featured-food-and-winefood and wineIssue 36

LA COMISARIA: CRAFT BEER IS 7TH STREET’S SPARKLE

There’s a hidden gem on 7th Street in downtown Modesto. Its sign stands out against a freshly painted, bright red building. The Market at La Comisaria is Modesto’s new destination shop.

The Market began as a commercial grocery store at La Comisaria, a resource for food truck owners, but it quickly took on the personality of its owner, a self-described craft beer geek obsessed with quality ingredients. Having hit its third anniversary this past July, many business owners would celebrate this milestone with relish. But, owner Patrick Chinn is markedly fixated on what is ahead. This market-morphed-into-proper-craft-beer-bottle-shop has spearheaded the market’s identity as a specialty store.

But what makes a “proper craft beer bottle shop”?

“It’s personal,” says Chinn, “You have to take care of the beers personally, with care, and to the best of your ability. Beers have to stay at certain cold temperatures. IPAs especially need tending to in order to stay fresh.” The quality of the beers must also be worth the mileage to get to them.

Often, Chinn fields work calls while on his way to pick up new, interesting craft beers from the Bay Area or other parts of California. He discovers new beers and other fresh food products as he immerses himself in the geek world of food that thrives on the internet and social media. Now, he’s also adding spices to his food geek repertoire.

“My goal for our spice section is to be as good as our beer section. That’s my challenge to myself,” says Chinn.

So, with all of this driving around seeking the freshest, most quality, hippest products for The Market, what anchors Patrick Chinn in downtown Modesto?

“Every street needs a sparkle,” he says.

While the location may have chosen him in a starving artist fashion, he feels he lucked out with being within the official boundaries of downtown. “I like its proximity to everything that should be alive in a downtown. I feel like I can make some positive noise from my end on 7th Street and— if downtown keeps getting more vibrant the way it has been— I see this Market playing a role in a bright future for Modesto.” Chinn wants to make an impact on Modesto and connect to the “cool factor” on 10th Street in order to bring it to his part of town and the people who surround him.


I like its proximity to everything that should be alive in a downtown. I feel like I can make some positive noise from my end on 7th Street and—if downtown keeps getting more vibrant the way it has been—I see this Market playing a role in a bright future for Modesto.
OWNER PATRICK CHINN


Chin is pointed in the right direction with his goals for The Market. He has taken the high road on quality— from meats to spice rubs, from craft beers to the unassuming and authentic ramen noodles in the freezer. The Market is drawing in more and more customers from surrounding cities who are reportedly forever spoiled by the selection they can’t find anywhere else. It’s a testament to the quality The Market delivers, not only in its products but in how The Market is invested in the future of the community.

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