Many of the businesses and restaurants, especially, that I like to frequent are small businesses. Small businesses that are run by individuals and families are the epitome of good service because they genuinely care to do the best they can to make their customers happy. Saturday, we decided to venture out to Plant City to visit my pal Xio at Parkesdale Farms to taste some of their fruits and other homemade goodness! – since I was enjoying an actual FULL rest day, shocker, I know!
Xio was sure to have out an assortment of pickled goodness, yummy jams and preserves, along with dips and dressings! Good thing we had a small breakfast! My favorite were the dill pickled brussel sprouts….yea, I said it. They came home with me along with tons of produce, picked artichokes, and coconut butter! (Tastes like the inside of an almond joy and all natural!)
Hubs had to sit on the strawberry throne: The Game of Berries.
We even got to try the pumpkin shake, yum! I’ve already tried the strawberry one, but hubs was a virgin…and drank it up in approximately 5.3 seconds. We ran into a few Tampa Bay Lady Blogger friends; Caroline and I super-shopped for our families for Christmas!
I’ve been wanting to visit my friend Cynthia over at The Corner Store for some time now, and thought today was the perfect opportunity since we were right down the road! We met Cynthia and her husband back at the Outback Yelp event and immediately knew they were cool peeps. They moved here from San Francisco & now own The Corner Store, which is perfectly located in the heart of downtown Plant City. She’d told me that they sell independently owned merchandise and also serve breakfast and lunch – consider my interest peaked!
I really dug the atmosphere and vibe inside The Corner Store! There was a very ‘homey’ feeling from the wooden walls and labels made from natural paper. The jars of spices and seasonings were all in apothecary jars which made the store feel like an old general store which fits perfectly in the downtown area of Plant City! The area where the kitchen was happened to be separate to look like a little wooden shack, which was also super cute. I could have stayed and hung out all day
The Chicken Greek wrap I tried was fantastic! It even came with pita chips and grapefruit!
Food made with love!
We had a great day with great food and awesome people at Parkesdale and The Corner Store – y’all know we’ll be back!
How do you support small businesses?