Mondo Market, which began as a specialty food website, blossomed into a neighborhood bodega concept with two Denver locations. The newest store is now open at the Stanley Marketplace and the original store is located at The Source in RiNo.
Nicolas Farrell and Michael Davis, owners of Mondo Market, feel their stores work best in a community marketplace setting. The market offers food options fortified with knowledge about the ingredients and origins of their products, including hand-selected and curated selections of cheeses, meats, prepared foods, made-to-order sandwiches, and grocery items sourced locally and globally.
A window into the walk-in cooler showcases an array of meats and cheeses displayed in the “beautiful tradition” of the markets Farrell admired during his travels in Spain and Italy. With a full kitchen on-site, prepared foods are made fresh daily. Customers can also purchase local eggs, milk, yogurt, sliced meat, fresh bread and cheese to take home.
Farrell and Davis agree that a knowledgeable staff is vital to offering their customers a great experience. “One of our cheese counter employees is also a sommelier and can offer suggestions for ideal cheese and wine parings,” Davis explains. Customized charcuterie trays are prepared by asking the customer questions about their preferences. “Listening to our customers is one of the most important things we do,” says Farrell. Custom catering orders are available by calling ahead.
Farrell emphasizes that keeping prices in line with other grocers is important. “We don’t want to be prohibitively expensive,” he says. “Our price point and high quality encourages regular customers.”
Mondo Market believes in the collaborative ethos of the Stanley. Logan House Coffee provides the powder for the market’s homemade tiramisu while the market creates charcuterie plates for them. “There is a lot of talent at the Stanley Marketplace,” notes Farrell. “We look forward to extending collaborations with other vendors here as the market grows.”