Food Stuff

Illustration By Conrad Garcia

In this era of warehouse behemoths, the small, independent grocer seems to be going the way of the buggy whip. But , founded in 1962, should have no problem holding its own. The store still has the old-fashioned attribute of personal service; the staff knows the customers and still makes deliveries for the elderly. Yet, to show that it’s not stuck in a time warp, Taylor’s continually upgrades its product line. The store recently installed a display case for dry-aging prime rib, Peet’s Coffee has found a place on the shelves, organically grown veggies have entered the produce section, and the wine selection puts most supermarkets to shame. Taylor’s even has a Web site, where you can order a top-drawer gift basket that can be shipped wherever you’d like. No relic of a bygone era, Taylor’s Market is looking stronger than ever in the 21st century. 2900 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 443-6881,