Posted Jan 4th, 2019 in Weekend Wish List
In simple terms, the word, “gourmet” is defined as a cultural ideal associated with the culinary art of fine food and drink. “Market” is where items are bought and sold. In the ten years since The Gourmet Market has operated on Front Street in Downtown Wilmington, the owner has offered specialized products and met the demand for an ever-changing variety of tastes and cultural norms.
If you are seeking a unique ingredient like black forbidden rice, you will find it here. You can also find unusual goods like bamboo bathroom tissue or trending products like Yerba Mate, a popular natural caffeine drink, or Kombucha, a fermented, sweetened black or green tea drink touted for its health benefits.
Donna Stamm, the store manager introduced goods like dried snack mixes sold by weight and foods with natural ingredients to cater to customers seeking a healthy lifestyle. Increased public awareness of allergies resulted in her expanding the range of foods further so you can buy organic, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free products here. There is even vegan ice cream! All the gourmet ice cream is home-made locally. The home-made fudge and baked goods also come from another local supplier and many of their other products are sourced from fair trade merchants.
Beyond specialty products, The Gourmet Market also sells a variety of convenience foods, sodas, wine, beer, cigars and pharmacy items. You can even get a hot drink made just how you like it, or you can pour your own coffee!
Good, consistent customer service is what Donna strives for. She says, “We love everybody and want to cater to everyone.” This was evident during Hurricane Florence when The Gourmet Market was one of only two downtown businesses that stayed open throughout the storm.
The shop is conveniently located within a short walking distance of the City and County parking decks where you can park for free for the first 90 minutes. There is also on-street parking on Front Street.
Official hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m. (often open 24hrs)
27 N Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401