Tag Archives: Missouri

West Los Angeles Coffee Station Style

15 Apr

Hello, sweetener!

What a difference a day and about 2,000 miles make. Back in America’s heartland, we’re offered household sugar at our Trader Joe’s coffee tasting station. But in West Los Angeles, I was greeted at the coffee counter by Liquid Stevia and Blue Agave Sweetener.

Another way TJ’s knows its customers and makes it local.

more options for your additives

Coffee ala L.A.


Just sugar packs, please

The humble sugar packs of Trader Joe’s Kansas City

A Thanksgiving post: Top six reasons I’m thankful for Trader Joe’s

21 Nov

There are so many reasons I love Trader Joe’s. I thought I’d offer a few of them here:

1) Friendly

A pumpkin welcome sign

Welcome to the tasting station. Welcome to Trader Joe’s.

It’s the feeling you get when you walk in the door, when you’re sampling a snack at the tasting bar and when you’re chatting with the cashier while you’re checking out. The smiling. The helpfulness. The amazing return policy.

I’ve been to many businesses that are friendly. Trader Joe’s takes friendliness to another level. It’s part of the culture.

2) Personal

The service is personal and so is the packaging.

3) Fun

Find the walrus at Trader Joe's

Find the walrus at Trader Joe’s

Find the walrus and get some candy. Best thing since sliced PBJs for the 6-and-under set.

4) Animal friendly

Puffin cereal from Trader Joe's

Puffin friendly

5) Cheaper than most

Just check out a couple of my price check posts:

Price check: Coffee filters

Price check: Fage yogurt

Price check: Kind Plus energy bar

6) Good food

And after all the other nice-to-have qualities, the bottom line is that the food is good. The Yum Factor is high.


Happy Thanksgiving, Trader Joe’s! You have my undying gratitude for all you do to give your customers the best shopping experience.

And Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! I’m grateful for your support. Thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Related Links:

Trader Joe’s: All stores will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22

Thanksgiving sides cheat sheet

Beer here: Drink local

18 Jun

I’ve always loved the beer selection at Trader Joe’s. When I lived in L.A., I could count on getting a 6-pack of tasty Dutch, Czech or German beer at a shockingly low price – the brew-side equivalent of the classic Two-Buck-Chuck.

In Kansas City, a couple of things changed: First, the beer is a little pricey, running about $1 more than the same beer at other stores (at least for the Pilsner Urquell and the Boulevard Brewery flavors). However, I admit, after saving money on the other products, I will save a trip to a second store and buy the beer there for one-stop shopping.

The other difference is in the selection of singles. Maybe they offer singles in other TJ’s around the country – I don’t remember seeing that before. What struck me about the choices, was the array of Missouri beers. How cool is that?!

Missouri beer selection

I love our hometown Boulevard beers. This gives me a chance to taste types that I haven’t tried before, plus the opportunity to taste test beers from around the state!

One note for Missouri beer buyers: There’s a law that mandates beer must be purchased in quantities of three or more. I believe it might come from Missouri’s Liquor Control Law, Section 311.200, which states:

2. For a permit authorizing the sale of malt liquor not in excess of five percent by weight by grocers and other merchants and dealers in the original package direct to consumers but not for resale, a fee of fifty dollars per year payable to the director of the department of revenue shall be required. The phrase “original package” shall be construed and held to refer to any package containing three or more standard bottles of beer. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 311.290, any person licensed pursuant to this subsection may also sell malt liquor at retail between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and midnight on Sunday.

It’s a curious law, huh?! This kind of encourages drinking more than one might have! Chalk it up to another government oddity. Does anyone know the origin of this law? Another note, I think it only pertains to smaller beers (i.e. 12 ounce) – larger beers are still available as singles.

In the meantime, since you need to buy at least three to taste one, check out the selection on TJ’s posted beer menu:

TJ’s beer menu

Happy beer drinking!

Thanks, TJ’s!

Follow Things I Love at Trader Joe’s on Twitter: @TraderJoesKC

Related links:

KC Beer Blog

Beer Advocate

Missouri liquor control law – Revised statutes


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