“I’ve always been one to want to deal with local people. The big boys don’t need it all you know? You’ve got to take care of the people around you.”

Dan Simpson, Utica

“For one thing, Kroger is so big we can’t find anything. I can go in [Utica Hometown Market] blindfolded and find everything I need. We don’t go to Walmart. You’ve got the dollar store with their frozen section, but their food – it’s not the same. [We can’t] imagine not having a local place [like the market]. We come here and get buns and we buy, you know, here-and-there stuff. Utica has always had a grocery store. I hope they don’t shut the doors. [We have friends and family] who work here and we don’t want to see them lose their jobs.”

Jeff Beckholt, Utica

“[It’s important] to keep everything here (in Utica) that is here. Utica is like down-home. It’s down-home – it is. [To not support local business] would mean a loss of jobs for those lovely people in [the market]. I know everyone of them in there by their first name and they know me by my first name and if I miss a day it’s ‘Nori where you been? Are you alright?’ You know what I mean? They’re lovely, lovely, lovely. Utica’s just that way, they’re down-home.”

Nori Mick, Utica

“I don’t want to have to drive all the way to Newark to pick up WIC (formula) for my 16-month-old baby. Sue Araca is wonderful and so kind. She adopted me … we’re neighbors and she leans on me and I lean on her and I just love it down here. You can’t get meat anywhere else. You know the only place in town to get meat is [the market]. You know, a quick trip to the Hometown Market real fast. Bing. Bang. Boom. You’re done.”

Brandy Tanner, Utica

“[It’s important to me to shop locally] because I don’t like driving all the way to Newark or Mount Vernon. I’m a senior and I just love to come [to Hometown Market] and get stuff. [I get] vegetables and like pineapples, cantaloups, their chicken one pot little dishes. [I can’t find] vegetables and fresh fruit [anywhere else] unless you go to the orchard and they don’t carry all that stuff. The (Hometown Market) is convenient you know. If you forget something it’s like ‘Oh! Here they are.’”

Nancy Humberston, Utica

“[It’s important] to support our local businesses. We own a business (Utica Animal Care Center) here in town so it’s important, I think, to support local businesses. We always try to keep our funds local. Gotta keep this small town going somehow.”

Angela Ramseyer, Utica


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