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New 2-Story Whole Foods in Pasadena: WOW

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We've driven by the Whole-Foods-to-be site for months now. Waiting. Wishing. While we don't shop at Whole Foods all the time (we love you Whole Foods, but your prices on many common items are just short of outrageous) there are a few grocery items we're partial to that we just can't get anywhere else. When we run out of these particular food items, the trek to the really far-away Pasadena or Glendale Whole Foods is a painful one, and we always put it off as long as possible.

So imagine our delight now that you (and we feel we can address you directly, Whole Foods, because we've waited for you so very long) are open. All two stories of you are open and wide-eyed and smiling and ready for business.

At 8pm last night, you were half-full of awe-struck customers, wandering the aisles in amazement. Running their hands along products, sampling your samples, soaking in your just-opened vibe. Most of them were smiling to themselves and to complete strangers, sharing knowing glances that said "can you believe this magical place we've stumbled into?" While we recognized some of your signature sections from the other stores (which now pale in comparison), part of you seems like a grocery-store Disneyland. A nut roaster? A massage parlor? A wine and tapas bar with daily wine tastings? Really? Are these things necessary?