Friday, August 27, 2010

West Point Market....Like No Other Market

The Blog Tech and I drove to Akron, Ohio yesterday to visit West Point Market. We had been there about 20 years ago when the Blog Tech was a very little boy. I remembered it fondly and wanted to go back and see what it was like all these years later. I was not disappointed. We were greeted upon arrival by Larry who graciously gave us a tour of the market. We took so many pictures that I will need 3 days to cover this in my posts. So, take your time and join us on our shopping trip. This is indeed a special place. And as an added treat, this Saturday's new giveaway will be a gift bag I've made up with treats which I bought at this wonderful place!

The sign does not lie!

As you pull into the parking lot you are startled to see the beautiful plantings which surround the building.

Even the entry way from the additional parking lot is charming.

Their flower beds are prettier than most people's gardens.

I mean, really, how ofter do displays like this greet you when you enter your grocery store?

This market is set up like a boutique department store. You won't find the endless stretch of boring aisles that you find in most stores. There is a surprise around every corner. When you first enter, you encounter the wine section which is more like a fine wine store than an aisle in a grocery store.

Coming from a state which has antiquated liquor laws, it is extremely gratifying to see alcohol being sold at the same place you buy your groceries.

And what a selection they offer. Being the foodie I am, I rarely find products I have not read about/imbibed in/or have no knowledge of. So encountering this display was a delight as well as a surprise.

I never knew anything like this existed. I bought some to try and I will let you know how it is afterwards.

They having a charming British phone booth on display and the Blog Tech obliged my photo op request.

This is Mario stocking his wonderful wine area.

Walking through here is like going on an international wine tour.

I love that they offer a 'recession collection'. Click on any of the pics to enlarge them for better looks.

As you leave the wines, you encounter what else but the cheese!

I could have stayed here all day.

What a diverse selection they offer. This is one of my favorites. If you haven't tried it you should.

And I would do a major disservice if I did not mention the people that work here. I have never encountered friendlier, more helpful people anywhere. I wanted to bring them all home with me!

The West Point Market offers all sorts of custom made foods.

Each area also has shelves filled with items and gadgets which can be used with the foods you purchase.

I loved this sausage display.

Just part of their selection of blue cheeses.

A wonderful selection of honeys to accompany your cheese.

They even sell cheese paper. I have been looking for this for quite some time and here it is! I stocked up on it.

As you turn the corner from the cheese section, the beer section is next. I am not a beer drinker and not knowledgeable about beer at all but I was mightily impressed. What a selection!

You can even buy your own little kegs of Hofbrau Oktoberfest. It is almost that time of year.

A beer lover could go a little crazy here.

I bought a six pack of this just because I liked the graphics.

I bought a case of this for the same reason.

I stood here for the longest time just enjoying reading the labels.

Verboten (forbidden in German), Blithering Idiot (which I am sure you might become if you drink a lot of it).

They even post beer ratings!

And, of course, I could not pass up buying something with pumpkin printed on it. Smashed Pumpkin....what a cool name for a beer.

I hope you enjoyed this part of the tour but believe me, the best is yet to come. Stop back tomorrow for day two of the West Point Market tour. You will not be disappointed.

***You have one more day to enter this weeks giveaway. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning and the West Point Market giveaway will be posted at that time!