CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2005 |
Stepping into Howie's Ranch Market is like stepping back into a bygone era. A huge old-fashioned safe squats by the front door. Employees cheerfully greet many customers by name. The shelves are low, making it easy to see across the store. If you've been in a few times, no one makes you show your ID to write a check. "We're unusual by today's standards," said Kathy Picano, who has owned the store for the last 17 of its 77 years in the same location.