Yesterday was a day I’ve been waiting for since, oh, about 2007 when I first moved to Charlotte. You see, in Atlanta I was spoiled rotten with a Whole Foods a mile down the road from where I lived. When I moved here and found out the closest Whole Foods was either in Greenville, SC or Winston Salem, I was devastated.
Once Whole Foods heard of my misery without them, they decided to open a Charlotte location! Finally, that day arrived. Yesterday… In South Park. Which is still about 45 from my house. HA. Oh well, that didn’t stop me.
Neither did the rain.
Or the overflowing parking lot.
Because I knew once I weaved my way through the masses…
I’d be welcomed into my happy place.
And I was. I’m sure a lot of you have seen the inside of a Whole Foods, so you’ve seen the aisles lined with products that you can trust because they have to abide by the Whole Foods Unacceptable Ingredient List.
You’ve also probably seen their extensive food bars, pizza, sushi bar and make-your-own-sandwich station, but have you seen the make-your-own-trail-mix station?
Or their bulk bath salts?
I can’t remember the last time I’ve even taken a bath, but it took everything inside of me not to get some.
If you’re not yet understanding my infatuation with WF, let me tell you about the cooking school they have inside of it… or the fact that there is a bar that serves all NC beers all the time. And a wine loft upstairs.
And their baby clothes? So darn cute!
Can you tell we were there for a while? Hailey had to grab a snack to eat while cruised the aisles.
She downed her Earth’s Best pouch while I ohh’d and ahh’d over the bulk goods section which included dried mushrooms and salts. IN BULK. Yes, I could just get a sample of pink Himalayan sea salt without spending a small fortune on a bottle of it.
So there’s the cooking school, the wine loft, the salts in bulk, but what I found most impressive was the amount of emphasis on eating and buying local.
For a huge company like Whole Foods, I was shocked at all the local foods they offered and love that they clearly labeled the local.
As a big fan of supporting local businesses and farms, this made my day.
We left with only a few items in our cart,
but we weren’t really there to shop. We were there for the mother daughter experience and the smiles.
And yes, I realize that makes me weird.
Are you a Whole Foods fan?
Why or why not?