of Latin ingredients, American-brand products, or meat cuts for their next barbecue, including ribs, carne asada, chicken, and seafood. Throughout the year, live bands and comedians combine with free events such as a Dia de Los Muertos party and a scavenger hunt to entertain guests while they shop. Arteagas gives back to the community by offering free health care testing and a connection to more than 40 nonprofits. Three locations even host a full taqueria, where diners can sit down for freshly prepared hot foods such as barbacoa, burritos, tacos, and chile verde.
In 1946, John Kinder opened his first meat market in the Bay Area town of San Pablo. More than 65 years later, Kinder continues to oversee daily operations at more than 15 neighborhood locations. He owes his continued success, in part, to the second- and third-generation family members who have leant their own tireless dedication to the company.
This dedication has certainly paid off. The Kinder family’s barbecue sauces, marinades, and rubs consistently take first-place ribbons from judges across the country and have earned the market a loyal following of cowboys and outlaws alike. In a 2008 article on what to order at Major League ballparks, the New York Times hailed the ball-tip steak sandwich and its "mess of Kinder's smoky-sweet sauce" as a much-welcome relief from the fried menu items at McAfee Coliseum. :m]]
At first glance, Danville International Market looks like a typical American corner store. There’s a small produce section in the corner with fresh fruit, loaves of bread on the shelves, and a station for tea and coffee. However, a closer look reveals the International side of its inventory. In addition to racks that hoist rice and spices from around the globe, the deli counter serves up Mediterranean favorites such as split pea stew, baba ghannouj, and kabobs. They also offer international pastries, including baklava and Persian cookies.
San Lorenzo Car Wash's technicians draw upon the latest technology to beautify cars with minimal environmental impact. Employing high-pressure nozzles on the hoses in their wash tunnel, they amplify the spray while conserving water. And though they still use roughly 8 to 25 gallons per wash, they recapture almost every drop, treating it onsite to remove chemicals before releasing it into the sewer system and never letting any soapy water make its way into a storm drain.
Kettlepop's commitment to quality ingredients and old-fashioned preparation make its product highly distinctive. Each Kettlepop kernel gets equal treatment in a patented, fire-burning kettle of their own design, and small batches ensure that every bag is fresh and evenly cooked. Sample a classic with a large bag of kettle corn ($8.95), their most popular concoction. Medium-sized appetites meet their matches with medium bags of cheese ($6.95) and caramel ($8.95) flavors. A small bag of chocolate drizzles ($6.95), kettle corn covered in dark and white chocolate, combines sweet and salty in a union as unexpected yet satisfying as popping bubble wrap in the bathtub. Tins of this versatile treat also make great gifts: a 3.5 gallon gift tin with a three-flavor combo shows popcorn-loving friends and enemies with braces exactly how you feel.