The Diaz duo decided to open the new pop-up shop after partnering with Jarrid Masse and Robyn Wilson of The Poor Porker, a specialty shop that started off as a beignet booth, whom they met 5 years ago at the Farmer's Market in Lakeland.
Now, The Corner Store will be located in a hub of other specialty shops that sell local and wholesale goods. and wholesale goods. Though the shops are located near each other, each shop is different. The Main Street spot includes food booths, pop-up shops and designer shop Bearcat & Big 6.
Joe and Cynthia Diaz are hoping to offer something new to Lakeland’s cultured palette, without the long lines of big-chain grocers.
“We’re really trying to claim that first gourmet grocer in Lakeland,” Joe Diaz said.
Cynthia Diaz equates the new store to going to a specialty boutique shop instead of a department store. Shop visitors can enjoy buying unique ingredients for their meals, such as whole vanilla beans and local pickles.
“(Items) won’t be found at larger corporate stores,” Cynthia Diaz said. “I specifically looked for things that Publix doesn’t carry.”
Though the new shop will continue to have the mantra of “Eat Well or Die,” Cynthia and Joe don’t view the shop as a health food store. It will not sell vitamins or supplements, but will focus on quality ingredients.
“The food is the medicine,” Joe Diaz said.
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IF YOU GO
The Corner Store, Lakeland
Offers gourmet and specialty foods not sold at its Plant City location. Local products such as honey, jams and jellies are available, as are dips, spreads, salads and sandwiches.
Where: 801 E. Main St.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday to Sunday