Friday, January 09, 2009

THE DOWNTOWN GROCERY STORE IS GREAT, IT'S YOU I DON'T LIKE!!!



After weeks of talking smack about the place I finally decided to visit the Downtown Grocery store.

Walking into the store seemed somewhat familiar given all of the news coverage it has received. The familiarity of the place was funny considering that Kansas City blogger Ramsey provided exclusive coverage before the media onslaught that ensued in this town.

Still I have to amend all of the observations about the cultural logics of the place. Why think about politics when there are grocery store goodies like Sushi?

First impressions:

THE DOWNTOWN GROCERY STORE IS THE GREATEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED IN MY LIFE!!!

Seriously, I think walking into that place has replaced most of my childhood memories.

THE DOWNTOWN GROCERY STORE IS BETTER THAN THAT TIME WHEN MY GRANDMA FOUND A LUMP BUT IT TURNED OUT TO BE NOTHING!!!

The place had a bigger wine section than I imagined and lots of cheap booze. I didn't check if they kept malt liquor (my fave) but that's what return visits are for . . .

THE DOWNTOWN GROCERY STORE MADE ME AN INCH TALLER!!!

I had a chicken salad, it was good, it only cost (somebody else) 4 bucks.

THE DOWNTOWN GROCERY STORE HAS INSPIRED ME TO MOVE OUT OF MY MOM'S BASEMENT!!!

For me it's too far to walk but too close to drive . . . So I guess I'll have to just break down and buy one of those downtown condo lofts if I can find one just a little under $500k - Women still dig lofts, right?

ADMIRATION FOR DOWNTOWN GROCERY STORE HAS REPLACED MY BELIEF IN GOD!!!

I'm not gonna lie, it was really nice.

Will it "save" downtown all by itself?

Not a chance.

Increasing downtown crime is a much bigger concern than groceries . . . And for now the homeless people have stayed away . . . That won't last.

I also notice that people were buying small items that only fit in one bag. They weren't loading up with those $200 cart visits that keep the suburban places open. Most of the traffic was nothing more lookie-loos like myself . . . Remember that these same people crowded the Sprint Center and were celebrated when it first opened and now the place STILL doesn't have an anchor tenant.

And yeah, the food options were great. The structure was nice and I guess the prices were okay if customers aren't tempted by the luxury items.

Still, Kansas City's love affair with gentrification is what's troubling to me. The way so many creeps in this town prize the middle-class lifestyle over the people who have lived and worked near downtown for so long. The fickle tastes of KC hipsters that never hold up over the long run . . . It's not grocery stores but SUPREMACY that I can't stomach. So yeah, the store would be nice if not for about 90% of the patrons . . . Which is how I've always felt about most of KC Proper.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Racist much?

Anonymous said...

See, it's not such a bad place! Next round of Colt 45's are on me

Anonymous said...

Still?

zzzzz

Anonymous said...

"Still, Kansas City's love affair with gentrification is what's troubling to me.."

Says the guy who CHOOSES to live down the street from the Bluebird Bistro, Lil's on 17th, Fervere bakery.

Anonymous said...

Oh come on people, he has a point, to hear some talk this is bigger than the Second Coming

Anonymous said...

I hate to say I agree. It's a grocery store. Nothing more.

Anonymous said...

down the street from the Bluebird Bistro, Lil's on 17th, Fervere bakery

Fuck those places. I'm white and I shop at Los Alamos.

Anonymous said...

That is why I shop at Wild Woody's. The clientel are not fern bar types.

Anonymous said...

There's still no denying that the Westside is a gentrified hipster neighborhood, and Tony CHOOSES to live there while proclaiming how much he supposedly hates gentrification. That's like proclaiming how much you hate wealth while living in a mansion with a butler and limo.

Anonymous said...

"For me it's too far to walk but too close to drive..."

Time to buy a Segway, dude.

Anonymous said...

HA! Tony's commenters are a lot more fun than him.

MD in KC said...

Sarcasm, thy name is not Tony Botello.

Reading your most recent attempt at being witty with regard to the new grocery store is akin to watching an actor who can't act, or listening to a singer who can't sing. It's painful and embarrassing. Not as painful as listening to your performance on KMBZ, however.

Here's the funny part. Tony admitted on air that he hadn't even been in the store. He (allegedly) took a few photos of the parking lot signs. He (allegedly) heard about the price of apples from one of his "kickass" tipsters. Darla finally had the nerve to call Tony out on a few of his (alleged) observations.

And what was his response? In a three-minute span, we had ham-handed diatribes on gentrification, crime, tax increases, red-light cameras and the mayor's general buffoonery -- all of which Tony attempted to tie to the new grocery store, and none of which made a lick of sense. Some of the callers did an even better job of showing how much of a fool Tony is.

Like it or not, a new business downtown -- any business, considering the state of the economy -- is a GOOD thing, Tony. A grocery store, which people have talked about for more than two decades, is a GREAT thing for all of the people who live and work in the area, regardless of race or gender.

I think you've been in that basement too long; maybe you need to have that place checked for toxic mold spores. For someone who claims to be concerned about the city's well-being, there are times where I really have to question your motives.

MD

Anonymous said...

Damn. MD schooled Tony.

Joe said...

What's wrong with homeless people?

Anonymous said...

The new grocery store is nice. It is a real cool place to go and see neat people. I like to put on my best smile and just walk around and say Hello in a cheerful way. It is way cool and neat-o. Please spend money there so it does not go away.

Anonymous said...

Goddamn Tony, did you have to give head to another of your "Tipsters" to get a free meal at Cosentinos? Rita gave you fucking busfare, you didn't have to pay for your meal, you probably lifted something from there on your way out, what the fuck are you whining about? Hell, Darla Jaye spanked your ass and gave you a reacharound while doing it. Get over it. YOU live in Rita's basement. Your time is spent ranting against Funk while fantasizing about Gloria's feet. This is your life. It ain't gonna get better. As long as KMBZ has no guests that want to be on that travesty of a show, you are it. Sucks to be Entercom.