Best Mom-and-Pop Market: Where regulars buy groceries on credit
Santa Fe Market
Santa Fe Market 155 W. Richmond Ave., Richmond, 510-234-2409
The mom is Marie Peckham, the pop is husband Bob, and their little gem of a market is perfect for the "village" that is Point Richmond -- that corner of the city between the 580 freeway and the bay, a tiny enclave most folks just cruise past on their way to Marin. The heart of the Point is its small community feel, and nowhere is that more evident than at the Santa Fe, where regulars run a tab (and a few of the more senior ones even get their groceries delivered), and where a bulletin board in the back provides a forum for everything from voicing local concerns to finding a dog walker. For those actually looking for groceries, the market's selection offers a reliable reflection of the village residents themselves: a little funky, a little yuppie, a little normal -- with a full butcher counter and nice wine inventory to boot! Grab a Häagen-Dazs bar or a Moon Pie, take a rest on one of the wicker sofas out front, and you won't miss the Point.