When I tell people from the suburbs that I live in downtown Detroit, one of the first questions they ask is always, “Where do you buy groceries?” I usually direct their attention to midtown’s two Spartan stores, Honey Bee La Colmena in Mexicantown and, of course, Eastern Market — all less than two miles away. I’ve had even more to brag about since Zaccaro’s Market opened in April. At the corner of Woodward and Watson, this specialty food market is just three blocks away from my Brush Park home and boasts an impressive selection of fine wines, deli meats and cheeses, fresh produce and baked goods, not to mention all of the brand name offerings of your typical Trader Joe’s. But that’s not all — in addition to being an inviting, upscale, neighborhood grocery store that highlights organic and local products, Zaccaro’s is also a café, serving gourmet coffees, savory paninis and fresh breakfast items like muffins and scones. Prepared meals like salads, pastas, rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, quiches and wraps are also available daily.
It’s not that all of these things weren’t available within city limits before — places like R. Hirt Jr. Co., Cost Plus Wine, Rocky Peanut Company, Avalon, University Foods and others have been filling these needs for years. What’s special about Zaccaro’s is that it’s all there under one roof, plus its prime location uniquely contributes to Detroit’s revitalization. “We’re in a transitional zone that has changed a lot over the last 15 years and we’re seeing it change for the better,” said Barbara Hathaway, Catering and Event Manager for Zaccaro’s. “There’s building going on, there’s people moving into this area and we’re really excited to be here. We think it’s a great way of supporting the city.”
Zaccaro’s is also getting involved in the community by hosting special events, like a recent rooftop fireworks party, gourmet cooking classes and booths in Eastern Market on Saturdays and at events like the Detroit Festival of the Arts.
But beyond just being part of the community, Zaccaro’s also finds ways to give back. “Any of the food that we don’t use, we give to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen,” Hathaway explained. “We are really big on recycling and using all green utensils and paper plates, as well. We are supporting the community in any way that we can.” | RDW
Zaccaro’s Market is at 3100 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
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