Regulars here know that I dabbled in the grocery business years ago. It's one of those businesses that once it gets into your bloodstream, it's tough to get out. My favorite grocers were - and still are - the small, independent ones. I have a special affinity for IGA stores. There's just something out scrappy, independent underdog grocers that manage to hang on against the big guys. Grocery stores are the cradle of so many family traditions. People go to the grocery pushing carts of comfort. They go to the grocery to stock up on their favorite dessert, their Christmas morning breakfast, their Sunday pot roasts.
I don't go out nearly as much as I used to during this pandemic but I found myself in New Lebanon, Ohio, a tiny town west of Dayton, Ohio and we needed a few items...so when I saw Groceryland, I couldn't resist.
The store had a ton of small-town charm. It's aisles were packed on a Saturday afternoon with people pushing carts full of their favorite foods. The deli counter was steeped in the smell of freshly fried chicken. If you are a vegetarian you are probably out of luck here, but the meat department was stocked full of marbled meats, fresh cuts, and, yeah, it just reminded of a small-town grocery store frozen in the 1970s.
Groceryland does not appear to be part of a chain. Here are some photos I took while perusing the aisles:
The produce section was really nice. This wasn't a dumpy grocery store. I mean, it lacks a lot of flash, but it gets the job done.
Was happy to see Amish Wedding Foods brand here!
And Amish chicken!
I love their selection of grab and go meals.
And, apparently their "pineapple walnut delight" which is found in the deli section is "amazing." I didn't get a chance to try any of that....