Debi Boney's "Coronado Story" begins in 1981 when she moved to island with her family to start a new business. She had a lease on a building at 155 Orange Avenue that was originally a car dealership, but wasn't entirely sure what to do with it. For the next two decades, she ran several successful businesses from her bayfront property, including a pizza restaurant and a donut shop. "I ran into the landlords in 2004 and together, we came up with the idea for a grocery store in this building," she said.
Today, Boney's Bayside Market offers an impressive selection of deli meats, artisanal cheeses, and scrumptious pastries at competitive prices. The store seeks to buy organic produce grown in California whenever possible. Boney's also boasts a walk-up espresso bar, a wine cellar, and a section of the store entirely dedicated to natural health products.
A typical day for Ms. Boney begins between 4:30 and five in the morning with the first deliveries. From there, she handles every aspect of the business, from making sandwiches in the deli to interacting with customers at the front of the store. "It's not uncommon for me to go from the cash register to filling out accounting paperwork to talking to prospective vendors," added Boney of her daily routine.
"I love living in Coronado," commented Boney, who enjoys the island's weather, beaches and parks. "There's a lot of community involvement. We have a great location with a lovely view. I moved here for my business, but I stayed here because of the nice community. It was a great place to send my children to school. "
Boney's Bayside Market gives back to the Coronado community in many ways. Boney says that she often partners with the Coronado Schools Foundation, but she also contributes to organizations such as the Coronado Little League and the Garden Party. Last Thanksgiving, Boney's supplied one hundred baskets of food for families in a nearby disadvantaged school district. (Read more here.)
Plans are in the works for the future of the Bayside Market. "We would like to expand to our front porch or maybe create a little upstairs seating area for customers to enjoy their purchases," says Boney.
When Boney isn't juggling her various roles at her grocery shop, she enjoys riding her bike around town and reading. "I take a few weeks vacation every year and visit Hawaii or Oregon," she says. Boney has two adult sons who work with the business and five young grandchildren.
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