I’ve got my morning routine down before I settle into my desk at the Liverpool Public Library. I leave the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood at least 10 minutes earlier than needed. I like the cushion of time, one. And two: After pulling into my spot in the underground garage, I walk down Tulip Street, cross First Street, hang a left and enter Nichols.
The independent grocery store has a wonderful self-serve coffee bar stocked with Paul de Lima, made in Syracuse. My personal favorite is blueberry, four little creamers.
I’ve purchased an Italian half-sub at lunchtime, and other items here-and-there after work, even.
All the while, I’ve wondered, what would my dear wife Karen think of this little grocery store?
And so I took her there the Saturday of Fourth of July Weekend, sandwiched between our trip to the Regional Market and our lunch visit with our great friend Melinda.
Karen walked in with me from the parking lot, soaked up the atmosphere in the produce section, and declared that she felt like we did while shopping in a cozy independent grocery while we were in a vacation town.
She said some stuff was a bargain, like the interesting pick-it pricing in the meat section. She did.
Other stuff was a bit higher than in the chains we frequent, on the other side of the Little Bitty.
The final declaration was that Nichols will be like Trader Joe’s, a good place to have in the rotation but not a total replacement for Tops, Wegmans and Price Chopper.
Besides, says smart Karen, now she has the perfect mental image for this text: Honey, why don’t you run over to Nichols after work and pick up …
Do you frequent independent grocery stores or the chains? Do you stick to one place, or chase best-prices? What do you think of Nichols?