This is simply, the way markets should be! When I was a kid, the local market was family run and even the non-family employees were "family", this is that kind of a place! Everyone is constantly working to raise the bar in customer service and product quality. I can't say enough about the butcher counter, knowledgeable staff ready to answer your questions on different cuts and how much you need for that special dinner party. Their in-house marinated products are beyond compare and the quality of their meats is simply incredible! (They've won "Best Butcher" Greater Portland for several years now, and well deserved)
You might think "little store, big prices" but it's simply not true, we find their prices are in line with the big boys, but the quality is equal or, as in the case of the butcher counter, even better than the big guys. One thing they definitely beat out the large stores on pricing is their private label spices...we had to buy a spice at the nation chain and when we checked the price against Smaha's we paid 4 times as much for a jar that was one quarter the size.....won't do that again!
Even if I lived miles away, I'd still shop here! (But I would plan better so I wouldn't have to make multiple trips a day)