The spread of big box department stores selling everything from fresh flowers to pajamas and groceries has driven the small, neighborhood grocery store out of business in all but a few cases.
In Casper, the Grant Street Grocery will celebrate 100 years of plucky existence during the week of September 11-15. Located at Grant Street and Divine Avenue near downtown Casper, the recently-remodeled store has all kinds of pantry foods, described by co-owner Lindsey Grant as those items that aren’t perishable and that can be kept on a shelf until needed. These include cookies, crackers, pasta, sauces, seasonings and other specialty items.
Grant said the store has an outstanding barista and they sell "the best coffee in Casper. We want to educate customers about different coffees and how to make them to enjoy the best flavors.” The store brings Corvus coffee from Denver.
What’s unique about Grant Street Grocery? Grant says it is the "variety of products that will not be found in other stores." She said they have cut-to-order cheeses in the cooler as well as take-and-bake dinners. One dinner this week was Roasted Red Bird Chicken Breast with ginger carrot quinoa. Another entree is ginger lime whole roasted chicken with curry vegetable brown rice. A third menu item is honey roasted salmon on baby greens with sweet mustard vinaigrette, croutons and hard boiled eggs. Many items can be made gluten free for those with food allergies.
And, if you just want a nice breakfast, a current offering is a breakfast burrito with bacon, egg and cheese with a side of guacamole. A choice variety of sandwiches is available for lunch. Dinners are sold Tuesday through Friday; lunch sandwiches every day.
The store underwent a complete renovation earlier this year, causing some oncern about neighbors and customers that the store would be turned into something lse. It’s a well-done renovation with the highlight an original 1918 sign that was Discovered and restored and now occupies a prominent wall space inside the store..
Grant said the Grant Street Grocery serves a statewide clientele. She spoke at a recent Casper Rotary Club meeting and during the question and answer period former Governor Mike Sullivan noted that his family has shopped at Grant Street for 48 years.
There’s also a meat department with a skilled butcher carving meat to the customer’s specifications. The store employs six full-time people and occasional interim employees as needed. The renovation included adding outdoor seating for eating and events that will be held on occasion.
The current owners, in addition to Grant, are Doug and Susan Holmes and Del and Terry Johnson, pretty much neighbors to the store.
For more information go towww.grantstgrocery.com.