Seven Things To Know About Clifton Market:
The opening of Clifton Market was highly anticipated, and it has turned out to be better than we imagined. There’s much that’s unique about the store, and after I started this blog entry I started remembering other things (Clifton Market can now accept EBT and SNAP benefits, the store sources a high percentage of products locally, the hours are 7am to midnight seven days a week) that also bear mention, but one thing (well, seven things) at a time:
#1 – There’s a café at the front of the store, where you can sit and chat with friends or read a book or people watch. It’s called the Busy Bee Café, in memory of the restaurant that used to be across the street. As the café makes clear, Clifton Market is more than just a store; it’s a gathering place with a real sense of community.
#2 – Clifton Market sells bulk foods.
#3 – It has a walk-in beer cave.
#4 – The butcher shop does everything in-house, with its own cut room. Some of their best-sellers are marinaded pork chops and chicken, and salmon. Some of the more exotic fare included bison and wild boar.
#5 – Clifton Market has a drop-off and pick-up location for dry cleaning, making the store that much more convenient.
#6 – Clifton Market has its own sushi chef.
#7 – It’s a the only grocery co-op in Cincinnati. A couple things worth noting: you do not have to buy a share in order to shop at Clifton Market, and if you’re still interested, you can still buy shares. The fact that it’s a co-op underscores the sense of community that we associate with the store. So while we were sorry to see Keller’s IGA leave, the community involvement in connection with Clifton Market has added something extra to both Clifton and Cincinnati.