Best Of 2018

Best way to support local businesses (and drink wine while you shop): LUCKY’S MARKET

Best way to support local businesses (and drink wine while you shop)

When Trader Joe’s first came to town, I was blown away. “If only,” I thought, “we could have a cocktail hour with our grocery shopping — things would be perfect.” You know where I’m going with this. Hello, Lucky’s Market. This grocer is cheaper than Publix (well, really, who isn’t?), and you can also buy loose veggies (buh-bye, plastic-wrapped foam trays). Best of all, if you bring your own bags, you can take the measly dime back or donate it to one of three local charities. Sure, to us, it’s a dime, but when we all donate those dimes, it adds up for places like CASA and St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Plus, yeah, you can get a two-buck wine (not named Chuck, either) to make shopping more relaxing. 6765 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. 727-302-9018, luckysmarket.com. —Cathy Salustri