Friday, August 24, 2007

I went, I saw and lived to tell about it

After Kelly's enthusiastic post on it and The Charlotte Observer's coverage on it I, along with another family, made the 45 min trek out to the new Trader Joe's to what the fuss is all about.

And oh, what fuss!!!

There should have been some sort of sign at the entrance about entering a very primitive, survival of the fittest environment....and believe me, pushing a whining child in a stroller does not rank well.

A few observations about the "brands" of people there:

1. The spandex-wearing, fresh out the gym, health nuts

2. The very hippy, boho, granola type

3. The up-ity, head-to-toe Gucci, don't touch my shoes type

4. The elderly

If I sound cynical it's because I am. Maybe it's the location of the store, but people were rude except for the sweet older people who smiled at Isaiah and said hello.

Other than that, I really liked the store. I couldn't get to all that I wanted to look at, but what I saw was impressive. I sampled the lemonpepper pasta with capers and the Ethiopian coffee...both were extremely good (and I'm usually a tough coffee critic). I would definitely buy both and will in the future.

I came home with a make-your-own salsa kit complete with tomatoes, peppers, etc., fresh sushi, pineapple salsa, the famous Two Buck Chuck, and bananas (19 cents each!). I'm really excited to try it all!

The store associates were extremely personable and friendly despite the long lines...though, sadly, they said the Prosperity Rd store won't open until December.

If you don't want to wait to check it out, you can head out to the new store (bring your best attitude), or try some of their recipes here.


Nicole said...

Thanks for the review! I've been thinking aout making the trek that way, but haven't been successful in talking myself into it though! Although, I have to take my car in on Monday off of Independence, almost to I'll be that way...we'll see!

Kelly said...

Hey Dana, I made it down there yesterday :-) I was so excited to be in the store, I didn't really notice the people, except that a lot of them were in my way.