At Breaux Mart (citywide; www.breauxmart.com), hundreds of locally sourced products, including craft beer, coffee, jams and jellies line the shelves. All five Breaux Mart stores offer grocery staples, meats and produce, and each location is specific to its neighborhood.
"We continue to evolve and grow with the changing neighborhoods and provide good service to our neighborhoods," says owner Jay Breaux. "In Metairie, at that store, you're going to see a much larger selection of Hispanic and Latino goods. ... We're competitive [in price], but we take care of our individual neighborhoods."
Breaux Mart is family-owned and has been open for more than 40 years. Employees make a point to remember the names of regulars' children. Both Breaux and Jen Doyle, manager of the Magazine Street location, value the familial vibe.
"It's very tight-knit," Doyle says. "[The five managers] keep in close contact with each other."
The staff does its best to fill customer requests for specialty items.
"If a customer calls or comes in (and wants something we don't carry0, we definitely try to get that request," Doyle says. "I don't really see where we've ever had to deny anyone a request. We typically try to get it direct from the company. We have a few warehouses that we source from as well."
Store managers track down and stock local products their customers might like.
"I scope out farmers markets and things like that," Doyle says. "I went to the Covington Farmers Market. One company I found is Lolly Marie's [Chocolates]. [They make] chocolate caramel and it's to die for."
The Magazine Street location services 9,000 shoppers every week. It specializes in health-conscious and organic foods, in keeping with neighborhood residents' tastes. The store regularly hosts events like crawfish boils.
"We're moving in the right direction," Doyle says. "Modern with a little bit of classic."