ENCINITAS— Lazy Acres Natural Market grand opened at 150 Encinitas Boulevard this past weekend. First founded in Santa Barbara, the store sells organic produce, grassfed meat, fresh fish and grocery items as well as craft beer and wine. There's also a juice juice and smoothie bar, a satellite Pannikin Coffee shop and a large prepared food department that features everything from an all-organic salad bar and a pizza station to a scratch-bakery and a Mexican food bar. A live observation beehive is the centerpiece of the Bee Department, which carries a selection of natural bee products, and an on-site culinary classroom will host cooking classes for kids and adults.
CLAIREMONT— The second area location for Asian grocery chain 99 Ranch Markets almost up and running. Mmm-Yoso spotted a sign posted at the new market (5950 Balboa Avenue) that indicates it will soft open this Thursday, October 20 with a grand opening scheduled for Saturday, October 22. 99 Ranch Market also has a third location planned for Chula Vista at 505 Telegraph Canyon Road.
CITY HEIGHTS— The organizers of BLVD Market, El Cajon Boulevard's monthly outdoor night food market, have launched Fair@44, a new weekly international market that runs every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 4350 El Cajon Boulevard. The project is a collaboration between local non-profit organizations and features vendors offering cuisine from around the world plus live music and entertainment.