Saturday, August 21, 2010

It's Here, It's Here, It's Finally Here!

On of my biggest complaints about living up here is the lack of shopping. Let me be a big baby and list just a few of the stores we do not have even remotely close to me. We don't have Nordstrom, Saks, Neimans, Whole Foods, Sutton Place, Trader Joes, Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Papyrus, and many many more. I live in the Captial Region but we are completely snubbed due to the small populations around these parts. The local paper figured that we won't get an Ikea for at least another 20 years at least. Which is fine by me as I don't get turned on by Ikea or stores that big. But just for a frame of reference.

Now I don't live in the boonies but it is a relatively small area. We make do though. And really truly appreciate when new establishments make their way this far north. People are still thrilled about the LL Bean that arrived years ago. We are a grateful people. Tehe.

So a year ago when it was announced that The Fresh Market would be coming to my area- actually down the street from my regular grocery spot- it was beyond thrilling! I don't think I have ever actually been to this particular brand of store but I knew it was along the lines of Whole Foods/Sutton Place/Trader Joes. And I was counting down the days. The sign has read September for months. Imagine my delight when I drove by today and saw the parking lot full of cars and people. I made a quick turn into the lot and had to park forever away - it was packed. A great sign if we want more stores like this to come to our area!





Only a blogger would take photos of a visit to the grocery store! I mean, I'm ridiculous!

The place was packed. People everywhere. Which is not my thing. Normally I would turn and leave immediately. I don't do crowds. Especially when grocery shopping, something I dislike to begin with. But seeing as how I had been waiting with baited breath for this store to open, I grabbed a baby cart (love them!) and made my way for a viewing. I need to take a photo to show you one of my purchases. Okra chips! So fun! I can't wait for schools to start so I can go back. I figure shopping on a Tuesday evening will be better once the kiddos are back to early baths and bedtimes.

Some of the bulk items! My favorite thing about these stores! Plus I love how pretty everything looks. Things are efficient but not at all pretty in Price Chopper (equal to a Publix or Kroger for those down south). I will still do the bulk of my shopping at the PC of course. Better prices and more options. But I am thrilled to bits to have The Fresh Market's produce and prepared foods and bulk grains sections just down the road.

This was my favorite part in the whole store. Or what I saw of the store with a zillion people and children mucking about (read: in my way and bugging me on such a special day in my store!). This fabulously organized unit is full of spices. Totally fun and gorgeous. I love how organized it looks with the colors and labels and whatnot. You know you're a goober when a spice rack is the best part of your day!

17 comments:

BAH said...

I love Fresh Market! And I know what you mean about a lack of shopping, since I currently live in Key Largo :(

Frankie said...

I LOVE the Fresh Market! I moved from a big city to a much smaller one, and one of the most exciting things about where I live now is the Fresh Market!

Gracie Beth said...

I am obsessed with Fresh Market. Their bakery is WONDERFUL.

Jo said...

Due to our area we too miss out on many popular stores. I have to drive 25 minutes to the nearest Trader Joes's so I can totally understand your excited!

Enjoy ~
Jo

College Prepster said...

Fresh Market is the BEST!!! I love their fresh fresh fresh vegetables and fruits!!!

Tammy B said...

I just returned from Huntsville where I went to the Fresh Market. I bought waldorf chicken salad (YUM!), banana nut muffins and a Cook's Illustrated magazine. I started to buy some bridge mix, but did not want to spend $7.79 for candy that I was just going to gobble down. Sometimes you can get some good deals there, you just have to watch. I buy my spices there.

Susan said...

Love it, looks like my kind of store. I know what you mean.....I'm still waiting for Denver to get a Lilly Pulitzer and a Vineyard Vines.
When my husband and I first moved out here from San Diego, I asked the relocation specialist if there was a Nordstrom close by and she said, "What's Nordstrom?" I knew I was doomed.
We have a Nordstrom now, but I'm still hoping for the others.

Preppy in Pink said...

We have fresh market too. I love it :)

Linda said...

I've never heard of this store but it looks fabulous. Nothing like that here-but there are great markets.

Buford Betty said...

LOVE Fresh Market! We've got Lilly and Tory, etc but you can have them. I never go!

Jo said...

Hope you're having a great Sunday. I emailed you the info last week. I'm going to send it again ~ maybe I ended up in spam folder. Let me know if/when it arrives.

Jo

Jo said...

Hope you're having a great Sunday. I emailed you the info last week. I'm going to send it again ~ maybe I ended up in spam folder. Let me know if/when it arrives.

Jo

Bella Michelle said...

Oh my gosh! I am dying to know where this little gem went into????? I would have given my eye teeth for it when we lived up there.

Another thing we have in common...IKEA just doesn't do a think for me. I really am at a loss over all the excitement people have for it.

Oh, isn't there a Lilly Store in Saratoga?

Jessica {lovely jubbly london} said...

I remember how excited I was when Whole Foods opened here and like all good bloggers yes, I took pictures! It's wonderful to have options other than the regular grocery store.

American in Bath said...

Oh for a Trader Joes. One of the things I miss about the States is the bulk bins like these. I love all of the potential in the barrels. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. It made my day.

Sally said...

I would definately take a picture of a NEW grocery store in my town......I just want a publix!

Miss Janice said...

Yes, we bloggers do like to blog about food and grocery stores. After Trader Joe's (which we don't have), The Fresh Market is my 2nd fav grocery store. I also love Whole Foods. The Fresh Market is the only place my Yorkie, Mlle Coco Chanel has every been asked to leave! :)

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