Even if the weather outside is frightful, there’s something so romantic about stopping by your corner store to pick up dinner (and maybe a hot chocolate?) to go. These gourmet groceries make the prospect easy, with everything from robust sandwiches to fixins’ for a fancy cheeseboard. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Stop here for Southern faves like Brunswick stew or a whole pan of cornbread. Bonus: Your order helps fund owner Harrison Keevil’s #feedvirginia project, a partnership with Arc of the Piedmont that provides free meals to the food-insecure. 703 Hinton Ave., 989-7648
Nab a pint of curried chicken salad, a fresh loaf of bread, and a bottle of wine to go from this country grocer, but don’t forget to order a Blue Slate for the road: smoke turkey, havarti, lettuce, tomato and ancho-lime mayo on country bread. Yum. 6701 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet, (540) 456-6431
A true grocery store in that you can find produce, cleaning supplies, and cat food in its aisles, MSM also stocks an extensive selection of wine and beer. And don’t forget the finishing touch: a bag of peanut butter cookies (with Hershey’s kisses in the middle!) from Free Union’s Mission Home Bakeshop. 400 E. Market St., 293-3478
This midtown butcher shop is all about the meat, from nose to tail. You’ll find local, grass-fed or pasture-raised meat in its cases, plus plenty of stuff to doctor up your dish when you get it cookin’, like Maldon sea salt or even Texas Pete. 709 W. Main St., 244-2480
The name says it all: Stop here for tastes from around the world, from sweet treats to ground coffee. But don’t skip over the local stuff, too. Foods (as we townies call it) stocks favorites like MarieBette baguettes, Caromont Farm cheese, Goodwin Creek Farm eggs, and more. 2121 Ivy Rd., 296-6131
Okay, this one isn’t technically a grocery store, but we like to stop in for a take-home treat, just the same: cheeseboards. The downtown shop assembles a delicious one, and they’ll even recommend a bottle of wine (which you can also find there on the shelves) for pairing. 406 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 566-0777