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First Pics: Miss Lilia’s General Store opens at 12th and Dickinson

Miss Lilia’s General Store opened this week at 12th and Dickinson with most of its stock and a temporary sign.

Miss Lilia's General Store, 12th and Dickinson

Miss Lilia’s General Store, 12th and Dickinson

The term “general store” certainly describes the vibe in that you can get just about anything in the small corner grocery, from sandwiches and quinoa pasta to diapers and cleaning products.

We told a couple months back that it would be organic grocer (we put the over-under on opening at March 15, off by only three days). But some commenters who worried that it might cannibalize from Green Aisle around the corner need not be worried. The store has lots of room to grow if it’s going to be considered an organic grocer. So far, there’s a decent selection of produce, local honeys and a couple shelves of green or organic products.

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Much of the organic selection. Sorry for the blur, getting used to a new camera

Much of the organic selection. Sorry for the blur, getting used to a new camera

But most of the stock leans toward a standard corner deli at this point, with an added dash of Mexican flair (tortillas, dried chiles and herbs, tomatillos, etc). Owner Jessica Caldwell says she’s not yet completely stocked and that she’s open to suggestions.

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We also told you that she would be selling antique housewares and other old-timey items, and she’s delivered on that promise. The tops of the shelves are dotted with all sorts of decorations, kitchen scales, baking-goods containers – even a wicker fan. No prices that we could see, though, so they seem more like decorations.

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There is also coffee from a Bunn-style carafe made with a house-blended mixture of Caffe Galdiero beans, bagels and other pastries from Las Rosas near 8th and Morris. And candy. Tons of candy.

Caldwell said she also hopes to add ice cream, more sandwiches and outside seating. So, stop in, pick up a sandwich, and offer some friendly, neighborly constructive criticism.


4 Responses to First Pics: Miss Lilia’s General Store opens at 12th and Dickinson

  1. JoannaB March 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Looks great. Do you know the hours the store is open? Thanks.

  2. Anne March 19, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Here’s a suggestion: dust those shelves!

  3. lbc March 21, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Stopped in a few days ago and it seems like any other bodega product wise. Very few organic items. Campbells Soup, Chef Boyardee, tons of candy in Ikea jars trying to look old timey. Its a bit strangin there and doesnt seem like it has figured out what it wants to be. Comes across like a “pet project” and is trying to hard to be a cute little store without the product to support it.

    Hope it improves cause the location is great but the way it is now I cant see it lasting long.

    • Jessica April 4, 2013 at 12:19 am #

      Hey Joanna! The store is open from 7-9 Monday – Thursday, 7-10 Saturday and Sunday, and 8:30 – 9:30 on Sunday

      Hey Anne! Omg you must have caught us on an off moment, we definitely pride ourselves on keeping the store clean and orderly. Hope you’ll stop by and see us again!

      Hey ldc! We certainly appreciate the feedback and are absolutely in the growing phase. To me its really important to get an understanding for what the neighborhood needs and grow from there. Everytime someone makes a request for us to carry a product, we do our best to get it on the shelf asap. Since we’ve opened, we are continuing to add to the organic product we carry, expanded our produce line, and made additions to our deli selections. We’d love to hear any suggestions you might have!

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