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?
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.