Whole Foods Brooklyn

I have an obsession with grocery stores. I love maneuvering through big crowds, window shopping, watching them prepare foods, you name it. Call me a wacko, but I love it. And so does, Ali Berlin, Contributing Editor of the blog (obviously one reason we are friends is because we share interests in grocery stores.) Thanks, Ali, for spiriting this post. AMAZING!

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Dec 17, 2013 was a monumental day in Brooklyn because the first ever Whole Foods market opened in Gowanus, on the corner of 3rd and 3rd.  It’s been ten years in the making and people are overjoyed that it finally happened.

brick by brick

Whole Foods is not a just a grocery store.  It’s a place of joy, inspiration, vitality and creativity.  I was beaming during the 90 minutes we spent there on opening morning.  The festivities started at 8:30AM with a bread breaking ceremony, and the store opened its doors to the public at 9AM.

This was the crowd when Ryan and I got there at

This was the crowd when Ryan and I got there at 850 am, just before the snow started. People were already cheering!

Inside there were multiple camera crews and every other customer was taking pix of the action.

Brooklyn LOVES local and the store was celebrating and highlighting local all throughout.

Brooklyn LOVES local and the store was celebrating and highlighting local all throughout.

The bakery is showcasing tons of items from Brooklyn.  FYI the S’mores Pie from Butter & Scotch is one of the most delicious creations on earth.

PIES! Sugar!!

PIES! Sugar!!

Local scones from Ovenly in Greenpoint and fresh rolls:

Local scones from Ovenly in Greenpoint and fresh rolls:

Remember a few weeks ago we told you about OMilk (made in Brooklyn)? I found a new flavor.  Chocolate Peppermint Almond Milk.

YUM!

Local granola

Local granola

Local chocolate.

Local chocolate.

Local cheese.

Local cheese.

Cheese party!

Cheese party!

Halleljuah!

Halleljuah!

Breadking B(re)ad

Breadking B(re)ad

Pretty coffee bins!

Pretty coffee bins!

The most sophisticated roaster in any Whole Foods market:

The most sophisticated roaster in any Whole Foods market:

Proud butcher! So many varieties to choose from:

Butcher

Butcher

Hog heaven.

Hog heaven.

sausage.

sausage.

Make your own meatloaf:

Meatloaf

Meatloaf

The guys at the fish counter were partying hard. So spirited!  Checking out the Dungeness crab that we’ll be enjoying next week on Christmas eve (my husband’s family’s tradition):

Crab.

Crab.

Upstairs, you’ll find Gotham Greens (an actualy greenhouse which is still in the making ) next to ROOF Restauant which serves beer, cheese, salads, small plates and more.

menu.

menu.

It was an awesome morning full of conversations and shared ecstasy.  I’m not exaggerating! Check out the store if you’re in town.
Safe travels on this busy Holiday traveling weekend!

Ali Berlin, Contributing Editor

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12 Comments

    • Let me know what your favorite aspect of the store is. So curious to hear all the various opinions.

  1. Brooklyn always produces the most innovative, imaginative AND delicious products. Can’t wait to check out all their local items.

  2. Whole Foods are an addiction. Have you ever been to the Austin location? It is ridiculously amazing — and you could spend a day in there searching!

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