Princeton's Hot Spot
Town Trippin' - Worcester Magazine
PRINCETON HOT SPOT
Whether you need a quick take-out lunch or you have time to chat with friends while enjoying a scone or muffin, Mountainside Market is the place to go in Princeton. Described as “definitely a community hub” by co-owner Katherine Huck, the market is open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is an “anchor for a lot of people who need to get something on the fly or want to meet a friend.”
The market had been in town since 2009, and Huck, who spent years working a corporate job in Boston, decided to trade in her long commute in 2015 when the previous owners moved out of town and put the business up for sale.
“They were wonderful. They did the town a service by starting it,” Huck said. “We were lucky to purchase something that had already been established.”
Huck partnered with Robin Springfield, who had owned Honeybee Baking Co. for a decade and had gained quite a following already, to offer an in-house bakery.
“She’s a big part of why we’ve been so successful,” Huck said, noting her partner has an “incredible talent.”
The two revamped and renovated the Mountainside to offer not only baked goods, but also “things we would want in a local food market,” Huck said, including specialty food items, take-home meals, wine and beer and products such as milks, cheeses, meats and soaps from area farms and vendors.
Offering “specialty, unique, quality” items — like the self-serve refillable olive oil stations, for example — is particularly important to the duo, Huck said. Beyond the food offerings, “the big draw we have is the sitting area by the fireplace,” Huck said, adding, “A lot of people, when they come in here, they know each other. It’s a support system.”