The gregarious grocers at the locally owned Country Lake Market bundle up fresh cuts of meat while decimating cooking time for residential meal makers with prepared dinners. Meat seekers tote home pork chops, T-bone steaks, or pork sausages by the pound (prices vary) to grill up on backyard barbecues or give up to raccoon mafias running protection rackets. Muffle the rumbling chorus of a family of stomachs with the 12-piece chicken dinner paired with potato wedges, coleslaw, and a loaf of homemade bread ($29.95). An italian sausage pita ($5.49) satiates lone lunchers, and a whole slab of cooked ribs ($15.99) leaves customers with enough bones left over to cobble together a makeshift xylophone.
When Lynn Kughn founded The Ultimate Pretzel Company five years ago, it was a kitchen-based operation that hand-dipped pretzel rods in caramel, rice krispies, and chocolate. While her neighbor’s chocolate-dipped-cucumber business languished, The Ultimate Pretzel Company has since expanded into a thriving online operation that dishes out delectable treats to sugar-craving patrons and donates a portion of its proceeds to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Like a beaker-toting scientist obsessed with animating chocolate-pretzel hybrids, Lynn has developed several treats in addition to her signature pretzel sticks.
Sanders was established in 1875 when Fred Sanders opened his first store in Downtown Detroit. The premium ingredients used to make Sanders famous cakes, ice cream, toppings, chocolates, and caramel continues today. Sanders products can be found in multiple retailers across Michigan and the United States, online, or in any
Time Too Savor helps its clients side step the pressure of cooking on a nightly basis by inviting them to pre-assemble entrees and sides in-store before taking them home to finish later. The menu changes monthly, although previous items have included pan-fried tortilla rolls of chicken, green chilies, and goat cheese, and Thai-flavored pork tenderloin with coconut, cilantro, and peanuts. After planning meals online, guests arrive at their appointed time and portion out servings of pre-cut ingredients, tailoring the recipes to their liking and leaving any mess for the staff to tidy up after. Each meal comes with simple instructions for cooking and serving, which allows customers to quickly prepare menu items at the nearest kitchenware trade show.
For more than 50 years, shoppers have ambled through the aisles of La Rosa Market and stocked carts with fresh-baked breads, deli products, and the essentials. Craft grandiose hoagies or time-sensitive sculptures with a diverse selection of Boar's Head deli meats and cheeses ($6–$9/lb.), or fuel barbecues with protein-packed bites of AngusPride Choice beef ($6+/lb.). Dough designers knead, toss, and roll floured mounds into freshly baked tongue warmers, including breads, pies, cakes and pastries ($2–$15). After culling enough rations to restock pantry shelves and vacant bowling-trophy cases, cart cabbies can browse a vibrant floral section that includes roses by the dozen ($9.99) and mixed bouquets ($7.99). Shoppers can also corral bundles of firewood ($4.99) to illuminate backyard gatherings.