Friday, February 17, 2006

Holy Starbucks, Trinidad Safeway!

It's been a while since I've visited my neighborhood safeway. I mean, let's face it, calling it the unsafeway might be reaching for that proverbial low-hanging fruit, but as my friend Aziz says, sometimes the low-hanging fruit can be very tasty.

Guess what else is tasty: The newly renovated safeway.

You see, normally I make the trek up to the Giant on Rhode Island Avenue. It's conveniently situated near the Post Office and Home Depot, making it easy to achieve a trifecta of errands in a fraction of the time. But time was slipping away from me yesterday and I was on a mission to make my friend a Bundt Cake for his birthday. (The Bundt Cake was very tasty. Here is a picture of it unfrosted, which looks a bit nude and oddly pervy). I served it with powdered sugar and a fruit medley of blueberries, strawberries and mangos. All of which I got at the newly remodeled safeway, which brings me back to my point.

The new safeway is tricked out with all sorts of gourmet trappings. Not only does it feature a starbucks inside, it also features grocery carts with special coffee holders built-in. God, have I ever arrived! This safeway says "luxury, baby," and all at a fraction of the cost of Whole Foods.

I do wonder what this palace of gentrification will do to the community. It was a bit disconcerting to see some of the low-income shoppers navigating the shiny gourmet displays, and I have to expect that many of the products offered by the renovated safeway would bang the budgets of its previous shoppers. (Damn you, Tantalus!) On the upside, however, employees I spoke with at the store said the improvements translated to a better work environment and one nice woman behind the deli counter said Safeway had hired upwards of 100 new employees.

The one concern I have? The Starbucks better not eff with the business at R&B Coffee. I know I will continue to visit with Alfonso, Kenya and company over at R&B when I'm not going shopping. But the addition of the starbucks and other niceties at Safeway definitely caught my attention.

Step it up, Giant!


Blogger Lonnie Bruner said...

Trinidad ...

Is that anywhere near Tobago?

12:59 PM  
Blogger Johnny Shades said...

You see, I do the opposite. Instead of shopping at tha fancy new Giant on Rhode Island or Trinidad Safeway, I go to the most ghetto supermarket I can find - the Shaw Giant on 9th and M. That way, I can avoid thinking about the ills of gentrification. It's like it's not even taking place...

1:51 PM  
Blogger Isaac Washington said...

Ask not who the coffee brews for, it brews for thee.

9:38 PM  
Blogger oohlaleah said...

Just making a funny...even though it was not that funny
well, at all
like not even boarderline smirk
but your safeway looks an awful lot like my safeway...

12:22 AM  

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