The parking lot was full to capacity, well past the number of spaces marked. They had guides directing cars to spots as they became available. This helped a lot, but it was still onerous.
The free pumpkins were only for the first 500 customers, of which I was clearly not one.
I browsed around the store a bit. The prices were significantly higher than Giant Eagle's (an average of 50% or so for items whose Giant Eagle price I knew). The appealing aspect was the variety of fancy upscale foods they had.
The cheese counter was particularly nice. The woman who gave me samples (Cheryl?) was extremely nice and helpful. I can't recall the names of the two cheeses I sampled, but both were good, particularly the herby french one. They do have some unpasteurized raw-milk cheeses.
I noticed apples from local farms, but I didn't buy any.
I managed to keep a grip on myself and not buy too many items. My purchases, with commentary:
- a mini pumpkin for Lori, since there was no free pumpkin
- Annie's "Peace Pasta Parmesan". I wanted to buy Lori the most hippie-ish pasta mix they had, and this tie-dyed box was certainly it.
- chicken sausage with basil and sundried tomatoes. I was very pleased by the variety of chicken sausages they had--this provides a way to use sausage in Sunday dinner meals in a way that works for Monica and Heather.
- Wensleydale cheese with cranberries. I was overwhelmed by the variety of cheeses offered; I picked this one just because it was referred to in a Wallace and Gromit cartoon.
- turkey salami. Salami that Heather can eat.