Friends of the Bear

Friends of the Bear


Friends of the Bear is a place that I can share with you people, places and products that I believe in related to food and beverages and places to source quality products.

Kelly's Market Decatur's locally owned and operated market, inspired by the corner grocery of the 1960's. This style of Market runs in the blood for Sean when his granddad, Vince Kelly, opened the original Kelly’s Market in Culver City, CA. The store was part of the community - offering groceries and a deli to local residents as well the actors and crews from nearby Desilu Studios.
As residents of Decatur’s Old Depot District, we wanted to create that same experience. 50 years later and 2,000 miles away, Kelly’s Market (phase 2) is open for business!
GROCERIES • DELI • PRODUCE • WINE • CRAFT BEER • FLOWERS

Heights Meat Market - If your looking for incredible beef or game and are in the Tampa area, look no further. Heights Meat Market has 2 locations and they are the exclusive retailer of Bear Smoke BBQ products in the Tampa metro area. I can't say enough of how nice and helpful Nathan and Makenna and their team are with their customers. I am not only a supplier of theirs but I am also a customer.

The Corner Butcher - Offering a wide variety of meats, breads, and sandwiches. You can conveniently eat lunch and dinner. Dine-In or order Take-Out. The Corner Butcher Shop also carries more than various selections of wine, has a lunch menu that contains a daily selection of sandwiches along with a side dish, and also take-home meals for dinner. 

Nectar De La VidaNectar De La Vida offers premium EVOO certified Olive Oil. We pair Balsamic & Olive Oil to create unique flavors for marinades , fresh salads dressings and fruit topping. Complementary tasting available in-store. Pasta line in 20 varieties including gluten free is stocked in store. Come visit us for your next diner night. Next time you are in or near Warren, RI stop in and say hi to Maureen.  

Hassell Cattle Company - One of my go to suppliers for the finest quality American Wagyu, Hassell Cattle Company is a 3 Generation family run Ranch in Texas. Doug is great to work with and always does what it takes to take care of his customers. The Steaks are to die for, tender, juicy and flavorful! All of their meat is 100% Hormone Free and antibiotic free F1 cross cattle by breeding registered Wagyu bulls with Angus cows that produces a high prime beef that rivals any beef, anywhere.

NorShor Nosh - NorShor Nosh, a food and beverage lifestyle brand that advocates for the Eat.Drink.Savor lifestyle. Check out Pete's site and follow him and you won't be disappointed. 

Kelleher Family Vineyards - Remarkable small production wines from Napa Valley and I am proud to call them a partner in my wine distribution company in NC. Stop by and Visit them at Brix Restaurnt  in Napa or you can get the wine directly from their site. You will not find it in stores. If you contact them please say hi to Valerie for me.

Toska Truffles - My local source for a variety of the finest truffles from around the world, He also ships for those of you not on the Charlotte area. Alex knows his truffles and is the only place/person I trust to get my truffles from.