ABOUT DRIVER’S MARKET
We are incredibly passionate about two very important things: people and food. We think you’ll agree that Driver’s Market is a place where you will find only the best of both!
Our story begins years ago on a local basketball court, where Adam Driver met Paul Geffner, a longtime Sausalito resident. Paul (the juggler to the left in the photo) is an entrepreneur with several other interests in the food business. Adam in those days was working at a local natural-food store on Caledonia Street. After shooting hoops, they’d shoot the breeze, talking about Sausalito and the richness of the Bay Area’s food culture. Adam grew up in Ann Arbor eating food from Zingerman’s, the nationally-famous gourmet-food destination. Wouldn’t it be great to run their own store in a place like Sausalito?
In the fall of 2011, the store on Caledonia Street closed, vacating a space that had been operating as a grocery since the mid-1970s, leaving a big void for local residents. Adam approached Paul about partnering to re-open a store in the space. Paul and his family were keenly aware of the impact of the empty store, and decided to team up with the Drivers and create Driver’s Market. “It’s been a longtime dream,” Adam told a Marin newspaper in 2012. Adam enlisted his brothers Graham and Eric, an experienced contractor, to help him renovate the 100-year-old building, and they all got to work building the new Driver’s.
Working together, the Driver brothers stripped the building to its bones, updating electrical and mechanical systems and installing modern kitchen and storage facilities. New windows opened the space up to the street frontage and to natural light, creating a more inviting gathering spot. Sustainability influenced many decisions made in building and operating the store: