Follow the Bison to… Market District!

As promised, Jessica and I returned to the new Market District in Solon last week to do a mega shop of normal and specialty groceries!

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

We’re huge fans of the Market District brand and always stop by when we’re in Pittsburgh or Columbus, so it’s nice to finally have such a great store in Cleveland. Here’s a better look into what you’ll find at the Solon Market District, including some of our favorites (so far) —

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Quite a store, huh? We snagged this panorama from the little upstairs dining area located right above the prepared foods section. It’s kind of a nice alternative to the usual busy/crowded dining area you’ll find in a grocery store with an eatery.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

The prepared foods section of Market District is like having a bunch of restaurants all in one place, everything from burgers and fries to pizza and BBQ. It makes one-stop shopping even better because you can grab something fresh and made-to-order for dinner while you’re picking up some groceries.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

The sushi station is one of our favorite sections in the new Market District. For grocery store sushi, it’s literally the best around. And if you don’t see something you like (which is hard to imagine with all of the unique combos they’ve got), the sushi chefs are more than happy to make a custom roll for you.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

This antipasti bar is just one of many well-stocked mix-and-match bars available in the prepared foods area. It’s not too often you see such a colorful, clean station with so much variety – we saw everything from fried chicken and pasta to grape leaves and mixed greens.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

This pre-cut veg station is pretty cool too – honestly half the time you spend in the kitchen is cutting up ingredients in preparation for your meal, so it’s awesome that Market District is helping the average shopper to cut out all of that busy work.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

The Market District bakery has everything from the basics like bagels and muffins to specialty cakes and breads.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

We thought it was particularly nice to see that some of their specialty sliced breads – like this Tuscany bread – literally went from the oven to the shelf. The bread was still soft and warm when we picked it up (so warm, in fact, it steamed up the bag a little!).

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

Among the miscellaneous goodies in the bakery, we picked up some gourmet ranch-flavored popcorn, banana-berry roasted almonds (which were hard not to eat in one sitting), a great variety of mini-cupcakes, and dessert breads.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

Market District’s seafood department is one of the cleanest, freshest sections I’ve ever seen. They really have such nice products and a wide variety —

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

In addition to their regular seafood, this department has a lot of whole fish options available to purchase, which is a different, much appreciated alternative.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

I was happy to see their seafood (and meat) department stocked with so many specialty options available, like alligator and frog legs. Though not everyone knows what to do with them, I like using those kinds of products a lot and the more places that have them the easier they are to find, so I’m pretty excited.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

Market District has an incredible cheese section with varieties from all over. The employees in the cheese department probably were the nicest and most knowledgeable that we encountered in the store. Also sculptures like this, to me, make shopping trips fun.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

Speaking of dairy, we were happy to find one of the largest organic and non-dairy/milk alternatives sections we’ve ever seen.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

I’m not gonna lie, I got jazz hands happy to see this sign. I did place an order for some specialty eggs, but unfortunately they dropped the ball and lost it (but I’m not going to hold it against them considering it’s only the first week).

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

The Market District beer section is huge and has a nice balance of old favorites and new must-try ales. The build-your-own 6-pack option is particularly awesome not only because you can, literally, build your own 6-pack, but there are so many microbrews to choose from – no need to get stuck with the usual suspects like Bud and Miller.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

Jessica loves her pumpkin beers, so she was really, really excited to see the huge seasonal selection.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

This store has a really great bulk section. There are a lot of unique items available – like specialty mushrooms (that are pricey but worth it) – as well as products that are just better when fresh, like nut butters and honeys.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

In addition to some excellent bulk coffees, Market District has great bulk teas as well. A lot of them are organic and you can smell the flavor combos from around the corner.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

Funky oils and vinegars are super popular right now, so it’s great that Market District has so many available, everything from traditional options to fun flavors like peach and fig.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

There’s plenty of regular produce to choose from at Market District but lots of specialty items too, like international treats and bulk vegetable selections.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

Market District has plenty of healthy/eco-friendly health and beauty aid products like the Zum Bar soaps, which was another plus. Not something you can pick up at just any grocery store!

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

Their flower department is also something special, with neat bouquets like this one. The variety means you can get a beautiful bouquet without having to go to an expensive independent flower shop.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

We liked to see the cooking class/demonstration going on while we shopped. There’s a television screen above the station so a larger audience can participate, which is another bonus.

Local Review: Market District in Solon, OH | theblueberrybison.com

Last but not least, we really loved seeing so many local names and brands at Market District. We heard a lot of chatter online about what Market District would mean for local businesses, but it’s obvious from just walking through the store that they’re keeping the community in mind and aren’t looking to be another faceless big chain.

We did receive a gift card to check out the new store, but all opinions here are 100% our own. We really love MD that much! Stay tuned for plenty of follow-up posts with delicious meals we’re working on thanks to all the ingredients we picked up from Market District. So far on the menu, we’re thinking of pink lemon chili-dusted frog legs and maybe some alligator tacos? Hmmm….

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