Our mission is to be the fines ethnic grocery store in the hearts and minds of our clients, employees, distributions and neighbors. We always try to surpass our clients expectations ! As a result in our stores you will find items not found in other stores.
With a broad selection of organic and locally grown produce, imported cheeses, and freshly caught seafood, Fresh Farms International Market seamlessly blends local and international flavors. Specialists in aquatic fare guide patrons through the details of live lobsters ($7.99/lb.) or wild octopus ($2.99/lb.), explaining how to prepare them and train them to guard a bank vault. Dairy experts brandish a cooled case full of rare cheeses and everyday essentials, such as Bulgarian feta ($2.99/lb.) and Mountain Brand swiss ($3.99/lb.). Meanwhile, meat mongers dig into smoked ham shanks ($1.49/lb.), flanked by California broccoli ($0.79/lb.) and Wisconsin dry yellow onions ($0.19/lb.), to create a full meal or a trap for a hungry tyrannosaur.
The artful bakers at Upper Crust Bagels craft more than 15 varieties of kettle-boiled New York–style bagels fresh daily. The dough wizards work through the night to forge the circular comestibles, deftly mixing, shaping, and punching out their centers to ensure that they rise from their nocturnal slumber. Esurient shoppers can construct a baker’s dozen of flavor halos, populating their assembly with savory and sweet denizens such as sundried tomato, pumpernickel, and chocolate chip, along with a plain bagel for frills-free palates. Once a phalanx of 13 disks has been bagged up, nibblers appoint one of Upper Crust’s freshly whipped cream cheeses to the role of bagel haberdasher, cloaking floury plains with rich layers of spreads such as light lox spread or cheddar cheese.
Though barbecuing and baking apple pie are among America's favorite pastimes, shopping for the necessary ingredients can be a cumbersome chore. With this in mind, brothers Andrew and Thomas Parkinson founded Peapod based on the idea that people's time is precious. Their website allows online shoppers to browse thousands of grocery and household items and have them delivered or prepared for pick-up at the touch of a button, with added conveniences such as saved shopping lists and filters that highlight products with specific nutritional information. Shoppers can control the quality of their orders by requesting that Peapod's personal shoppers select yellow or green bananas, or deli meat that's sliced thick, or thin. Market-specific offerings ensure that buyers from New York to Chicago can also find signature, hometown foods.
But the brothers are anything but complacent about the Skokie, Illinois–based company's growing success, which has been documented by such media outlets as the New York Times. Thomas Parkinson demonstrated one of Peapod's latest innovations in a Fox Business report with Jeff Flock—virtual grocery-store aisles on commuter-train platforms, which allow customers to use their smartphone to easily pick out items for next-day delivery. Chicago Tribune reporter Mary Ellen Podmolik recently documented another innovation: pickup sites where customers can retrieve their previously ordered groceries without leaving their vehicle.
“Our father and grandfather have been in the wholesale and retail produce business, and that type of store was a natural for us,” Isaac Nava says, referring to the market and deli he opened with his brother Moishe in 2010. The third establishment to bear the Nava name, it supplies first and second spots—both homestyle Mexican restaurants—with fresh fruits and veggies, meat, and dairy products. Customers will also find plenty of household goods lining the grocery store’s aisles. And at the deli counter, a sprawling menu details sandwiches made with salami, roast beef, and turkey, as well as wraps, salads, and freshly blended smoothies that constantly battle with daily soups over the control of cups, bowls, and curved hands.
Greg Burhop doesn't hesitate when asked what makes his seafood shops different. "Our stores don't have that fishy fish smell," he says. As soon as fish starts to smell like fish, he explains, it's no longer fresh, a condition Greg and his father, Jeff, studiously avoid by keeping their shop stocked with just-caught, never-frozen goods. They do this by going right to the source—wholesale distributors in Alaska, Hawaii, New England, and as far away as Australia. Their connections with these distributors stretch over the course of Burhop's 85-year history, which started when Greg's great-grandfather, Albert "Pops" Burhop, founded a wholesale-seafood business. When locals started offering him money and moon rocks in exchange for the prized cuts of fish, Pops decided to cut out the middleman.
Today, Greg proudly reports that many of his loyal customers are transplants from the East and West Coasts, where fresh seafood is easier to come by. Ironically, Burhop's gets fresher stuff than many stores on the coasts do, thanks to Chicago's central location, which enables quick shipping from both ends of the country. In the shop, customers can watch as the four or five workers at each store skillfully prepare custom-cut fillets and caviar busts of Admiral Nelson. A series of online video tutorials hosted by Greg himself teach home chefs to prep mouthwatering lobster tails, tuna burgers, and more.
Growing up, Barron Perl and his six brothers spent a lot of time helping out with their family’s sausage manufacturing company. Barron expanded the Perls’ meat-making legacy years later when he opened Deli Direct, a gourmet food distributor specializing in smoked meat and natural Wisconsin cheese. In addition to handcrafted sausages and blocks of cheese, the store also specializes in tangy mustards, gluten-free party dips, and tasty horseradish products—including spicy pickles by the gallon. For the perfect gift, the staff assembles wicker baskets that overflow with edible treats, and you can assemble your own smorgasbord at Deli Direct’s outlet store.