Multiple locations; www.nuggetmarket.com
Nugget brags that it offers high-quality products AND low prices—a winning combination in these tough economic times (heck, in any times). Founded in 1926, this small, Woodland-based chain operates stores in Sacramento, Davis, Roseville, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove and West Sac. Shopping at Nugget is a pleasure, not a chore: Everything just looks so darn pretty (especially the beautifully displayed fresh produce). In addition to the usual supermarket offerings, each store has a juice and coffee bar, a “healthy living” department (for vitamins, supplements, and bath and body products) and a “restaurant within a store” that serves freshly prepared foods to eat there or take home. Nugget offers a host of events, from wine tastings to cooking classes and “family fun days.” Known for its progressive employment policies, the company has made Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 best companies at which to work for three years running.