Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The East Side Gets an Earthfare!

Many of you may think I'm a weirdo, but I LOVE grocery shopping! So when I heard that a new Earth Fare was coming to Solon, I was really excited. Honestly, I almost didn't believe it when I heard about it because we already have so many great choices for healthy organic food. I couldn't wait to see what the new store in town had to offer.

I was invited to the grand opening and was taken on a tour of the store by Ritchie. He was very knowledgeable and as he took me around the store, I could see why he was so enthusiastic too. Since then, I've been back twice and so far, I'm impressed.

The store is large but not so big that it is overwhelming. The aisles are wide so you can take your time to look around and read labels without fear of being run over.

I love how they set up the store so it's easy for you to make shopping decisions. Want organic? It has a circle shaped sticker. Want local? Look for smaller version of this sign

Gluten-free products are also easy to spot - they are mixed in with the rest of the items but they are on wooden shelves.

My favorite parts of the store are:

1. Bulk bins - the selection is extensive and full of surprises. Fancy sugar, spices and herbs, unique flours, granola, candy and more.
look at all those spices!
Grains, candy, beans, granola and more!

2. They not only allow you to try things before you buy, they ENCOURAGE it. No more buying a new product only to get home and find out you hate it! All you need to do is tell an associate what you would like to try and they'll get it for you.

3. Prepared foods are fresh and fairly priced. The selection isn't as large as the Cedar Road Whole Foods, but the price per pound is about $2 cheaper.

4. The Tomato Bank is their rewards program. Just type your phone # into the key pad when you check out. Love that they don't make you carry a little plastic card.

5. Their Food Philosophy makes it really easy for you to make healthy choices. They won't stock products with a lot of the yucky stuff we shouldn't be eating like high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and growth hormones. Saves a lot of label reading while you are shopping! If you ever find an item in the store that does have any of the nasty ingredients, you can let them know and they'll give you a $50 gift card and add the item to their "Boot List" and won't carry it anymore.


Here's some other favorites
We tried these stuffed chicken breasts and they were excellent! $3.99 each
Perfect for those summer wines and bubbles - a flash chiller
(every store should have one of these!)
Scoop your own ravioli and artisan chocolates
Imported Italian meats ~ swoon
And here's your chance to find out what YOUR favorite things about Earth Fare are. They provided a $50 gift card for me to give away to one of my readers. It's good at ANY Earth Fare so all the West Siders can shop at their Earth Fare too. Here's how:

1. (mandatory entry) Like Earth Fare Solon and Eat*Drink*Cleveland on Facebook and leave a comment below telling me you did. If you don't have Facebook, you can subscribe via email or follow my posts by clicking the links in the right column and commenting.

2. (mandatory entry) Leave a comment below telling me where you normally do your grocery shopping.

3. Follow @EarthFareSolon and @EatDrinkClev on Twitter and leave a comment.

4. Tweet the following:

I entered to #win a $50 gift certificate to @EarthFareSolon at @EatDrinkClev and you can too. http://ow.ly/lv1xo #CLE

Leave a comment when you Tweet. You can do this daily for extra entries.

A separate comment for each entry is required. If you do all four, that's four comments.

This contest ends on Monday June 3rd at midnight. Winner will be announced Tuesday June 4th. The winner has until June 5th to claim their prize. If they don't, another winner will be drawn. Good luck!

** Disclosure: I was invited to tour the Earth Fare store and received two $50 gift certificates, one to use personally and one to give away. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own. **


57 comments:

  1. yoyoyo! I liked, followed & tweeted and I normally shop at Trader Joes at Eton but now EarthFare might be what's up!

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  2. I normally shop at Trader Joes

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  3. I follow you both on Twitter #3

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  4. Like you and Earth Fare Solon on FB

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  5. I normally shop at Heinen's but have been giving Earth Fare a try since it opened.

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  6. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/Managed_Chaos/status/339732096358678529

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  7. Generally we go to Giant Eagle because it's so close... but we do shop at Heinen's also. There's not a Whole Foods anywhere near by... so I'm excited to check out the Earth Fare on the west side! Plus, my boyfriend works in Solon so he can stop on his way home from work!!! :)

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  8. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/jesslyinCLE/status/339738963172528128

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  9. I shop at several places: Heinen's Giant Eagle, Westside Market and Earth Fare in Fairview.

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  10. Im so bummed I missed my tour. I believe it was supposed to be with you! But I had to have a root canal. I love EarthFare. Their hot bar is to die for. Plus the fresh squeezed orange juice. Makes you never want to buy another bottle of tropicana again!

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  11. Not impressed with this store. Not only was the ginger dried out, filled with moldy rings and nasty, they picked an argument when I asked if they had anything fresher by insisting that it was Organic Hawaiian Blue Ginger ($6.99/#) and it was *supposed* to be like that. A simple, "I'm sorry, this is all we have" would have been sufficient.

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    1. Wow Nancy, my experiences have been totally different! And not just on the tour. When we have shopped there afterwards, everyone has been really nice and helpful. I suggest talking to the management - I'm sure they would love to hear about your experience.

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  12. Liked the store and you on FB!

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  13. I like you both in real life and on Facebook :)

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  14. Normally shop at the West Side Market and GE

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  15. I'm following you both on twitter.

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  16. I shop between The West Side market, Heinens, Whole Foods, Marcs, and Walmart.

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  17. I followed you and Earthfare Solon on twitter

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  18. Liked both. I shop at Coit Rd Farmers Market and other farmers markets, Mustard Seed, and Whole Foods. I'd be interested in seeing what EarthFare is like.

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  19. Followed @EarthFareSolon and @EatDrinkClev on Twitter!

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  20. Liked both on facebook. Usually, I shop West Side Market.

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  21. I get most of my fresh groceries at Nature's Bin, Earth Fare (Rocky River) and farmers markets.

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  22. Tweeted too, but had to shorten it a bit as the tweet was 20 characters too long.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! I checked that darn Tweet several times and it never told me it was too long - darn it! I updated it now.

      Also, it's one comment for each numbered task above - so one comment for liking BOTH Earth Fare and EDC, not a separate comment for each.

      Thanks again!

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  23. Like you and Earthfare on facebook

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  24. Liked you and Earthfare on facebook

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  25. I do most of my shopping directly from local farmers and from Heinen's. Wish we had WholeFoods on the westside.

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  26. I like you and Earth Fare Solon on FB.

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  27. I like you and Earth Fare Solon on FB.

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  28. Most of our food comes from farmers markets (North Union Shaker Square and Chagrin Falls and Geauga Farmers Market in South Russell) and Whole Foods.

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  29. I liked Earth Fare on Facebook. And I already "liked" you on Facebook:) I'll be in C-town this Summer, so I could use this! Thanks for offering the contest to everyone! Super cool!!

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  30. When I'm visiting C-town, I usually shop at Heinen's.

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  31. I already follow you on Twitter and now I'm following Earth Fare.

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  32. I "liked" Earth Fare Solon and Eat*Drink*Cleveland on Facebook. I shop at Heinen's, Costco, Whole Foods, and Mustard Seed, and of course farmers: some farmers in the country, some urban farmers, some pig farmers, some egg farmers, some tomato farmers, etc.

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  33. I normally shop at Giant Eagle, Peppers, Trader Joe's, and Miles Market.

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  34. I do like Earthfare and shop at the Rocky River store (along with Giant Eagle and for some things Target). My only gripe about the Solon store is it seems like they're trying to drive the Solon Mustard Seed out of business. I'm all for capitalism, but I hate seeing big chain stores (even ones that are arguably doing some good) come in and try to take away the market that a local store has eked out for itself. If Mustard Seed did a lousy job, I'd say them's the breaks, but that's definitely not the case. Unfortunately, they probably won't be able to compete with regard to pricing because they only have the two stores (the other being in Akron).

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  35. I shop at Giant Eagle and Heinen's

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  36. Usually, its the farmers markets, Natures Bin and Heinens...in that order.

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  37. And I tweeted. https://twitter.com/tfacey/status/341505616751235072

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