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What do you mean the store is no longer here??? 
Oct. 19, 2012 4:04 pm 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2012 9:30 am
A wonderful eclectic fresh market store in my town has gone out of business, why,? I was there just 2 days before the closing and saw no indication that the store was going under.  Store has only been here about 2 years. This is the store that I took Chef Luigi to when he visited me. It was a wonderful cornucopia of so many cultures that I always thought that I would have tons of time to test all of the wonderful spices, beans, meats, everything in other words. You can see some of the wonderful items on my blog with Chef Luigi? I am in the dark, I am lost?! I went there at least once a week for inspiration and to buy so many wonderful items to cook. Now I have to go to the local "brand store", for which I work and buy generic items that don't have much inspiration. Why? how? did this store come and leave so quickly? I am still in shock. Nearest stores for some items I have gotten used to is in Milwaukee. Quite a distance for me just for these items. Darn it all! Why do stores do this?? They get into the neighborhood, make a patronage and then just quit? Have you had such experience as this? Why?
Oct. 19, 2012 4:17 pm
Because the stores are small and independents the price they pay for items is much higher than chain or box stores. They are unable to lower their prices because they are paying more. People say they want unique stores with hard to find items but most will not pay the higher prices. Sorry to hear you lost a favorite store.
Oct. 19, 2012 4:23 pm
The last several years have been hellish on the small business people. There are so many independents that have been forced to close which is why I support the locals whenever I can.
Oct. 19, 2012 5:30 pm
Running a small business profitably is a daunting task, and the grocery business has extremely razor thin margins. If they can't achieve a high turnover of their products, they will go broke. The new business failure rate is about 50% during the first 5 years, and only about 3 out of 10 survive past 10 yrs. . . . and these stats were before the Great Recession.
Oct. 19, 2012 6:16 pm
the government taxes and regulates them way beyond what is called reasonable.
Oct. 19, 2012 7:10 pm
I feel for you, ib. If my produce guy closed down, I'd cry. He buys local produce that is so much better than the supermarket offerings. His tomatoes taste like....wait for it.... tomatoes! Real, honest, tomatoes. We're still getting amazing watermelon from him. And all his stuff is cheaper than the chain stores, too. How he does it I don't know, but I've let him know by action and word that I'm his forever.
Oct. 20, 2012 5:19 am
I so understand how you feel, it is happening here in Florida too. You find a wonderful fresh food market and they never last long. I remember your market...I'd cry too.
Oct. 20, 2012 5:32 am
Ibbz I have a favourite ethnic store that I go to for spices and speciality items. I don't know what I'd do if they closed. Thats awful. So sorry to hear it. At least if they'd let you know you could've stocked up.
Oct. 20, 2012 7:20 am
Ibbz, sorry to hear that,when you have a place you always go to,it sure is hard finding another one, hope you find one you like soon.
Oct. 20, 2012 1:51 pm
I ditto everyones remarks, ibbz. As an adventuresome cook, I feel your pain about losing a favorite specialty store. And as Maggi and others mentioned, continue to support your local businesses, be them ethnic markets, produce stands, fish markets, healthfood stores. Sad indeed!
Oct. 20, 2012 4:09 pm
There have been so many wonderful little stores and delis here that have not made it past that important 3 yr. program and I don't know why. There was an Asian market some years ago that was great and always seemed to have customers, it went under. Then this store was so great and kept me wanting to try new spices, meats, veges and fruits. Now I feel so let down, I don't even want to cook. Same old, same old, why bother. Nothing new to add to the mix, a monkey could cook the same old thing I do.
Oct. 21, 2012 9:50 am
I got a book as a present from my son for my birthday this year. It is a "Whole Foods Cookbook". It is chock full of interesting new innovative recipes. He bought it in the Whole Foods store, if there is one near you,pick it up, it will give you tons of new ideas.
Oct. 21, 2012 2:26 pm
I am trying to get my head back into cooking but I am so upset. I love cooking this time of year as I am a slow cooker cook! But to lose so much of my items to cook with is very hard to overcome.
Oct. 21, 2012 6:54 pm
covergirl, http://www.amazon.com/The-Whole-Foods-Market-Cookbook/dp/0609806440
Oct. 22, 2012 8:09 am
I don't live near a Costco or Whole Foods Market. Trying to keep my spirits up and try some new recipes but,,,
Oct. 23, 2012 11:38 am
My rant is a bit different..I knew all the neat places to shop & save$$...then I moved...20 miles to just get to the nearest store..which is Wal-Mart. There are others-we do have Safeway, Smith's,& some dollar stores, but not the variety I am used to. Other stores, too, an Asian market, but driving all around town is not cost-effective-it's really spread out. I used to be able to hit CostCo after work anyda I wanted-now, it's 120 miles away-Ouch! So, I feel your pain!
Oct. 23, 2012 11:54 am
Thanks everyone for your comments. I got so used to being able to go there and grab good fresh fruit and veges and meats were so good. Interesting spices and a Rotisserie Chicken only cost about $4.50 compared to $6.50 at other stores. I'll live, but not as well as I was.
Nov. 1, 2012 9:30 am
We've had a few big name stores go, leaving the most expensive one in business. Now how does that happen? I go to Wal-Mart mostly, but have to go to the expensive one for some items W-M doesn't carry.
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My name is Deborah, please call me Debbie. I've been married for over 36 years to the same man. We have 2 children (girl and boy) and 2 grand daughters, one from each child. At the moment we have a gecko and a cat as housemates.
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I love cooking fried chicken in my cast iron pans. Any type of pasta dish is always a happy cooking time. I enjoy cooking fish and shrimp whenever possible. My family also enjoys my cornbread, biscuits, beans and greens, they eat almost every bite, so I know they like them.
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Family insists that I make my "famous" potato salad for Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, actually any time is good for them.
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A castle cake w/moat for my grand daughter's 7th birthday made of Rice Krispies, frosting and a ton of toppings. It stood over a foot tall with the towers on top. She loved it, that is what matters to me.
My cooking tragedies
I tried making "meat muffins" and the fat from the ground pork overflowed the muffin tin, dripped on stove and caught fire, which in turn caught the meat on fire, which in turn caught the towel that I was holding while trying to get the pan out of the oven on fire, which in turn caught my pants on fire when I dropped it, which in turn burned my hand and arm when I tried to retrieve it, then I had to pay the landlord extra for the burned spot on the tile in the kitchen. I don't make meat muffins any more.
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