This is a great grocery store for throwing a barbecue or entertaining with specialty food. It does seem to be a bit more expensive than a larger chain for everyday (non-organic) shopping, but I've slowly converted to a full time customer since the organic prices are so reasonable and their selection of specialty items is so good.
Village Market Thriftway isn't quite as natural as a PCC or as big as Whole Foods, but it really is perfect for a great local grocery store in the N. Seattle/Shoreline area.
It has a huge wine and cheese section with specialists. They helped me with a few matches for my last holiday party.
Their produce department is great. It is big, but they seem to mostly have what is in season so you know what you are buying will be good. The guy at the seafood counter is super helpful and always has a recipe to share for the seasonal items.
I also have a tendency utilize their housewares department. They have a tiny boutique of dishes, cooking utensils, cutting boards, gourmet soaps and all kinds of fun stuff.
If you live in the area you really should check it out.