March 30, 2005

Drinking the organic, free-range, non-pasteurized, all-natural, bulk Trader Joe's Kool-Aid

Has anyone else noticed how insanely perky and into their jobs the folks at Trader Joe's are? I mean, these people love TJ's to a point of cultish devotion. Don't get me wrong: I'm a big fan! I love me the Trader Giotto's whole wheat pizza dough, the delish flavored pita chips, the Nearly-Three-Buck Chuck and all the rest of it...but I think any random cashier at Trader Joe's would throw himself in front of a car if Joe asked.

It's a little creepy.

Posted by Miss Cherry at 10:45 AM | Shop

Maybe Trader Joe's is actually the "Friendliest Stores in Town?" I love shopping there - very refreshing. Cashiers at most stores look at my funny when I buy soy milk.

Posted by: Steve Patterson at March 30, 2005 05:15 PM

Yes! It's like they put something in their water. I feel smug and mean in comparison but I just can't muster that much enthusiasm about the unsalted California Walnut Pieces I'm buying.

Posted by: Michelle at March 31, 2005 09:04 AM

At a gathering a few weeks back an employee of Whole Paycheck...ummm Whole Foods confided in me that he too shops at Trader Joe's. I'm cultishy devoted as well. Good stuff at a reasonable price. Just wish the crowds were thinner. And for good service, why complain about that when we can complain about the surly service everywhere else?

Posted by: Ran at April 6, 2005 02:10 PM


That sucks. What's the point of buying soy milk if not to be noticed for buying soy milk? I guess there's also the plus that you can write about buying soy milk, but I imagine that is considerably less fulfilling.

Posted by: Marco at April 8, 2005 10:39 PM

I drive an hour to shop at TJ's. It is an oasis in a sea of rudeness and the 1/2 hour I spend there helps me endure the rest of my St. Louis erronds! It is a releif to actually be able to afford to FEED my family real FOOD! and to know i am not slowly killing them via their plates!

Posted by: Robin at August 12, 2005 10:38 AM