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Detroit corner grocer keeps tradition fresh

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David Kirby and Caitlin James are out to prove there’s still a place for the traditional corner grocer.

Walk through the door of their Parker Street Market in Detroit’s West Village and you’re almost transported back in time. A wooden crate of organic apples — 85 cents each — sits on a windowsill next to a similar crate of $1.25 sweet potatoes.Standing across the 800-square-foot space, a hand-made shelf holds a plate of fresh peppers, oranges and eggplants, arranged like a painter’s still life.

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