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Holiday shopping!

On November 11, I had a day off from work.  Although I definitely hate working weekends, the tradeoff is having weekdays off sometimes, which is always nice for running errands and checking things off of my to-do list.

B asked if I would like to meet him for lunch, and I jumped at the chance; it’s not often we get to eat that meal together!  Conveniently, Potbelly was having a pre-grand opening special, where you paid a $5 donation that went to the Parade Company, and you got a sandwich, chips and a drink.  Pretty sweet deal!  They were also giving out samples of their soups and milkshakes which were all delicious.  I arrived there before B did, but I didn’t get in line yet because they were taking donations right at the door and he had the cash.  He arrived shortly after, and the line took about 15 minutes.  The girl taking the order was being “trained”, which basically involved telling her what to do and making her stand in a very specific spot on the floor.  We ate at a little table in the corner, and it was delicious!

After that, I went shopping at a few places on Woodward. These were pop-up shops that were just there for the holiday season.  First I went into a shop called The Hand Made Company.  They had some antiques, some Michigan made products and gifts–pretty cool.  Then I went into Rock Paper Scissors, a paper and gift store.  They have other locations in Ann Arbor and Tecumseh.  I love stores like this—stationery, quirky cards, candles, cool knick knacks.  I bought a set of Boston Terrier Christmas cards for my friend Jacquie, and a couple other cards that say “Someone in Detroit Misses You”.  Then I walked back to the apartment, jumped into my car and stopped at Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, where I had the Sexy Mexican….seriously, if you have not had this drink, you need to.  So tasty.  And then I went over to City Bird on Canfield, and Nest next door to that.  I found sooooooo much stuff I wanted to buy, but I held off—I hadn’t quite made up my mind who I needed to shop for and what I wanted to buy.   I also spent a ridiculous amount of time just standing in City BIrd looking through texts from my sister and listening to the awful weird French music that was playing, trying to find a list of stuff she had texted me that she wanted for her bday and xmas, but I couldn’t find it.

It was a good day off, and nice to see what the city had to offer for the holiday season.

Until next time,

H

Grocery stores?

A lot of people say there’s a lack of grocery stores in the city, and I agree, but then again, I don’t.  There’s Whole Foods, which is amazing, but expensive, and doesn’t necessarily cater to the general population of grocery shoppers.  Then there’s Ye Olde Butcher Shop, which looks amazing but I haven’t been yet; if I had to guess, I’d say it probably doesn’t cater to the masses either.  So where are people going to buy giant packages of toilet paper, gallons of milk on sale and bargain brand canned goods?  Well, they need a grocery store like Kroger or Meijer, and that is something there is a shortage of in the city.

Where I used to live, which, granted, was in the suburbs, there were five Kroger’s and a Meijer within a 10-15 minute drive from my house.  Living downtown, there is the new Meijer that was built at 8 Mile near I-75.  Now, I knew of this Meijer, but a few different people had told me not to go there, one of which had patronized the store and one of which had not.  The one who hadn’t been there probably based the recommendation on the fact that it’s not in the greatest area.  It’s fairly close to Ferndale, but technically still located in a rundown area of the city. 

On a day off of work, I decided to venture there and see what it was about.  As I pulled into the parking lot, I was pleased to see that the Meijer was located in a nice new strip mall with other new stores, like a Payless shoe store and a PetCo.  The parking lot was huge, flat and easy to navigate.  I walked into Meijer and was really excited with what I saw, because the store still looked brand spanking new.  All of the aisles and shelves looked virtually untouched.  The store was busy, but not crowded or noisy.  It was clean, and everyone there was just doing their normal grocery shopping and going about their business.  The store was fully staffed, with security on duty.  And this is a small detail, and I don’t know why it even matters, but I love when grocery stores have that brown cement floor, reminiscent of a warehouse.  It just feels comfortable to me. 

The cashier was very nice, and helpfully explained to me the details of their rewards program.  I made conversation with the gentleman in line behind me, him joking that I was going to buy his groceries.  All in all, it was a very pleasant trip to the grocery store, and I’m glad that I went for myself to form my own opinion.  I’ll definitely be back.

Until next time,

H

Whole Foods

The first place I went grocery shopping after moving downtown was the Whole Foods off of Woodward.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was plesantly surprised.  While smaller than some of the other Whole Foods I’ve been to, it was just as nice.  I wasn’t sure they if they would have samples like the other stores, but they did!  The crowd was an eclectic mix of people, a good representative of the surrounding neighborhoods and the city as a whole.  There was security sitting in a car at the front and the parking lot is well lit.  It was also quite busy there, so at no point did I feel unsafe.  I encountered one homeless person in the parking lot but no one around looked like they would cause trouble.  I really hope that it stays a nice place for people to shop at.

If it wasn’t so damn expensive I’d shop there a lot more often!

Until next time,

H