Starting on January 15th, Lucky’s Market will be bringing fresh quality groceries to downtown Columbia.
Housed in the old Osco Drug building near the corner of Providence and Broadway, Lucky’s Market is an independently owned and operated grocery store with a mission for supplying fresh, local, quality ingredients.
Lucky’s was started in 2003 by chefs and food lovers Bo and Trish Sharon in Boulder, Colorado. The pair’s mission was to create “a grocery store with a genuine, personal touch that offered quality products at an affordable price.” Lucky’s has grown to include three stores in Colorado and Ohio. Columbia will be Lucky’s fourth store opening and its first in Missouri.
Lucky’s Market emphasizes local, sustainable, and traditionally crafted foods. Owners Bo and Trish say they welcome local farmers, vendors, and artisans with open arms.
Lucky’s website is full of food philosophy, with part of their mission statement saying, “Food brings us together, beckons to our beliefs and speaks to our character. It fuels us and creates important opportunities to gather, talk, and enjoy one another for those treasured moments spirited away from hectic schedules.”
The store has four main departments: produce, meat and seafood, deli, and natural living. Their produce department touts local, organic, and value-driven products. In Colorado, Lucky’s even has their own quarter-acre plot near their store where they work with their employees and other farmers to learn about the best farming and growing techniques.
In their meat and seafood department, Lucky’s focuses on quality natural and sustainable products. They choose to work with farms whose animals are never treated with growth hormones or antibiotics, and never fed with animal by-products. Seafood is delivered fresh daily, with all fish on an “as-available” basis, so only the best and freshest fish is for sale. If you want a specific fish or cut, the meat and seafood department also takes orders for exactly which products you want most. The meat department is also a full service butcher and offers sausages, nitrate-free bacon, and smoked ribs and chicken all made in-house.
Lucky’s deli department offers chef-quality products and prepared foods with house-roasted meats. The deli also offers a range of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options. Their deli changes frequently, offering a variety of different seasonal items — everything from a quick snack to fully prepared meals.
One of the more unique parts of Lucky’s Market is their natural living section. This department will offer supplements, health food, body and health care, as well as a knowledgable staff to help you along the way. Their natural living department will also feature demonstrations, samples, and sales to help you get on the right track to good health.
Lucky’s Market will also have traditional grocery items, as well as a wine and spirits section. The store officially opens on January 15th and will have special sales and giveaways for its grand opening celebration.
Tyler Fine is part web intern, part journalism student, and part barista. Somehow, she's pulling it off so far.