I live in a real small rural town, in San Diego county, there isnt much going on around here. This town is so small we dont even have our own police or fire department. The only major stores we have around here, are Vons and Albertsons (and the various famous fast food chains). Its mainly a lot of mom and pop shops, etc.
We just had a great little market open up right down the street from us. Its called Harvest Farms Market. Its very small, in comparison to all the chain markets, but they have weekly sales. And their every day prices are very comparable to the chain stores...most of the time even cheaper!
They have great deals on meat of all kinds, great produce, friendly knowledgeable staff. They even have an in store "restaurant" that has some pretty decent food at good prices.
This place has just replaced most of the other stores I used to shop at...why go to another town to get one or two items, when its all right here?!!
We had a chili cookoff this past weekend, and I found every thing I needed right here in this store, and I paid a lot less than the major chains, and I didnt have to waste gas travelling to another town to get everything.