Laura M. F.
The best little upscale market around. Not sure at all what another reviewer wrote about rude employees-Gene's has the most helpful; friendly staff EVER! Every one of them goes out of the way to help or to find/order items you need.
Because it's close to my house and because they carry a wide assortment of hard to find items, I shop there almost every day. All meat is USDA Choice or better-none of that "Select" or whatever weird euphemism the local stores choose to call their NOT USDA Choice stuff.Lots of fresh fish too, as well as buffalo etc.
The produce is also outstanding, fresh, and often very competitively priced. They carry local grown and harvested items such as tomatoes and mushrooms, and have recently expanded their organic section.If it's not on the shelf, they'll try to get it for you. And no, it's not dangerous for old people to shop there-if anything spills, they clean up promptly.(Old people trying to park-that's another story-watch out!!)
The deli is also nice and includes fresh sushi made on site to order as well as an assortment of lovely baked goods and hot and cold selections.HUGE wine assortment; ditto chocolate selections.Clean, homey, wonderful food and an outstanding staff make this my home away from home.
Since the initial reviews of this shop were written (back in '05), this store has really upped its emphasis on reptiles and reptile supplies. They offer a place in the back for children's parties too, and can bring an assortment of animals to schools and such.
They carry a wide assortment of bagged food as well as several harder to find varieties of frozen food, including raw diets for dogs and cats. They also carry plenty of items for your reptiles, including mice, mealworms and so forth. Check out the giant tortoises too.
The only downside-a bit stuffy and smelly from all the animals, though the owners seem to be making every effort to keep things clean.The physical building is older, which may make the place seem a bit dirtier than it is-worn linoleum etc. Helpful staff are willing to give good advice even if you didn't buy your pet there.Competativly priced;will special order items for you.