Yes, there must be something special about Small City Market. Mike Cavalucchi has apparently discovered the magic.
Owners Cory and Hilary Foote bought Small City Market at it's old location, across the street, in 1998. They purchased the store from Harold and Ann Masterson.
"The business has continued to grow since 1998," said Cory, a 13th generation native Vermonter. "I had been in real estate before going into this business. I also worked in retail in the Middlebury area-I worked for several successful local businessmen such as Sam Lazarus, Tony Neri, Jimmy Farrell. I even owned a pizza shop in Middlebury.
"The community has been very supportive during our transition to the new store," he said. "I think our customers are pleased. While our old space was 1,275 square feet, the new store is 2,800 square feet plus storage area. A few customers have even joked telling us that they don't have to duck down coming inside the new front door."
The Footes wanted the new store to be comfortable and add something attractive to the cityscape of downtown that fits in. The interior decor, coordinated mostly by Hilary, reflects a modern New England style with a nod to the past. There's plenty of natural light illuminating the store via a beautiful, clerestory tower.
"We didn't want a typical convenience store which was all glass. Customers like to gather here. It's a bright place," Cory said. "Some folks were sad about us leaving the old location, because there was a store there since the 1870s, and it was a generational hub. But it was time for a new store."
The new store includes a cold beverage cave, an expanded white, red and blush wine selection, a larger delicatessen with an impressive take-out menu plus a variety of fresh New York-style brick oven pizzas that includes Cory's own tasty barbeque-chicken pizza.