For years, Ramey Market in Fort Worth’s historic Stop Six neighborhood has been an utterly unremarkable convenience store selling the typical assortment of sundry items, snacks and sodas. It was just the closest place to buy cigarettes or lottery tickets or beer.
But on a sunny Saturday last month, it was the scene of a party. The Dunbar High School Marching Band and the school’s cheerleaders offered performances. It was a kind of grand re-opening: This convenience store had been turned into small neighborhood grocery.
A bright mural adorns the east-facing wall. The tobacco advertisements are gone from the window. When you open the door, fresh fruit and vegetables the first thing you see. Signs throughout the shop point to healthier options. And there’s a small deli counter and a grab-and-go case with healthy snacks.