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Profile: Milk & Honey Market

Milk & Honey Market, Baltimore, MD

Dana Valery built the store’s selection with a Venn diagram of her customer base in mind. “I look for the locavore customer, I look for the gourmet customer, I look for the convenience customer,” she says. “A product that fits into all those categories is great, but not everything is going to.” With these criteria, Valery has established a strong emphasis on organic and local products; nearly three-quarters of the stock bears one or both of these qualities. But labels aren’t everything: Valery often looks to the source to gauge a productRead more …

Profile: Le Beau Market

Le Beau Market, San Francisco

“It’s easy to look good when you’re selling what’s in season,” says Omran, whose enthusiasm for peak-season fruits borders on religious piety. And with good reason: he sources produce that leaves customers anticipating it year-round, such as heirloom apples from Devoto Gardens in the North Bay Area. Read more …

Five Companies Giving Back

“I would like to think that, given the option, if somebody could eat chocolate that was delicious, that is as indulgent as it gets, but know that it actually comes from farmers who own their little piece of land or who are able to care for their families—that that’s going to taste better to them.” Read more …

Profile: Artfully Chocolate/Kingsbury Confections

An air of sophistication is palpable in ACKC, bolstered by the quality of products, the art and the store’s atmosphere and appearance. While bold décor and Nelson’s original artworks appear in all three locations, the D.C. shop is tailored more for romantic allure. “You walk in and you kind of have a feel of adventure or romance,” Nelson says. Brightly painted walls are accented by Nelson’s equally bold and bright original artworks, all of which are for sale—right down to the café tables. “That helps us quite a bit in the financial aspect,” he adds. Read more …

Shrinking Products for Foodservice

Single-serve foods are a staple of the travel and luxury industries, whether it’s special airplane snacks and drink mixers, smaller products for the hotel room minibar or grab-and-go promotional items at spas or country clubs. As national interest continues its shift toward better-quality food products and ingredients, many foodservice clients want to upgrade their offerings and are reaching out to specialty food companies. Read more …

Outstanding Retailer Awards

Across the lot, a Trader Joe’s is soon to open, but Zubay doesn’t see it as competition. “They have nice produce so you can run over and get that,” she says, “but when you want to finish it off with an amazing olive oil, then you come and see me.” Read more …

Promoting Hometown Passions

Hodge’s goal is to deliver the atmosphere and wonder that comes with the idea of a candy shop. “It sparks something in the mind of people, and you can’t let 
them down,” he says. “If you’re putting up a sign that says Candy Store, that’s sort of a contractual agreement with the public consciousness.” Read more …

Inspiration for Innovation

Raja found studies showing that colon cancer rates in populations that eat around 500 milligrams of turmeric daily are 10 times lower than in those that don’t. He then recognized that turmeric is all but nonexistent in the Western diet. Read more …