Has anyone ever been to one? I have not, but apparently it is owned by the brother of Trader Joe, and according to Rebecca Schuman at Slate, it is the best grocery store in America:
Aldi also private-labels (those $1.99 “Millville” Rice Squares are Chex, you guys!), but what makes it a more exciting venture—and even cheaper than Trader Joe’s—is that it has imported the entire German grocery experience (aside, alas, from employees yelling at you if you do something wrong).
If you’ve ever visited Germany, you’ve noticed that a 4-ounce glass of juice at a restaurant may run you $10, while groceries—often of much higher quality than their American counterparts—will be noticeably less expensive. This is in part because of cost-cutting shopping practices whose arrival stateside I greet with a robust “Wunderbar!”
Hmm. This does sound nice but I will remain loyal to Publix until I have more first-hand accounts.
Photo: Nicholas Eckhart
Businessweek has a fun profile of Mickey Drexler, Jenna Lyons, and J. Crew this week, as they just opened three stores in London. Though fair warning, Brits: the prices are even more jacked up over there than they are here. (Drexler: “Opening international stores enormously helps your domestic business. Because then customers will buy even more when they come to America, because it’s cheaper.”)
I am frequently asked for suggestions on saving money over the holidays, so I thought I’d share some ideas that have helped me.
The Wall Street Journal examines how retailers have carefully incorporated the “deep discounts” of Black Friday into their profit margins, which makes a lot of sense from a business perspective, but it’s still interesting to have it said so plainly.
At Harper’s, James Marcus reviews Brad Stone’s The Everything Store, a book about online retail giant Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos.
So, news alert: I went into the gaping maw that is Sephora last night, for maybe the second time in my life, and I offer this as a follow-up, albeit inconclusive, to the question Logan posed this summer, “Is Sephora a Dream or Our National Nightmare?”
I was having one of those moments where you’re walking down the street on your way to somewhere and you glance into Sephora and think, “Is tonight the night I start wearing lipstick and instantly become a more attractive version of myself for the mere price of $36, or should I keep walking?” Well I don’t know what came over me, but last night I shifted from foot to foot, took a swig of my water bottle, then dashed in.
Jason Feifer at Fast Company badgered his way into interviewing a very random and very successful online company he stumbled upon called C&A Marketing, whose business model is based on reading product reviews on Amazon and manufacturing products to fill in the gaps of what people want.
Art auction skeptic and non-millionaire Henry Alford wrote a fascinating / ridiculous piece for the Times about interloping at the record-breaking art bonanza that was last week’s Christie’s auction:
Waiters wandered through the galleries bearing six-foot-long poles from which were suspended shelves heavy with Bloody Marys or dishes of scrambled eggs; generating the din of French and Russian and Japanese well-wishing were enough age-inappropriate couples to suggest that the event’s unannounced theme was Father-Daughter.
“After a 90-second wait, the $3.50 half-cup serving emerges from the vending machine accompanied by a choice of sauces. Customers can choose between ketchup, mayonnaises (which is the classic fry condiment across much of Europe) and a mysterious offering simply called “samurai.”
In the dead of night when infomercials run on air, most of us are sleeping. And those of us who are half awake are persuaded, somehow, to buy things “as seen on TV.” How, and why? At Priceonomics, Jon Nathanson looks at the economics of infomericals.
I love Janet Yellen mostly because she has an adorable bob and because no one listened to her when she totally predicted the 2008 financial crisis (TYPICAL). Well, now I have a new reason to love her: she wore the same outfit twice, horror of horrors, an all-black pantsuit that is the most inconspicuous, non-noteworthy yet subtly flattering and professional outfit imaginable. Per a proper finger-wagging at the Cut, some bloggers (men) found this amusing
Since Thanksgiving is later this year, there are fewer shopping days between scarfing down stuffing and all of the December holidays, so retailers are figuring out whatever tricks they can pull to get people to open their wallets. Some have already launched major deals—I noticed a promotion by Levi’s on Twitter a few days ago, for example, that gave shoppers 40 percent off their online purchases.
here are plenty of restaurants out there that take the time and effort to make sure that the ingredients they use are locally sourced and of good quality, but Local Mission Eatery took the extra step of opening a small market to give shoppers access to its goods.
Today, Americans are commemorating Veterans Day, but in China, today is an unofficial holiday called “Singles’ Day.” The date 11/11—the date with the most 1′s in it—has single people either lamenting or celebrating their single status, and Alibaba, the largest online retailer in China, has latched onto the day as a huge shopping day.