I have been shopping at Trader Joe's for over 10 years. For many years I considered the Silver Lake Trader Joe's my store. But then the Hollywood and Vine store opened a couple blocks from where I work and I started shopping there on my lunch. A employee by the name of A.J. really goes out of his way to make sure I am secure with my experience each morning I am there. He runs around that store attending to everybody it seems like. One would think he runs that store yet does not wear a flower shirt yet. A.J. is funny and puts a smile on my face every time he checks me out. With simple conversation , politeness, and body language A.J. makes me and everyone in his line feel like they are at home. I have made friends with other customers who I have met standing in line at A.J.s register. A.J. keeps everything moving and always makes sure everybody waiting in line is involved in the conversations while bagging groceries. I enjoy the service I get so much from A.J. that now my husband and I drive to the Vine store every other weekend to do our regular shopping because we know A.J. will be there to assist us with our purchases and over all experience shopping together. We love Trader Joe's , but if every Trader Joe's had a employee like A.J. the Vine store would not be so special to us. The Hollywood Vine Trader Joe's is beautiful and the service I get from A.J. is exceptional. I recommend doing your shopping early at this location between 9am and 11am Wednesday through Sunday because those are the days our favorite employee is scheduled. He is one of the reasons we no longer go to Silver Lake. Thank You A.J. Jamesla
Oh Trader Joe's....I love you. But I hate you. Shopping at TJ's during normal working people's available shopping hours (any time on the weekends or after 5pm on weekdays) is just awful. It's h#ll on earth with reasonably priced organic produce. Don't get me wrong, the staff are friendly and helpful and I love the merchandise and the prices, but dear god....from the aneurysm inducing parking lot to the panic attack inducing aisles, it can be quite the clusterfxck. Seriously, after last night's shopping trip I felt like I needed a drink. Or a Valium. Hell, I could have used both. If you have the luxury of being able to do your shopping at 2pm on a random Wednesday, take advantage of this. You'll be able to browse all the great products at your leisure. But if you go on weekends or weeknights, forget it. You need to have a plan. You need to know your list by heart as there is nowhere to stop for 10 seconds to make sure you're not forgetting anything. You cannot stop to check the dates on produce. Can't decide between regular feta & the reduced fat version? TOO BAD. Keep it moving or else you'll p!ss everyone off. This can be a problem because some of the produce isn't as fresh as it should be. On numerous occasions I've had to throw out produce because I realized it was moldy when I brought it home. Examples of this are the pomegranate seeds and raspberries. If you have the time, really look at it to make sure it's fresh enough to last a few days. The prices and selection keep me coming back. I just wish the store had wider aisles and a bigger parking lot.
Japan Super is my new favorite Online Japanese Supermarket. I was a loyal customer of another market (similar Super name), however, since they closed, I was forced to find a new place to shop. And, I'm delighted to say that I found one. I have been shopping at Japan Super, since they re-opened in 2008, under their new name and management. They carry just about everything that I want or need. The Japanese produce is the freshest, their meats and fish are the absolute best and you can get fresh bread, mochi and wagashi, all delivered to your door. Japan Super does not carry any inventory. Items ordered are assembled only after you have placed your order. Therefore, you know that everything you are getting is the freshest (if made locally) or the latest imported products, shipped directly from Japan. The merchandise has not been sitting around for days, weeks or months, as is the case with some markets. Their service is excellent. On several occasions, I have asked about something that they didn't carry. They added it to their site (same day or next), so that I could place an order. They really go out of their way to please their customers. They are packaging experts and take great care in handling all of the items from fresh vegetables, fresh breads (not smashed), frozen meats and seafood packaged all in the same box. Non perishable items are shipped via Ground and fresh, frozen and deli items are shipped via Next Day Air. Japan Super's prices are very reasonable, considering the quality of the services and goods that you are getting.