Since last July, when Will and Christy Shuff took over the lease of the scruffy convenience store across from Mirror on 12th Avenue, residents of the 12 South neighborhood have been eagerly awaiting the results of the construction taking place inside. On Monday, Jan. 26, Will Shuff opened the doors to the brand-new 12th South Market & Deli. “We didn’t have the deli up and going yet, but people had been literally banging on the door to get in,” he reports, still a little frazzled in his second week of business. “I told customers if it had a price on it, they could buy it.”
The deli was fully operational by last Thursday, though it is, says Shuff, a work in progress, as is the market. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the store is stocked with gourmet specialty products, conventional items like milk and butter, and emergency pick-ups such as small packages of diapers. (The Shuffs are also new parents.) There are prepacked dinners such as pot pies and baked pastas in the cooler case from locally owned ChefWorks, sweets and pastries from Pat Hicks, Bongo Java coffee and Provence bread. Beverages include Orangina and boutique beers.
The deli, serving 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with limited breakfast items earlier), has a menu of hot and cold sandwiches, panini, entrée salads and side salads. Thuman’s meats and cheeses are also sliced and sold by weight. There are eight tables for eating in, and the store has an on-site beer permit. In time, Shuff plans to stay open later in the evening. There is a certain irony, he acknowledges, to the timing of his opening and Corner Market’s closing. “You know, it was growing up with a Corner Market that made us love this kind of place,” he says. “They really led the way. I am grateful for what they did and sorry to see them close.”
12th South Market & Deli is at 2318 12th Ave. S. Phone: 463-7552.