I think Atlantans don't realize yet how lucky we are to have Trader Joe's. I thought the only way I'd enjoy them is when I visit CA! They feel like your neighborhood store - the staff is incredibly nice, friendly, & helpful, and the premise behind the store just feels like they want to be part of the community and to give you better choices, tastier choices, for all your needs - from breakfast, snacks, entertaining, family meals and quick meals. They have so many AFFORDABLE and tasty choices - (I love that I can now find different varieties of healthy muffins, along w/your not-so-healthy kind) and I think Trader Joe's chooses against products containing the bad, cheap sugar - HFCS (high-fructose-corn-syrup), as we all should! - so I admire them even more. They have a nice variety of flowers, from your budgeted, or every-day $5 bunch to your nicer bouquets ($12) and though only a small amount of produce, their other goods more than make up for it. I am a fan of WholeFoods, just find them over-priced and not worth it so much anymore. Trader Joe's has delicious cookies - Cat's cookies & another kind of Pistachio/White Chocolate, among many others, great desserts and just alot of variety and far-from-cookie-cuter stuff. I just love that they are trying to fill a niche that alot of us gourmet-minded and affluent people are wanting, but at a more affordable cost. Oh and don't forget to check out their wine collection - and grab a bottle of ""two-buck-chuck"" cause it's surprisingly worth it! Am I back in France or something???
Pros: Food variety & healthy or not-as-healthy choices, the staff, the ""2buck Chuck"" Wine
Cons: I have to drive more than 5min to get to one!