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Our Team

They come from many different professional backgrounds and all over the globe. These are the people who make Palace Market the Palace.

Mary Rocca

Proprietor

Mary was born in the rolling hills of northern California and spent many warm summer days working in her mother’s vegetable garden. Picking prunes and walnuts out of nearby orchards late each year inspired an awe for the bountiful harvest of the region. This reverence is manifest in the Palace Market’s broad spectrum of natural and organic products, with emphasis on local and artisanal. “I always say we were the first ‘regular’ grocery store to carry organics,” says Mary, who took over ownership/management of the Palace Market when her mother retired in 2000. “Point Reyes Station has always been progressive about food – they demanded organics way back in the 70’s!”
Mary also owns the Rocca Family Vineyards winery in Napa Valley with her husband, Eric Grigsby.

 

Carlos Castellanos

Store Director

Born and raised in Northern California, Carlos has been surrounded by agriculture and farming since his childhood. Having spent many summers in the family vegetable garden with his father, he fondly recalls “taking the first ripe tomato straight from the vine and taking a bite. What a taste!” When not gardening the school holidays away, he could be found working on a Marshall Angus ranch with his uncle. The smell of hay in the wee hours of the morning elicits keen memories to this day. His passion for farming and food brought him to the Palace Market in 2008. Starting as a cashier and grocery clerk, dedication and hard work paid off with a promotion to Grocery Buyer in 2014. Not one to waste an opportunity, Carlos and team worked tirelessly to update the products on our shelves and to better the overall reputation of the store. In early 2016 took on his current role of Store Director where he spends his time sharing his love for organic and local food with the West Marin community

Brittany Hartwell

Director of Operations

Born and raised on the northern Sonoma Coast, Brittany has always been surrounded by food production. Her experience raising animals to feed her family, picking apples in her neighbor’s orchard, and tasting the freshest of chevres from friend’s dairy goats nurtured her passion for the artisan food industry. Brittany has travelled the globe working as a pastry chef, bartender, cheesemonger and more. She joined the Palace team in 2014 as Assistant Deli manager, and moved through the ranks to Deli and Cheese Manager. In 2016 she started her new role as Director of Operations, where among many other duties, she still oversees the cheese, wine and specialty departments. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, painting and hiking, and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Artisan Cheese Guild.

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We’re always looking to add more creative, passionate and enthusiastic food, beverage and wellness professionals to our team.

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Angel Soriano

Angel Soriano

Grocery Manager

Lawrence Sander

Lawrence Sander

Wine & Spirits Curator

Susan

Susan

Health & Beauty Manager

Lori Swimmer-Hoge

Lori Swimmer-Hoge

Specialty Coordinator

Francisco Guaderrama

Francisco Guaderrama

Seafood Buyer

Angel Rivera

Angel Rivera

Meat Buyer

Luis Martinez

Luis Martinez

Produce Manager