Island Market: Penny candy, cold beer and fountain drinks,
By Kasey Harker
December 11, 2008 | With the coldest beer in town,
2-cent candies and fountain drinks with quarter slices
of lemons or limes, the Island Market on the corner
of 400 East and Center streets is one of the few "ma
and pa" stores left in Logan.
Bobby Rowser, an Island Market employee, said the
Island Market is best described as a "home town grocery."
Joanne Hansen, the market's owner, described it as "quaint"
and "retro," perhaps it's the wood paneling from floor
to ceiling, Christmas art on the windows and blue Christmas
Hansen said the building is over 100 years old and
it started out as only a fraction of the size of what
it is now. The Island Market got its name because the
Logan River runs by one side of it and a man-made canal
to the other, essentially making it an island.
But it's not just the unique name that brings people
in. Hansen said the market is best known for their candy,
fountain drinks and their beer. Rylee Ashcraft, an Island
Market employee said, "We have been told we have the
coldest beer in town."
Rowser said a great thing about the store is, it's
a little more liberal then other stores in town. Rowser
gets to wear his own clothes and listen to his own music
when he works, as long as it is appropriate.
Hansen said she tries to make the atmosphere fun and
friendly. She said in order to do this she must keep
her employees happy. She said if that means things are
a little more laid back then that is all right by her.
Customers interviewed would agree the employees and
the "cool vibe" really make the place. Alan
Haines, a self-proclaimed regular, said, "It's
a wonderful place. It's the group that makes it what
it is. I live closer to three other stores but I come
Ashcraft said, "You get to know the customers really
well and I love to tease the regulars. It's like they
become your friends." She said they have even had customers
stop by to show them their Halloween costumes.
All employees interviewed said, hands down, the best
thing about the store are the customers. Ashcraft said
there is another regular who loves the Island Market
so much he comes in three to six times a shift.
When asked how a small market can stay afloat in this
economy Hansen said, it's the "loyal customer base."
Hansen said they have a customer who moved out of
the country but makes it a point to come back and buy
Island Market candies every time she is in town.
Another great thing, Hansen said, about the market
is you get to watch people grow up. They come here as
kids and then, when they get older, they bring in their
kids. Hansen said, "Coming to the Island Market is a
Ashcraft said it is a great place to stop before heading
up to Beaver Mountain, in the winter, or the Aquatic
Center, in the summer. One customer said she always
stops by the Island Market and stocks up on candy before
going to the movies.
But, wherever your journey may be, the Island Market
will sure make the ride a little easier with their infamous
2-cent candies, fountain drinks and the coldest beer