Happy Monday! Wait.. seriously. Those two words together.. ummm that is like an oxymoron.. don’t ya think. Did you do anything fun this weekend? Mine was pretty low key.. well ..except for the fact that we had our school’s RACE this weekend (huge success and lots of fun btw…) and then I was stubborn and had lots of frustration putting together a silly bistro set yesterday.
Today – I am trying something new – putting a spotlight on one of the local jewels of my area.. (or at least I would call it a jewel.. maybe a mad house mid Saturday afternoon.. but a jewel none the less 😉 )
Stew Leonard’s is a family owned grocery store that began in my current town, Norwalk, CT in 1969. It has grown from a small, 7 employee store to a multi-million dollar franchise – with the title of the World’s Largest Dairy Store.
Currently, there are 4 locations – including 3 in CT and one in Yonkers, NY. The atmosphere of Stew Leonard’s in and of itself is something else! I remember as a child – how much I would love taking trips to Stew’s .. because it is honestly like an amusement park…
Now, my favorite reason of going there as an adult is to get some of this:
Their frozen yogurt is TO DIE FOR! Now – they sell it in the store in 1/2 gallon containers.. but NOTHING can compare to FRESH fro-yo.. right from the machine!
Other amazing aspects of this store.. that really draw me in.. is how they make a lot of their products right in the store!
They also have great deals on Salmon – and other fish. Salmon is one of my favorites.. but it is always so expensive. Justin doesn’t eat fish. I always get WEIRD looks.. and comments.. when I go to the fish counter and ask for a single serving of a fish. I am not going to lie.. it gets kind of annoying when they judge how much I am eating.
Stew’s has a pretty awesome produce section as well. As far as produce goes.. you really need to pay attention to the sales.. because you can truly get a better price at other local stores for the same thing!
Once it is seasonably warm… there is also a petting zoo outside. I am not really in favor of petting zoos – but I think it is a feature that many families enjoy – as it is a place that occupies the kids after a LONG shopping trip. Stew’s is ALWAYS packed. Justin and I actually have a plan of attack that we use whenever we shop there..
2 baskets.. 0 carts.. easier to pass the browsers. Go directly to the items we buy there (Rice cakes, cookies & popcorn for Justin, Pizza Dough, Frozen Yogurt, Fish, and a brief scan of the produce) … then zip to the express check-out line.
I think Stew’s is an awesome little piece of Norwalk – and of CT. It is always listed as one of the tourist attractions for the city (although I don’t think we get too many vacationers here!) HOWEVER.. if you do happen to be in CT and near a Stew Leonard’s… I highly suggest that you check it out! 🙂
Do you have any cool grocery stores in your area… that can’t really be found anywhere else in the country??!