After reading this hypothetical question from the Memphis Flyer I began to consider where we actually shop and where we can improve our spending habits. Most of our food comes from Kroger (side note: almost every Kroger in Memphis has a nickname. There's Kroghetto on Union, Kosher Kroger in East Memphis, Freddy Kroger at Poplar/Highland...) while most of our paper and cleaning products come from Target. But we're thinking that we can eliminate a lot of our Krogering by patronizing local joints while at the same time trying to keep the expenses down. Here's what we've come up with so far:
Vegetables and fruit - Easy Way, Farmers Markets
Pasta - Valenza Pasta
Herbs and natural soaps - Maggie's Pharm (trying to go phthalate-free)
Beer and liquor - Joe's, Tip Top, Bosco's
Chocolate - Dinstuhl's
So as you can tell our diet consists of vegetables, pasta, and cocktails. We've gotten meat from farmers markets and it's always been delicious but the one that is the most convenient time-wise is only open in the summer. I know of two meat markets in Memphis but is there one in Midtown? Where are we going to get bread and cheese? Toilet paper?
I can easily forgo one-stop shopping if I can get better products and support local business. Besides, it gives me the opportunity to ride my bicycle for more errands.
What about you? What is your favorite local place for essentials? (Especially cheese!)