I was thinking about my favorite stores as I was cooking today. I have a lot of favorites, each for different reasons.
My all around favorite is Meijer-they have the best selection of produce, meat, and ethnic food plus everything else a person might like.
I love Aldi for efficiency-there is absolutely no possible way to waste time there. In there, out of there, and it's cheap to boot. Love it!
Then let's hear it for Hobby Lobby. HL is my go-to store for home decorating on a budget, for crafts, and for all around coolness. I like that everything in the store is 50% off 50% of the time. If it isn't on sale this week, you can almost guarantee it will be next week. And they have a great crash and dent section.
My favorite clothes store is Christopher and Banks. Classic, feminine, and their sales make most of their merchandise rather affordable.
Coldwater Creek has the most girly clothes. Long, flowy skirts. Pretty blouses. I love that store. I have only ever bought one thing there. (A blouse at 70% off. Such a deal!) But I still love looking.=)
My gun store is Rylee's Ace Hardware. Alright, it is also just my favorite hardware store. Its not like I have a bunch of "gun" needs. I like the special knobs, and plumbing fixtures, and cool cooking things. Tools...not so much.
I like Barnes and Nobles. I love the nice chairs, and the shelves and shelves of books. Because reading is my favorite pastime-next to blogging and coffee drinking. And they all have coffee shops, so that takes care of that.
Williams and Sonoma always gets a drop in if I'm in the vicinity. I love the displays of copper cookware, and $3000 coffee makers, and innovative, aesthetic kitchen utensils.
Soaps and thick lotions are the best from Bath and Body. I splurge on their anti-bacterial soaps because they smell so good, and I can always tell if my kids have washed their hands. Its worth it.
Penzey's Spices...truly one of the neatest stores around! They have pretty jars and bags of any spice or herb you can think of. It is a feast for the senses. So awesome! And they have recipes and uses for each spice/herb. Very helpful. If I need a spice, this is the first place I look. And I always get my Indian spices there.
IKEA-how can you NOT love IKEA? I like the upstairs layout of the every room of the house. It is all streamlined, and interesting to look at. Lots of great ideas for organizing!
And even though I wear very little makeup, the place I get what I do wear, and my nail polish, is Ulta. Its bright and colorful, and they have the best selection of O.P.I. nail polish-my fav.
|The extended Hippie family. Photo credits to NPT.|
I think it may be time for some "retail" time wasting to counteract the insurance paperwork.=)