It's a good thing as long as you're constantly working with the people to help them understand the whole picture, and they believe it," Sickles says.
Maybe one department will grow 5% and another department 10%, and anything over the top of that we split," Sickles says.
Last fall Sickles invited Ariane Daguin, CEO and founder of D'Artagnan, the specialty foie gras and meat purveyor, to conduct a demo of her products.
Each October, Sickles hosts its apple pie baking contest.
Last year Sickles netted over $83,000 for the charity through the pie-baking contest and a wine and cheese party/auction benefit, in which Sickles teams with vendors like D'Artagnan and Perona Farms smoked salmon for a tasting demonstration.
It's easy to see why shoppers enjoy attending charity functions--and doing everyday shopping--at Sickles Market.
In addition to its home-grown tomatoes, blackberries and raspberries, the market sources from the few remaining local farms as well as getting two deliveries a week from the Philadelphia Produce Market, where Sickles deals with dozens of individual vendors to get the best quality product.
In a place like ours, people always pretty much assume you're a little expensive, but honestly I think we match up when it comes to quality," Sickles says.
Service meats are merchandised from a four-foot case, but Sickles plans to expand the case as part of an upcoming remodel.
It was written up in Savor Magazine," Sickles says.
Sickles gets most of his dry grocery from General Trading, although he is contemplating switching to Bozzuto's.
We introduced these items because if people want to come here and get all of their good Sickles stuff, they can still get some of their regular stuff that they need, which might make them default to us instead of going to the A & P," Sickles says.