Spinelli's Market (credit: Andy McDonnell)

Colorado has plenty of large grocery chains but you’ll also find neighborhood gems and specialty stores tucked all over the Denver metro area, including Marczyk’s Fine Foods, the Pacific Mercantile Company, Spinelli’s Market and Tony’s Market. The stores cater to specialized tastes but also offer personalized service, even when there is more than one store in the business.

Marczyk's Fine Foods (credit: Alex Ruiz)

Marczyk’s Fine Foods

770 East 17th Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80203
(303) 894-9499

From the Friday night barbecues that fill all of 17th Avenue with a savory smell to the liquor store in the same parking lot, Marczyk’s has quickly become a favorite spot for the Uptown neighborhood. The store itself offers plenty of fresh produce and meats along with a deli packed full of cheeses.

Pacific Mercantile Company (credit: Young Kim)

Pacific Mercantile Company

1925 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 295-0293

George Inai opened his store in 1944 and it is still a family-owned business. The store offers the essential ingredients for Asian cooking and plenty of ready-to-eat favorites. Keep an eye out for fresh arrivals and plenty of sales. Plus if you love all things Asian, you’ll find lots of gift ideas from sake sets to tableware to Lucky Cat. Also looks for many varieties of tea.

Spinelli's Market (credit: Andy McDonnell)

Spinelli’s Market

4621 E 23rd Ave.
Denver, CO 80207
(303) 329-8143

Jerry & Mary Ellen Spinelli took their time opening a market in the heart of the Park Hill neighborhood, allowing it to grow as neighbors discovered all it had to offer. The Spinelli’s employ a chef which means you can grab a home-cooked meal for the whole family or award-winning sandwiches. It also has it’s own brand of sauces, all made without any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. A market to make the whole family shout “Buon Appetito!”

Tony's Market (credit: Paul Harris)

Tony’s Market

Various locations

Tony’s began as a family endeavor in 1978 when the first Tony’s market opened in a closed 7-11 on Dry Creek Road. Today there are four Tony’s locations throughout the metro area. The stores offer a wide variety of gourmet foods as well as a deli and plenty of tasty olives. Be sure to check out the Culinary Club to get discounts and you can sign up for twice a week emails packed full of Tony’s favorite recipes. (Do beware the small cookies, the CBS4 newsroom has found them to be addictive.)

– By Raetta Holdman, CBS4 producer