The Stampede Towards Buffalo Market
|Photos by Katharine Shilcutt|
|Whimsical cakes take the stage at the Buffalo Market's bakery|
|The wine section stocks 2,000 bottles of the good stuff|
While the 68,000-square-foot store may seem small in comparison to its larger sisters, its size seems ideal when considering the concept: a mixture of Central Market's offerings (like the popular Cafe on the Run) with an emphasis on fresh, organic produce with a standard grocery store side that allows you to pick up regular old Cheetos and toilet paper in the same trip. The aisles are wide, and the selection is vast for such a petite store. And the broad, gleaming windows let in remarkable amounts of light for such an energy-efficient store.
The store didn't go so far as to become LEED-certified (a long and brutal bureaucratic process if there ever was one), but has incorporated many LEED concepts. The butterfly roof collects rainwater and has reflective panels that deflect heat from the building. The Low E windows have a similar coating on them, which allows in light but not heat. Inside, similar efforts have been made to make the building as green as possible, such as motion sensor lighting in frozen food cases and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.
Upon opening, the store will stock not only more than 900 kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables (100 varities of which are organic), 500 types of cheese, and 2,000 bottles of wine, but it will also feature vast fish and meat counters as well as a sushi bar and bakery with custom offerings. Sushiya will offer fusion sushi, while the bakery will bake bread fresh each day -- never using frozen dough -- and create elegant, party-ready cakes for a steal (most are under $30).
|Over 500 varieties of cheese, y'all! I mean, come on!|
For more pictures of the store, check out our slideshow.