TJ's is just about my favorite food store. It is geared toward singles or couples, they are conscientious with their products as far as not selling chemically loaded fake foods, lots of organic and vegan choices, prepared specialty foods, and pretty decent prices. They sell pretty flowers, and for this season, they had loads of pumpkins, gourds and apples. It is an 'offbeat', but fun place to discover somewhat 'exotic' yet affordable luxuries and treats. Tea tree oil body wash and shampoo are favorites of mine. They will not be selling their famous wine here :(.
I have been going to TJ's in New Jersey, but now that our bridge tolls have gone up to $9.50, I am being forced to stay "local". ($9.50 with E-Z Pass, cash is $12.00). So TJ's right here is a good thing.
There were folks from all age groups busily perusing the shelves.
The team of sales people were so attentive, my friend Diane asked if they sold anything cold she could drink right away, the young fellow went and brought back an assortment of beveridges for her to choose!
This couple asked a young associate if they could get a flower lei like she was wearing -- she took it off and put it on the lady. TJ's usually has a Hawaiian theme in their stores.
The decor features colorful art of Staten Island landmarks. The stand where they give out samples is called "Outerbridge Diner", there is the "South Beach Deli", the customer service desk is called "Lighthouse", etc. Even the cash registers are named for different bodies of water surrounding us.
I was in Foodie Heaven. This was Diane's first visit to a TJ's, and she will be a good customer. She loved it!
I managed to exert good self-control while
Mandarin orange chicken, vegetable fried rice, multi grain croissants (which you can bake individually), broccoli and cheddar quiche, steel cut oatmeal which goes in the microwave, individual turkey meatloaf muffins layered with parmesan mashed potatoes and spinach, and medium roast coffee.
I think this will be a weekly trip for me. If you have a TJ's where you live, I'd love to know what are your favorite items. Any disappointing products??