3 Ways Urbana Enhances Corpus Christi’s Urban Landscape
Every time you turn around, there’s some new project underway in the Corpus Christi’s vibrant central business, arts and entertainment districts, like the recently opened Urbana Market + Deli.
1. On Your Mark! Get Set! Grab-and-GO!
For those brilliant coastal mornings when you need a little coffee jolt and a small treat to fuel that brisk stroll through the maze of downtown streets or those glittery sunsets when you want to pack for a bayfront picnic, Urbana’s array of healthy snacks, fresh-made pizzas and pastas, regional beer selection, deli case and grocery basics, fills that convenient grab-and-go niche.
The variety goes deep, from wines like Conundrum reds on the rack to
Chateau Graysac or brews from Karbach and Shiner Bock and even some Sam Adams, because shop owner Christian is a Rhode Island homeboy. The deli meats are a veritable smorgasbord as well, featuring buttery prosciutto, hard salami and a fennel-infused finocchiona for a little charcuterie-on-the-go, ooh la la!
Corpus Christi’s version of a New York or Mexico City bodega, Urbana offers enough to cater to all sorts of discriminating palates – even kids. Plus, with the café-style window seating, it’s a great place to hang out and watch the workaday world go by. Come pull up a chair and see the reinvention of downtown from the vantage point of this new urbane little hot spot.
2. Right Smack Dab in the Middle of Everything
When owner Christian Bernard first saw the vacant downtown corner shop on the market, he had a vision. “The building is so centrally located. We wanted to be a part of this growing movement to take to make downtown someplace special. Right smack dab in the middle of everything – what a perfect opportunity!”
In the shop’s opening months, the prime clientele seems to be working locals stopping in for lunch. “Once we've become more well-known with visitors and the hotels, we hope to see a lot more tourists. Once the city completes all of the renovations of McGee Beach and all of the other great things happening downtown, we expect to see travelers and visitors.” Build it, and they will come!
As new visitors come, the Bernards hope to expand the shop’s offerings – from everyday groceries to new gourmet goodies to daily chalkboard specials and even sit-down, chef-curated dinner pairings and special events. Urbana has extended business hours, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays, for late-night grocery and nosh needs. “We hope to see folks come in and grab an ice chest, grab their favorite beer, some quick food items,” said Bernard, “and head down to the bay or to the beach to enjoy a nice picnic. And leave a little extra room for the juice boxes!”
3. Fresh-Baked Treats From Sugarbaker’s Each Morning
The crowning touch atop the convenient variety of name-brand products alongside all-natural alternatives and gourmet grocery items, grab-and-go-options, hot pizza, grinders and pasta menu, beer, wine and what have you, is the case of scratch-made baked goods direct from the Bernard’s flagship business, Sugarbaker’s, rolled straight in from the oven each morning. Whatever you do, do not walk out that door without a fresh doughnut, pastry, cookie or macaron!
When you book your trip to the coast, don’t miss this new jewel in the downtown crown that adds spice to the scene in the form of gourmet, imported and organic goods and transforms your typical convenience store jaunt into an adventurous and quintessentially Corpus Christi experience.