On a trip to the Carytown ABC store a few days ago to pick up a liquor order for the bar, my co-worker insisted on stopping by Ellwood Thompsons Natural Market for some vinegar-tasting, "body cleansing" ale that he likes to drink. I haven't been in Ellwoods for at least two years and now I remember why.
- Over-priced "natural" and "healthy", organic, locally grown crap.
- An overwhelming stench of Patchouli and another smell that I couldn't quite wrap my nose around. It was kind 0f like the "Grandma's house when you're 7 years old"-smell.
- Deluded people whose soft bodies go against the entire health-centric idea behind Ellwoods.
- Deluded people who think that natural foods and other ridiculous new-age fads like "chick-pea oil" are soooo much better for you than processed foods, good ol-fashioned gym-time and disciplined eating.
- High cashier who had to ring up my friends order multiple times because, "Duuuudddeee, haha, hold on I totally messed it up again. Haha. Can you hand me back the ale man?" Not that there's anything wrong with getting high. In fact there's everything right with getting high, it's just funny (and I guess commonplace) when the cashier at a hippie food store is baked.
I trash Ellwoods but there are some highly in-shape, non-hippie, non-bearded people who shop there for the selection of natural foods, so it can't all be bad. Still, with the exorbitant prices you would be much better off supporting the "man" and going to a low-end grocer like Food Lion.
Of course while I sit here and preach economy and discipline, I also went straight to Starbucks after Ellwoods and paid 5 bucks for a Grande Vanilla Latte.