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Old 09-23-2012, 09:31 AM
 
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Hi all,

I am trying to find suggestions for stores similar to Trader Joe's, that carry some organic items and lean a bit toward a specialized diets/healthy foods? Just wanted to get a feel for some of the grocery stores or markets in the area that folks on this website find interesting foods, like Trader Joe's or just good places to shop for healthier groceries. Thank you in advance.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:26 PM
 
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Try horrocks on 44th and Breton.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I tend to think of Horrocks as more of a produce place. Russo's would probably be a little bit closer to a TJ's.

G.B. Russo & Son, Food and Wine, International Grocery, Grand Rapids
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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In addition to those, Kingma's on Plainfield is a nice market. Nourish on Wealthy St:

Nourish Organic Market: Your Third Best Food Source
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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We love Trader Joe's but haven't found anything here that fits the bill. If you look for it Meijer actually has a good amount of organic food and decent selection of world foods, at least the one at 28th and Kraft does

They also sell chia seed, flax, healthy stuff, etc.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:36 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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We love Trader Joe's but haven't found anything here that fits the bill. If you look for it Meijer actually has a good amount of organic food and decent selection of world foods, at least the one at 28th and Kraft does

They also sell chia seed, flax, healthy stuff, etc.
I agree, Trader Joe's is unique... it's part of their success I think.
We go to Harvest Health sometimes, mostly use the Cascade Meijer though.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:46 PM
 
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Thank you for the replies everyone!
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:48 PM
 
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Oh ... and if you like Trader Joe's for groceries, I highly recommend the Trailhead Cafe for lunch on East Paris. Healthy with great produce, burgers, cheese, etc. I don't have any relationship with the place, but it is super tasty & the prices are decent for what you get.

Mentioning it here because I think it has a Trader Joe's kind of feel... and I mean that as a complement. Plus it is always nice to find a really good local small business. Just a warning they close in the early afternoon unfortunately
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids
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In addition to those, Kingma's on Plainfield is a nice market. [/url]
I second Kingma's. Delightful (and affordable) assortment of produce. Fresh meat counter. I got the most delicious Michigan produced organic milk today. I remember seeing something gluten free last week. Huge variety of cheeses. I adore that place.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:05 PM
 
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If you want a Trader Joe's in GR, write to them at:

Trader Joe's

Seriously, I live in a midwest city smaller than GR and I repeatedly wrote them citing reasons TJ's would be a hit here, and there was also a Facebook "petition" group. Maybe not a coincidence that they built one within a couple years!

I'm thinking of a move to GR and would miss TJ's. I'm sure there are good organic food stores there but TJ's makes it more affordable for some things.
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