We are part of the generation that orders everything online from diapers to peanut butter and, let’s face it, there’s something super convenient about coming home from work, and finding everything you need right at your doorstep. But, there’s always that item that you need immediately. Enter: the local mom and pop convenience store. These stores, reminiscent of our grandparents’ generation, are making a huge comeback in the DMV. Here are a few of our faves.
The Local Market
The Local Market has all the yummy foods like fresh baked breads, pastries, cookies, and pies as well as grass fed, free range meats like lamb and bison. They pride themselves in providing locally grown produce from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to St. Mary’s County in Maryland. They want their Falls Church community to feel like they are a direct link between farmer and customer. In fact, every week they source many of their products from farmers they know personally.
246 W. Broad St. (Falls Church)
Slater’s Market, in Alexandria, has a little bit of everything from sandwiches and salads to groceries and ice cream. The market claims it’s “a place not far from home that has everything that could be missing at home!” Their sandwiches are made using fresh Boar’s Head products and their ice cream is delicious Trickling Spring, which prides themselves on quality and consistency. They have fresh baked bread, and staples like organic milk, free-range eggs, and butter. They even have a picnic basket you can rent for the day!
1552 Potomac Greens Dr. (Alexandria, Va)
Broad Branch Market
A community gem, Broad Branch Market truly has everything a wonderful neighborhood market should have. For starters, they have great coffee and pastries for breakfast, and amazing fried chicken and lots of different sandwich options for lunch. Pop in evenings to find a huge selection of home-cooked prepared foods for dinner or just reach out for a fresh French baguette or beer to take home. Picnic tables adorn the outside on warmer months so you can eat there or just stop by for an ice cream at the counter.
5608 Broad Branch Rd., NW
Gordon’s Grocery, on Cypress Street in Hagerstown, MD, was opened by Harry Clinton Gordon in 1923. Gordon’s, as it’s simply known, is still there, 94 years later, in the residential North End of the city. Three generations of Gordons have run the store since it opened and customers here aren’t just a random face, they are neighbors and family. This is the kind of place where customer credit accounts are stored in old wooden crates and where employees carry your groceries to your car. Gordon’s even offers home deliveries of its locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic products and fresh meats and seafood. If you’re a frequent customer, don’t be surprised to see birthday wishes for you and your family written on a chalkboard.
101 Cypress St. (Hagerstown, Md)
Corner Market & Pharmacy
A new neighborhood market and pharmacy has popped up at the Rock Creek Shopping Center in Silver Spring. Their motto is that old fashioned excellent customer service is the rule, not the exception. The CM&P offers organic, natural, and everyday products from bread to flowers and even fresh sushi! But where they get an A+ ,with their customers and neighborhood parents, is an urgent care center and pharmacy. The pharmacist at CM&P wants to know your name and help your family when someone falls ill. The pharmacy is full service and even offers delivery.
8309 Grubb Rd. (Silver Spring, Md)
Do you have a favorite mom and pop market? Tell us about it in the comments below.