This morning I was going to talk about a wine tasting event tomorrow night (and I still will) when it occured to me to ask myself why I am so enamored with this particular local business. It was easy to pinpoint, once I put my mind to it: the Oldtown Market in Old Orcutt reminds me of the little hometown market a few blocks from where I grew up, in Topeka, Kansas!
A Saturday Morning Tradition
I can practically map out my childhood based on food. My mother was a true Virgo, with household duties scheduled carefully to the point they were done by rote and routine. Today’s example: every Saturday morning I went to Tichenor’s with her to do the weekly grocery shopping, and when we came home, we baked a cake! Often the cake was from scratch, but as Betty Crocker (I’m sure it was Betty, not Duncan!) started to develop many varieties of cake mix flavors, Mother apparently decided they were worth testing in her kitchen too! In any case, we invariably had a fresh cake for Saturday night dessert (and Sunday and Monday) — and like her other routines, supper on Saturdays were very often steaks for mom and dad, and hamburgers for us kids!! (Someday I’ll tell you about the Sunday routine, as that was one of the most special days of the week for me, all revolving around breakfast, lunch and dinner!!)
A New Saturday Tradition
Mark and Wendy Steller’s Oldtown Market triggers that childhood memory of so many Saturdays, so long ago, because their neighborhood market is small, and family owned and operated. It’s a jewel in our little village of Old Orcutt! Like a country store, it has more functions than just canned goods on the shelf: there is a terrific little deli section where you can get a fresh sandwich tailor-made just for you; there are Wendy’s antiques available for purchase in her upstairs attic shop as well as throughout the store; there are locally crafted items, such as beautiful hand-painted wine glasses — ah yes, and then there is Steller’s Cellar! Mark has the best selection (and prices) of wine in the Santa Maria Valley! On Saturday nights, he has wine tastings that are casual, fun and informative for only $8 per person!
Saturday, November 5, 5:00 – 8:30pm, 405 E. Clark
This Saturday evening Mark is presenting five tremendous pours from the Kendall Jackson Estate local umbrella, all on the affordable side, and he reports that all but one will make a great pairing with Thanksgiving Turkey (one is better with prime rib, per Mark) ! Two of the featured wines are my personal favorites: Cambria Wine Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 and Byron Wines 2009 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir. Good anytime, no need to wait for Thanksgiving Dinner!!
Support Local Business
Now you have several good reasons to support a local business, and you can combine at least two of them for a very pleasant Saturday afternoon! Save your grocery shopping for later in the day, and after you’ve finished, get on into the wine tasting room! Who knows, you might start your very own weekend tradition!
For a trip down memory lane, visit the Oldtown Market in Old Orcutt. For friendly real estate advice and to buy or sell a home, please support your local Realtor and call me at (805)937-5777 or send me an email and we’ll get started! Remember, there is no place like home!