There’s Plenty of Bread at Trader Joe’s (You’ll Just Have to Wait in Line For It)

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The line at Trader Joe’s wraps around the store several times. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The good news: There’s lots of bread at Trader Joe’s. The bad news: You’ll have to wait about a half-hour for it.

The scene at Trader Joe’s right now is what we might call organized chaos. The line starts near the coffee bar, snakes around three aisles, goes back to the aisle near the coffee bar, and eventually makes its way to the registers at the front of the store. An employee says the wait is about 40 minutes.

Or maybe less! “The staff at Trader Joe’s is amazing,” says Suchita Fiorillo, wife of Philly Mag reporter Victor Fiorillo. She stopped by Trader Joe’s just after 9 a.m. to pick up supplies, deciding to opt for street parking after she saw the parking lot nightmare, which included one car hitting another. “The line was wrapped all around the store, but I got into the store and through checkout in 30 minutes with two bags of groceries.” Read more »

How I, a Die-Hard Whole Foods Shopper, Became a Trader Joe’s Convert

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

My love affair with Trader Joe’s began innocently enough: I was walking back to our offices in Center City from West Philly after checking out the new Herban Quality Eats, and I realized I needed some honey for the next morning’s tea. I was passing by Trader Joe’s at 22nd and Market, so I stopped in. 10 minutes later, I walked out with not just honey — raw organic honey that cost me an impressive $4.99, by the way — but three avocados (99 cents each), some organic dog treats ($2.99!) and a ginger kombucha ($2.79, I believe). My total for all of these items came out to around $15 and my first thought was: This would never happen at Whole Foods.

I was hooked. Read more »

The Checkup: The Ultimate Bucket List of Must-Try Trader Joe’s Foods

Photo via Flickr user Mark Nockleby

Photo via Flickr user Mark Nockleby

• While I am totally a Whole Foods devotee, I will admit that Trader Joe’s has some pretty awesome store-brand products. (I’m looking at you, empty jar of Speculoos Cookie Butter.) The folks over at Refinery29 ranked the best Trader Joe’s products of all time and, because I doubt anyone will be buying all 43 of them in one shopping trip, I say you consider this your Trader Joe’s shopping bucket list and work your way through it over the next few months. [Refinery29] Read more »

Report: Trader Joe’s Tops Whole Foods for Higher Home Values

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

Photo by Flickr user Christopher Long

It’s no secret: people love themselves some Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Almost any time a new mixed-use development is proposed in Philadelphia with enough retail space that could possibly fit a grocery store, residents come out of the woodwork to clamor for a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods.

You know what those people also love? Money. It’s called “Whole Foods Effect” – a real estate phenomenon where property values seemingly rise in areas surrounding the Austin-based organic grocery chain. The presence of a Whole Foods, especially in urban neighborhoods, seems to certify that a home buyer has made a quality choice of settling in that area.

Well, it turns out that it could probably be called the “Trader Joe’s Effect.” RealtyTrac recently ran some of the numbers and came to an interesting conclusion: “What we found is that homeowners near a Trader Joe’s have experienced better home value appreciation since their purchase, but also pay higher property taxes on average.”

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Philly Mag Editors Share Their Fave Beauty Finds From Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods

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Whole Foods’ beauty selection. | Whole Foods.

Sometimes the best beauty products can be found in the most unexpected places (West Philly’s International Food and Spices, South Philly’s Fante’s). So when we came across this great article breaking down the best finds at Trader Joe’s — think yummy Coconut Body Butter and anti-aging Nourish Antioxidant Facial Serum — we decided to do some digging of our own. Here, Philly Mag’s discerning editors share their favorite go-to beauty buys from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

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