Just like Discount Records and about every hippie-esque shop in town (with the lone exception of Armadillo Hands, which will never, ever die), Beans had a special place in the hearts of Earth-loving folks like the crowd I hung with. And just like those places, Beans went away... but not completely. First, in 1996, it moved out to The Village Shopping Center, and then it was acquired by Wild Oats Market... a national chain in the same bend. And a few years later, Wild Oats was acquired by Whole Foods. And that's what it's been, and where it's been, ever since.
And over the years, that's where we've gone to get our specialty pastas, our spices by the ounce (or sometimes pound), sometimes honey and sometimes organic, HFCS free sodas.
Next week, the store at The Village will stand empty. Whole Foods is moving. And it's changing again. But a lot of the things that make it pretty cool are staying.
Grav and I were in one of the first parties allowed a glance inside the new facility this morning. It's located inside a building originally purposed for Linens 'N' Things, which has hosted a church, random sales of this and that and Halloween Express over these past few years.
The exterior has been changed, with the utilization of shipping containers. Inside, the decor leans towards the outdoors, with a camping theme. The Whole Foods folks have realized that Arkansas has a whole lot to enjoy outside.
So here are some of the images we took this morning.
|Of course, Whole Foods has a wide array of what we once considered exotic items |
here... from fish sauce to curry sauce and all sorts of other stuff.
There are, of course, so many other options Whole Foods will offer -- fresh fish and meats as usual, plus a juice and coffee bar, a deli station with specialty sandwiches such as the Pinnacle and the Bowman, and the aforementioned bar.
|This chicken feed may not be exciting to everyone, but to backyard farmers in Little |
Rock, this is awesome -- chicken feed. Also, the same company will be offering eggs.
The store has its own forager, who will be seeking out even more local farmers and producers to bring local products to the shelves. So yes, shopping Whole Foods is shopping local.
The grand opening is at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18th. Doors open at 8 a.m. -- and there will be free pastries and the first 500 people through the door will get a free shopping bag. Cool stuff is afoot and ahead. For more information, check out the webpage -- and to keep up with happenings at the store, go hook up on Facebook or Twitter.