Tag Archives: Grocery store

  1. Aldi comes to the East End, so use these tips to get ready

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    February 16, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    This is going to sound like poppycock, but I don’t care. I might not ever leave the East End of Louisville. The grocery stores on this end of town keep me in their orbit, and now my favorite is setting up shop.

    Aldi will open at Westport Road on March 5, according to Business First of LouisvilleFor those who haven’t been blessed with an Aldi in their vicinity, this European discount grocery store chain is Trader Joe’s brother in price, operations and origin. I’m a huge fan, as I’ve written about on the blog here, here and here.

    My fellow East Enders need to check out my blog post about navigating Aldi for the first time. Your grocery budget will thank you for visiting a grocery store with inexpensive cooking staples and so much more.

  2. Don’t sleep on Aldi for your holiday baking needs

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    December 10, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Three years ago, I started a Christmas tradition by accident.

    It was a bittersweet holiday season. I had just started a new day job, but the first paycheck hadn’t come in yet. I was also freshly married, so my family tripled in size. I didn’t have a lot of money, but I wanted to do something nice for my relatives.

    That November and December, I baked and baked and baked. Batches upon batches of sugar cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies and double-chocolate cookies filled my freezer. Cookie sheets and parchment paper were my faithful companions, along with a dog eager to catch batter that flew out of the mixing bowl. And bless my poor oven’s heart — that thing really earned its keep that winter.

    Fortunately, the cookies were a hit. And to keep up with my annual holiday baking, I’ve turned to one of my favorite retailers — Aldi.

  3. What’s your favorite neighborhood grocery store?

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    April 24, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Local Louisville grocery stores are having their moment.

    Insider Louisville profiled Sean Reynolds, an entrepreneur who plans to open Reynolds Grocery Store in Clifton next month. The store, which will be located at 1813 Frankfort Avenue, will be “closer to an indoor farmers’ market/Paul’s Fruit Market model than a full grocery.”

    Reynolds will join a growing line-up of grocery stores that offer regional food at reasonable prices. Here are some of my favorites and what I turn to them for:

    • The Root Cellar. This relatively new store has two locations in Old Louisville and Germantown, and is $1,000 away from creating a Root Mobile to deliver produce to food deserts in South and West Louisville. Great for seasonal produce, farm-raised meat, dairy and eggs.
    • Paul’s Fruit Market. The Paul’s location around my way hits its peak between 5 and 6 p.m. That’s when office drones like me run in for last-minute ingredients to complete weeknight meals. Paul’s has a little bit of everything in its selection, from cheese and crackers to pasta and pesto. Great for fruit baskets, fresh orange juice, deli meat.
    • Frank’s Meat & Produce. If your parents where raised in Louisville, ask them about Frank’s. More than likely, they made frequent stops to this grocery store on Preston Highway. I don’t know what’s better at Frank’s — the hot lunches that never break $10 or the butcher’s counter with its steady supply of fresh meat. Great for meat, lunches, hard-to-find snacks.

    What is your favorite neighborhood grocery store in or around Louisville?

  4. Trader Joe’s wine shop now sells liquor

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    December 12, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Imagine my surprise and delight when I saw a sign in Trader Joe’s on Shelbyville Road this past Monday that read:

    Now selling spirits — just in time for the holidays!

    I’ve been a Trader Joe’s regular since the grocery store chain opened late last year. And now that they sell the hard stuff? Hello, one-stop shopping.

    Excuse me while I Carlton dance.

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  5. My Favorite Things: The tiny carts at Kroger

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    October 18, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    (Blogger’s note: Every once in a while, I come across something so awesome that I must shout it from the …
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  6. Time to stock up on $2 wine – Trader Joe’s is officially coming to Louisville

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    April 15, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    It’s official. Trader Joe’s is coming to Louisville this year. Business First of Louisville and the Courier-Journal reported Thursday that …
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  7. Here’s what I learned about food and money during year of living modestly as a VISTA

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    March 15, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    As an AmeriCorps VISTA, I earned a “modest living allowance” while I completed my term of service. Translate that as …
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