I am always a bit skeptical when it comes to places and things that seem to capture the attention of the masses. Living in Denver, we are a community of transplants (all except me apparently) who celebrate when big stores that have graced the streets of L.A. and New York (perhaps even Chicago) for years. There were lines for weeks around Krispy Kreme for it’s arrival in Denver several years ago, then there was the three day camp outs for the behemoth IKEA’s arrival and the lines around H&M stores. I’m not certain if these people are lining up because they are really excited to see that store have it’s first (or second, or third) location here or if they are hoping to get the freebies and deals that are always at any Grand Opening.
I usually try to get to the store about a week or two later – when all the lines and awful parking lot issues are gone – where I can really see why everyone was so excited for this store. Here are a few of my observations:
- Krispy Kreme – These donuts are ok. Why is everyone so excited? I’m not sure. Donuts aren’t good for you (healthy Colorado – ha!). They are not particularly priced any different from a dozen at King Soopers. The only thing good at a Krispy Kreme is their original glazed donut. Boring! I think I’ll stick with Lamar’s where I find almost every donut delicious.
- IKEA – This store is so big it is easy to become overwhelmed. I love the food in a store (and so do my kids). It’s cheap (HURRAY). Their stuff is decent quality for what it is and the price you pay. I will go back to this store again – especially at Christmas time for my Secret Santa gifts.
- H&M – Not all that different from Forever 21 and Love Couture. Prices pretty similar. Good fill in stuff. Terribly trendy. Great for my 12 year old daughter that will grow out of the stuff before it has a chance to not be in fashion anymore, but definately NOT for the 40+ mom set. (I wouldn’t consider myself dowdy yet but not that trendy).
- Trader Joe’s – Seriously? What is all the hype about? This is just a grocery store people! They have some different stuff. That’s cool. Their prices are more than Kings or Safeway and more in line with Whole Foods (who I believe is over-priced anyway). It seems to imply that it is healthier – however their produce section is small and picked over! I love Sprouts. I will keep going THERE! I bought a couple bottles of Charles Shaw (Two Buck Chuck which is actually $2.99) and I’ve not tried them yet. Perhaps I will be a convert after that?
So there you have it. My personal take on all the “new” stores in town. I’ll probably see you at the next one too. Gotta see what all the hype is about. But it is usually just that – HYPE. The grass is not greener on the other side. It is just a different view.