I don’t know if Shalom Kosher is technically in Wheaton anymore, in its new(ish) digs in the Kemp Mill Shopping Center off Arcola (1361 Lamberton, officially), but it came from Wheaton, its sister Kosher foods purveyor Max’s is still in Wheaton, and it’s so close to Wheaton you can still smell the challah in the morning, so…close enough for me.
The new space is much larger than the old, allowing them to sell a range of products similar to, say, Safeway, only more kosher. Maximally kosher, as far as I know. Shalom has a pretty good selection of meats and poultry, although prices are on the high side (kosher isn’t free). Fish selection is less good, and the produce section also seemed smaller than expected, though not bad, and they did have good quality limes at 6 for $1, so that’s a plus.
If you keep kosher — I don’t — Shalom Kosher must be a welcome, fantastic source of food. Among other things, they feature an impressive selection of kosher wines, many from Israel. As you might imagine, their selection of pork products and shellfish is more limited. Overall, there are enough products that I want that they don’t carry, that I don’t expect to add them to my grocery store rotation. But they’re still the local go-to source for challah (best french toast ever), and I suppose it is comforting to know that in the event of an Israeli shiraz emergency, I can get that too.