Okay. Forgive me if I rave a little. Food stores and food shopping are a minor—okay, major— obsession with me. Grocery shopping is right up there with art museums and restaurants when it comes to Mary-style tourism—it tends to mystify whomever I'm married to.
So my opening day tour of the new Harmons Emigration Market left me a bit giddy. (Note: So giddy that when I posted this I neglected to mention, for those who don't know, that Emigration Market is at 1706 E. 1300 South. ) The wonderful old sign is brighter than ever, and the store behind it is brilliant, from the Ibis Caffe and housemade gelato bar (along with Harmons superb bread, delivered daily from the Bangerter Crossing store) at the threshold to the special carts for holding pedestrians' shopping bags.
Everything you love about Harmons is there, and more: fresh-made sandwiches and soups and a case full of fresh entrees and take-out; housemade sushi (today, courtesy of Kuyler and Brynn) pastries and even potato chips; prime aged and fresh beef (with custom lighting to make it look especially appealing), local vegetables and fantastic fruit (organic on the top shelves so the water from the mister doesn't drip from conventional to organic.)
Not only the way the produce is displayed, but the way it's labeled (by an in-store artist) lets you know the care that's taken with the fruits and veg.
But in a larger sense, this store is more impressive than its peers and that's largely because of its smaller size. This necessitates taller shelves, so a cozier feel, but it also means it fits snugly into its neighborhood, and helps create a sense of community.
This afternoon, kids were stopping by for ice cream after school, and people parked their dogs while they shopped, in a special shaded area just for them. (Note: Being a cat fancier, I always wonder why there's no area for felines...)
Not to quibble. If your dog gets thirsty, there's a water fountain just for canines.