Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about one of the area’s newest grocery stores, Fresh City Market. This healthy grocery store not only offers guests a wonderful shopping experience, but special services to our visitors and locals that is one of a kind in the area. Did you know they do home delivery and also have a wonderful event space that is free of charge as long as guests use their catering services? They have an executive chef on site that makes soups from scratch and hot, fresh food and a pastry chef creating delectable, homemade bakery items. Bonus: they carry Mary Lou Donuts! This in itself is a reason to visit!
If you can’t tell by my excitable first paragraph, I am a huge fan of this grocery store. I am probably odd, but I love grocery shopping. Many people can find it laborious, but this is my advice, “embrace it and love it because we all have to do it!” Fresh City Market makes is really easy to love it! Last week Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette hosted a special event at Fresh City Market to tour the space. I have visited the store before, but this gave me a whole new outlook and I learned about all the unique things they are doing to provide wonderful customer care.
First, home delivery. They have an online grocery shopping service that is both quick and easy! You may select from a wide range of groceries, gourmet food, organic food, fresh produce and more – all of which are offered online. The fee is only $6.95! Or let’s say you are on your lunch break and have time to shop, but not to take your groceries home. They can hold your groceries for you and deliver to your home later in the day. If you spend over $40 the delivery is free! If you spend less than $40 there is a $6.95 delivery fee.
Second, event space. They have a beautiful room that overlooks Purdue University that is free of charge. The only requirement is you have to order from their catering services, but we sampled a number of food items (more on this later), and let me tell you, you will leave happy! The room seats up to 30 people, has 2 large flat screen televisions, free WI-Fi, a full kitchen, and if you want a food demonstration, their executive chef is available. They also offer cooking classes. Coming up are a Cooking Healthy & Gluten Free class on January 30 and Valentine’s Dinner class on February 13. (I don’t know about you, but I am putting a little bug in my husband’s ear about the V-Day Class! How romantic and fun!)
Third, their food. The staff at Fresh City Market are absolutely wonderful and friendly and to top it off, they let us sample a wide array of their catering items. They make a bruschetta that is loaded with fresh tomatoes, onions and herbs. Their marinated steak skewers were perfectly seasoned and cooked. I loved tasting diverse cheeses, nuts, sausage and dried fruits on a specialty platter they created. To top it off, they let us sample platters of fresh bakery items that included cheesecake bars, peppermint/chocolate bars, lemon tarts, very berry tarts and more! It was amazing!
Fourth, the store. The store is one of kind with its ginormous ceilings with pillars that local artists beautifully painted. The idea that the owners of this store took the time to bring the local community into the creation and “look” of the store is so amazing. It really creates a sense of community and makes this grocery store one of a kind. The store offers a hot bar of food, fresh soups, a salad bar, sushi bar, deli, and pretty much any food item you desire. We had a gentleman in our group that was looking for a specialty fruit he couldn’t find anywhere this season. Within 5 minutes of him mentioning it, they had it ordered and would be available the following day. The customer service is exemplary! Fresh City Market is not to be missed!
Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this grocery store and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.