Three Women and a Trader Joe’s

I’d never been in a Trader Joe’s. I’d never even seen one. I’ve heard people gush over it for years and years, and I’d stand there, yawning and scratching my arm pits, as I couldn’t relate to the majesty and glory of this so-called utopia of a grocery store.

It was about a year ago that the buzz hit Kansas City. I think it even started with a Facebook page called, “Bring Trader Joe’s to Kansas City!” Well, it worked. And not only did we get one, we got TWO Trader Joe’s locations in the metro area. Known for their inexpensive prices, good quality (and a lot of organic) food, and the infamous Two Buck Chuck wine, there’s really no reason not to love this place. Heck, I’ll admit, as soon as the word spread, I jumped on the giddy wagon and never got off.

This morning, 2 friends and I braved the crowds in the 14,000 square foot foodie sanctuary, as it’s only been open since Friday. We approached the automatic doors, tote bags in hand, cameras slung around our necks, mouths agape. “We’re here!” we simultaneously chirped.

Less than an hour later we’d filled our cart with all kinds of beautiful meats, vegetables, and snacks for our celebratory dinner party tonight. (Pics to come on that!)

Hey Trader Joe’s, will you marry me?

…I’m not kidding.

And, off we go!

Brighten Up Your Entire Week for WAY CHEAP. Cheap flowers make me smile.

More of the brightening up the entire week for WAY CHEAP.

Pre-made pizza dough, and for A DOLLAR AND NINE CENTS you guys! stop. it. now.

I love salty meat. Snuggle time.

The famous Two Buck Chuck! But for $2.99 plus tax. HMM.

Random goodies for the soul, and eyes and mouth.

I don’t ever bake, but I got a kick out of this easy melting baking chocolate. I mean, look at the little lady. CUTE.


I love frozen peas. NO, I REALLY DO.

C.H.O. – okay, you get the point.

Cart 0′ magic!

And best of all, my portion only came out to $37. Dude, this includes BEEF, and wine, and chocolate, and a lot of other things. CHEESE, mushrooms, arugula, yogurt. Seriously, whaaaat.


Okay, whoever started the Facebook page to bring TJ’s here, can you go ahead and get one going for IKEA? Please and thank you.


11 Responses to Three Women and a Trader Joe’s

  1. Jenny July 18, 2011 at 12:46 am #
    Whoa....DUDE.....I'm so screwed. I think I've just died and gone to heaven. That settles it. I'm braving this store soon, screw the crowds. I'll just hold my breath the whole time in there. I wanna try the two buck chuck, but those prices. That pizza dough. Thanks for the photos.
    • Bev Weidner July 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm #
      Go! Go!
  2. carlyklock July 18, 2011 at 7:15 pm #
    Fun day! Can't wait to see what you captured from dinner.
  3. nicole b. July 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm #
    I am shocked you only spent $37 for all that grub. I spend $100 at Kroger every week. Grrr. We definitely need a TJ's in LR. Seriously! xoxo.
    • Bev Weidner July 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm #
      Seeeriously, you guys really do!
  4. Lisa Bates July 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm #
    Okay that does it! I'm going to Trader Joe's today! I've been waiting for the hubbub to die down before I ventured that way but you have convinced me that I can't put it off another day. I take it that you went to the Ward Parkway location because I heard that the Leawood store can't sell the Two Buck Chuck, is that right? Bev, I love your website! Thanks for finding me, I can already tell that you will keep me inspired!
    • Bev Weidner July 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm #
      Awww, thanks so much Lisa! Correct, we went to the one on Ward PKWY. It was a madhouse, but nothing too horrible. GO, GO!!! (thanks so much for dropping by!)
  5. Suz July 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm #
    Thanks for dishing up a good sample of Trader Joes! I never knew! This is a store that would really be a hit down south! I wish...!
  6. Tracey August 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm #
    Wow!! We need a Trader Joes in Columbus, GA right now!!!! I am protesting!


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