Ok…My plan was to run by at 9, see if it was lame or complete mayhem, leave by 9:02 and go back later at 12 for the barbeque. But then I got sucked in. It’s 10:16 and I just got home. It’s that glorious. (stop rolling your eyes, naysayers!) And I got a free baguette.
Here are some particularly great things about the new Whole Foods in Venice:
- It has a wine bar. That is my #1 favorite thing, of course. Wines in 2oz tasting sizes that range from $3ish to $9ish. Tapas, including a cheese plate. (you know how I love a good cheese plate .) Right now, it’s open when the store is open but the official hours of the wine/tapas bar will be 11-8. Selections will rotate on a bi-weekly basis. I think this wine tasting bar is really handy – if you want to bring a nice bottle of wine to a party or give as a gift and you don’t want to blindly choose something and hope for the best – they have some high-end wines at the tasting bar at a fraction of the cost.
- The wine section is great. There is 10% off 6 bottles or more. They plan to have a ton of wine events.
- Hot food choices include: coffee bar, brick-oven pizza (they have a ham and egg breakfast pizza), a Taqueria, hot food bars that always include something "international" (right now it’s Indian) and a vegan/vegetarian only hot food bar for those of us who don’t like to have our veggies in close proximity to meat.
- Cold food choices include: sorbet/gelato/rice pudding bar, sandwiches made to order, olive bar, salad bar, cheese bar, smoothies and juice bars, and a bakery.
- Plenty of outside and inside seating – and some of the outside is designated "no-smoking"
- "Local Artisan Corner" in the clothing and accessories section. Right now, the artist is Bryan Scheller from Venice who creates really interesting wall mirrors and vases
- They will have "Community Support Days" in which a percentage of sales is donated to a Venice non-profit community organization.
- They will have "Value Tours" – which will show you how to shop for healthy food on a tight budget.
The parking lot is still pretty cramped but today they had parking assistants to point you in the right direction and assist you in backing out of the cramped space (utilizing a whistle.) I don’t know if they will permanently have these assistants – however, I can’t help but think that they read my parking complaint and acted on it. (The Whole Foods’ representative contacted us directly yesterday, so I know they at least read our posts!)
Ok readers – let’s have it! Comment away, I know you want to!
Whole Foods Market
225 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291