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Grocery Shopping Extravaganza!

Have you ever noticed the type of people that shop in certain stores? Well, today I’m going to write about that.

Here in lovely Humboldt County (Mainly excluding this to Arcata/Eureka area) we are limited on all kinds of shopping we can do. For groceries, if you live in Arcata, you most likely do most of your shopping at Safeway, Wildberries,  the Arcata Co-Op, or if you are lucky and get a ride, WinCo (which is located in Eureka).

Safeway is your average run of the mill grocery store. (Equivalent of Albertson’s, Lucky, Vons, Ralphs, Rays, Path Mark, etc.) Upon entering a Safeway, you will see everyone. Depending on the time of day, you get Moms and Dads with their kids, college students looking for a midnight munchie, and sometimes a bum or two. Personally, I don’t really shop at safeway, unless I need something quick (i.e. need something for a recipie) or a mixer for beverages, or whatever.

I do most of my shopping at WinCo.

This is NOT the Eureka WinCo!

For those of you that don’t know what WinCo is, it is a giant 24 hour grocery store that is located in the upper western US. The inside looks like this.

Basically a Costco JUST for food.

Winco is what I call a “shopping experience”. You can never just get in and get out. I always spend at LEAST an hour everytime I go to WinCo. Even if I know exactly what I need, and where everything is. There is always something forgotten that I need to run across the store to grab, and I always like walking through all the aisles, because I always find something that I had forgotten to put on the list.  The most fun part about WinCo? The people who shop there. Now, I might be some kind of hypocrite because I shop at WinCo, but only because it’s cheap ( Most people do for this reason). Most of the people that can be seen at the Eureka WinCo…are ,shall we say, tweakers. I say most because I know non-tweakers who shop at WinCo, but a majority of the people that you might see walking around probably just smoked crack in the bathroom. On top of that, everyone thinks it’s still 1995 and that Bill Clinton is still president.

This guy will be really pissed if you do drugs.

Not only will he be pissed, but he  if you do drugs, he will also use his garden shears to cut off your balls, if you don’t it’s his mullet. The choice is yours.

ANYWAYS, going into WinCo is like jumping into a time machine. Don’t look the children in the eyes. DON’T LOOK THEM IN THE EYES.  But they have awesome prices, so it’s always tricky going there. I never go alone. I wanted to start a site “people of winco” but as opposed to Wal-Mart being an attractive for strange freaks everywhere, it seems that just the Eureka WinCo is strange.

Next, I tackle the Arcata sector of the North Coast Co Op.

Arcata Co-Op

My boyfriend is Vegan and I am vegetarian, so we can get most of our food at WinCo, but we usually will go to the Co-Op as well. The Co-Op isn’t as expensive as Wildberries (A local, organic grocery), so this is our next best option. I like the fact that they are local, but they carry a wide variety of vegan alternative products. But, because of their “organic and local” viewpoints, instead of tweakers, we get hippies. I fit in a lot more at the Co-Op with my reusable bags than at WinCo.

The Co-Op is basically our Whole Foods/Trader Joes, but mostly cheaper because it’s a locally based shop.

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