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I just read the online edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Trader Joes is coming to Marietta. If I remember correctly, it is a fun place to shop with great deals. I hear that it will probably open in the Fall. I can't wait! Yeah. Best buys anyone?

Cheryl


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Cheryl

It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice!

butterscotch's picture

(post #45271, reply #1 of 78)

Try milk (excellent prices), TJ's house brand yogurts, black lentils, Arborio rice, fresh orange and tangerine juices, couscous, Double Rainbow ice cream, and environmentally friendly laundry soap.

cookie1's picture

(post #45271, reply #4 of 78)

Fresh orange juice will be quite a treat. I'm all for better prices with quality also. Do you use the soap and is it powder or liquid?


Cheryl


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Edited 4/15/2006 12:24 am ET by cookie1

Cheryl

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butterscotch's picture

(post #45271, reply #13 of 78)

The laundry soap is kind of a sore subject with me right now. The one drawback to shopping at TJ's is that products appear and disappear. You can get to like something a lot, even become dependent on it, and then it disappears forever, driving you crazy. This happened to me recently with the laundry soap. TJ's used to sell a gentle, environmentally friendly soap powder--and sometimes a liquid laundry soap. They both came from the same manufacturer. I can't remember the name now, something like "Pure and Natural".  Both versions came in purple containers with a few soap bubbles on the front. The same manufacturer also made a mild coconut scented bar soap that I really loved and bought all the time. A few years ago, TJ's discontinued the bar soap, and lately they've also discontinued the laundry soap. Some days I just stand in the soap section, completely forlorn, and longing for the old products.


Meanwhile, they have a new powdered laundry soap that is definitely not the same as the old one. The new one contains bleach which has given my husband a rash. I'm reluctantly back to buying Dreft at the supermarket, at least until TJ's comes up with something I like better.

Amy's picture

(post #45271, reply #2 of 78)

Waaaa!!!

I grew up in Marietta, but now I'm in Austin. I wish we had Trader Joes here...

cookie1's picture

(post #45271, reply #5 of 78)

I am so sorry Amy. I have been wishing for a Trader Joe store since I have become acquainted with Cooks Talk. My daughter just recently moved to Florida and I had to inquire if she knew of a Trader's in her vicinity. Of course, she wasn't able to answer because she had never heard of Trader Joe. Hang on, maybe you will be surprised when you are not expecting some pleasant news.

Cheryl


It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice!

Cheryl

It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice!

cookie1's picture

(post #45271, reply #3 of 78)

This all sounds sooooo great. I am not familiar with the bread, but if it's crispy then that is all good. Heavy cream will be a treat to purchase. It is pricey here and you don't have a variety of brands. I know that I will be like a kid in a candy store. I will probably be in the drooling mode. I will do a lot of browsing.

Cheryl


It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice!

Cheryl

It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice!

Biscuit's picture

(post #45271, reply #6 of 78)

You are lucky!  We just got one a couple of miles from my home.  We LOVE it. 


I don't know if you have small children, but my son absolutely loves their fruit leathers and their large variety of trail mixes.  They also have some terrific cereals and granolas that we enjoy much better than the commercial brands.


Their frozen food section is unbeatable.  I'm not a fan of pre-made food items AT ALL, but OMG, their Thai Vegetable potstickers are SOOOOOOOO good!  Everything I've purchased there is wonderful.  You are going to LOVE it!  Promise.


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Risottogirl's picture

(post #45271, reply #7 of 78)

I have been a huge TJ fan since 1987 in the SF Bay Area. I have 3 or 4 of them nearby in the Boston area and they vary in what they carry.


The biggest variation however is what the east coast and west coast TJ's carry. Huge difference. Not sure where the dividing line is in the map as far as the middle state locations go.


Either way, you will find stuff that you cannot live without ...and at great price and quality.


I second what Biscuit says, I am not much on prepared stuff either but they have some good wuality frozen items.


 


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Agave's picture

(post #45271, reply #15 of 78)

"Either way, you will find stuff that you cannot live without ..." and then they will stop carrying that item,and then you will be p.o.


The Pound Plus chocolate bars are great,and a bargain at about $4/lb

pamilyn's picture

(post #45271, reply #16 of 78)

I think I might try and get a part time job there when they open here. I can spend all my salary on yummy food!!!! Pamilyn

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Ballottine's picture

(post #45271, reply #17 of 78)

Yes!  Please, get a job there.  I will rent a U-haul and visit you.  lol


TJ employees buy stuff at 10% discount.   They HAVE  to  have tested personally all TJ products, including wine for those over 21.   When the new catalogue comes out, you won't believe ths stuff they bring home to test. "Crew members,"  who come up with recipes using TJ products,  get to demo them. 


 The most important benefit, IMHO,  is information, "crew members"  are told in advance  which products will not be reordered and can buy all they want while supplies last.


Once a month, as the store closes for the day at 9PM,  they have a staff party.  Attendance is mandatory so the "crew" can  bond with each other.  This is when they taste the wines, caviar, etc.


I know all this, because I had a kid who worked there, and who quit before I got all I wanted/needed/had to have! lol   Bal


 


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So much to cook; so little time.

pamilyn's picture

(post #45271, reply #18 of 78)

Sounds good to me if not a bit "Corporate" for my blood. Pamilyn

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TracyK's picture

(post #45271, reply #19 of 78)

Trader Joes is the antithesis of "corporate," it's a very relaxed workplace and they have pretty good benefits, even for part-time workers. :-)


The entire staff tends to be quite knowledgable about the products they sell, which is MUCH more than can be said for your typical supermarket.



Why is it so cold on this beach? And what's taking the bartender so long?


Edited 4/14/2006 6:53 pm ET by TracyK

pamilyn's picture

(post #45271, reply #28 of 78)

Well thats good to know. When Whole Foods opened here alot of my friends in the restaurant buisiness went to work there in the deli etc.....They didn't last long. The couldn't get used to the corporate atmosphere. Pamilyn

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Ballottine's picture

(post #45271, reply #29 of 78)

A woman I know quit Whole Foods because at the end of the day they throw away all bread that was not sold and all perfectly good veggies that were just beginning to go bad.  She said they refused to give the about to expire  food  to the homelless shelters or let employees taste it, let  along take home.  TJ is not like that.  bal

 


So much to cook; so little time.

 

So much to cook; so little time.

Regality's picture

(post #45271, reply #31 of 78)

Throwing away food like that is just plain criminal.  Shame on them and shame on us as a society for all that we waste.  Which reminds me--I am a dedicated recycler.  We have two trucks that pick up waste on the same day.  One does recyclables and the other regular garbage.  A few weeks ago the garbage truck showed up first and...dumped all of my paper recyclables, except the newspapers, into HIS truck!  Ask me how furious I was!   I don't know how often this has happened, but I let "them" know it had happened that day!  *still boiling over the incident*

 


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Ballottine's picture

(post #45271, reply #32 of 78)

We live in Arlington, VA, and we have two trucks coming on the same day too. When the kids were in HS they had some sort of a project dealing with trash removal and  they insisted that both trucks end up in the same place, had to do with lack of funds for recycling.  I don't recall all of the details, not sure if it still continues, but we dutifully use both trash bins and  compost what we can. bal

 


So much to cook; so little time.

 

So much to cook; so little time.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #45271, reply #34 of 78)

A few weeks ago the garbage truck showed up first and...dumped all of my paper recyclables, except the newspapers, into HIS truck!  Ask me how furious I was!  


Apparently it happens here pretty often and when SO looked into it he was eventually told that it ends up in the same place.


Grrr.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Ricks503's picture

(post #45271, reply #56 of 78)

It is partly the lawyers fault - if they give it to someone and they get sick, there is a liability issue.

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samchang's picture

(post #45271, reply #57 of 78)

Just wondering about TJ's related stuff.

TJ's of course started 10 miles from here, and they're of course known for quirky and indispensible food (and some non-food) items at really low prices. But here in SoCal, they're also known for picking store sites with terrible parking. There are 5 TJ's within an 8 mile radius, but I'll go only to the one with covered parking and wide spaces. Our neighbor's car has been door-dinged so many times at other TJ's, and my parent's car just suffered a dent as a 90 pound suburban housewife driving her SUV with 'roo bars backed into them at a TJ's.

So has TJ's also managed to export their parking woes to other states as well?

Jillsifer's picture

(post #45271, reply #58 of 78)

Come to the Huntington Beach store. Aside from the typical SoCal congestion, parking there is not bad at all.


Frankly, neither is the parking in Irvine, just across from UCI, but . . . it's Irvine and I just CAN'T.


 


 

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butterscotch's picture

(post #45271, reply #59 of 78)

Do you have the sloping floor problem as well as the parking-lots-from-hell problem? Around here, most TJs don't have level floors. If you let go of your shopping cart for just a second to, say, open the refrigerator and get a bottle of milk, the cart will roll away and end up putting a ding in another shopper.

mishmish's picture

(post #45271, reply #60 of 78)

Our TJs here in Monterey has the worst parking lot on the peninsula. Not nearly enough spaces.

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #45271, reply #61 of 78)

But here in SoCal, they're also known for picking store sites with terrible parking.


I think that has more to do with the urban vs more suburban settings. I recal the SOMA location in SF was a nightmare. And the Coolidge Corner (Brookline) location here is pretty congested - I can on ly imagine the TJs at the Pru I haven't been, but I think it is on Boylston if I recall.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

MadMom's picture

(post #45271, reply #62 of 78)

Speaking of bad locations, does Penzey's search them out also?  Their new store site in Dallas is in a sort of strip mall in a fairly hard to reach location, without a lot of parking.  Perhaps the price is right? 



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Risottogirl's picture

(post #45271, reply #66 of 78)

I read some where that they do search out inexpensive locations.


Although the one in Arlington, MA is the next town over from me (in Belmont), it is a special trip (now that we don't belong to Gold's Gym over there). When I go, I shop for me, my Mom, her best friend and my sister, who all live in Maine.


I REALLY don't see anyone who lives on the North Shore or even in Boston making an even longer trip to get there.



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Edited 4/20/2006 9:39 am ET by Risottogirl

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Jillsifer's picture

(post #45271, reply #67 of 78)

Speaking of bad locations, does Penzey's search them out also? 


Oh, H*LL, yes. At least in Southern California they did. Torrance--outer Torrance, approximately eight light years from the 405 and in a perennial construction zone, cleverly hidden behind the world's largest (and most oddly shaped) Sports Chalet.



 


 


Edited 4/20/2006 12:02 pm by Jillsifer

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TracyK's picture

(post #45271, reply #68 of 78)

They pick the places where the rents are cheapest. Unfortunately, in more "urban" areas, that means being on the fringes, in places that are more difficult to navigate.


Why is it so cold on this beach? And what's taking the bartender so long?


Edited 4/20/2006 12:23 pm ET by TracyK

avak123's picture

(post #45271, reply #78 of 78)

The Dallas Penzey's also attracts cars driving through the front plate glass window!


:(

whatscooking's picture

(post #45271, reply #74 of 78)

The TJ's near me in Chicago has a pretty awful parking lot too.  The street its oni is always backed up with cars trying to get in.  There's one in the 'burbs that isn't quite as bad.  This must not be a priority for them - or maybe less than adequate parking makes them look like they are "a buzz."

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