It was always fun to stop by the Katama General Store on the way to South Beach during the Summer months. Grab a bite to eat, maybe something to drink, and then on you went. However, now I feel like the Katama General Store is a destination, and I am kind of in love.
Owners Jackie and Doug Korell, have created a whole new Katama General Store. A brand new building that boasts an open modern farmhouse feel that makes you want to shop and stay.
The store is well stocked and very easy to shop. The Katama Larder has a great selection of prepared sandwiches and salads ready to grab and go or take to the fabulous, huge porch that’s sprinkled with awesome Adirondack rocking chairs. Over the years, the prepared foods at the store have become staples for a lot of people, making life easier and of course more tasty.
I grabbed a curried chicken salad wrap, a bag of my favorite Torres potato chips, and iced coffee and headed to the porch. Here, I nestled in, and dove into my latest Summer read, enjoyed my lunch, and enjoyed a little people watching. The experience was really relaxing, and has me thinking about the next time I can enjoy that porch.
The store is also perfect for stocking up on essentials too. There’s beautiful produce, lots of which is from the Katama General Store’s own garden. The heirloom tomatoes looked particularly delicious. You can grab some fruit, veggies, bread, milk, OJ, lemonade, things that you need on hand. The general store comes through – no need to brave the bigger stores if you need these things. An added Summer bonus for sure.
You will also find a nice assortment of specialty items too, like gourmet cheeses, meats, and such. A perfect place to stop and set yourself up for delicious apps or treats for those come “potlucks” we see all Summer.
In addition to these provisions, there is a well curated selection of beer and wine which is so convenient for Katama residents and beach goers, eliminating the need to go into town. I even have to mention that the prices are competitive too – the least expensive place I have found for the very popular Summer rose, Summer Water.
There are pastries and the Katama General Store breakfast sandwich you can add to your coffee order in the morning if you like. I can imagine that the porch is quite the scene in the morning. A lot of reconnecting, seeing Summer friends, and a nice slow way to welcome another great Island Summer day.
And in Katama General Store style, I always love searching through the fun unique things, there are some great non-food items that are really fun. Jackie and her team have picked some really fun home accessories and other things that will tempt their way into your life.
Don’t forget to check out the flower bouquets – perfect hostess gifts or a little something special for yourself!
The Katama General Store is no longer, a quick stop. Well it can be, but this new store is definitely more a destination, place to savor and spend some time, making Katama even more fun. I thought I would miss the small, quaint version, but the new one is bigger and better. Congratulations Jackie and Doug on making something good even better! I like the added parking too.
Guinevere’s Note: Not to worry, the old phone both is still there!
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