Today Dawson’s Market Rockville opened it’s doors officially.
Neal and I do most of our grocery shopping at Giant or Trader Joe’s but I have been looking forward to this grocery store opening for some time. I love grocery stores that provide more unique products, are focused on health and wellness, and that aren’t big chain stores.
When you walk into the store you are welcomed by the produce and bulk bin sections.
The produce section has everything you need as well as a seasonal and unique fruits and vegetables. Next to the produce section are the bulk bins including a bulk seasoning section.
As you move to the back of the store you find the Meat and Seafood section, which is small but has good variety. All of the meat and seafood is packaged in store and sold packed. It is not like many grocery stores in which you pick our your meat and then it’s weighed and packaged. Here steps 2 and 3 are done in the early morning making it easy for the customer to just grab and go.
The center of the store in filled with all of your bulk items. Protein bars, cereals, canned goods, toiletries, vitamins, supplements, etc..
The back of the store, next to the meat and seafood section, is the dairy section, frozen section, and meatless sections (which is filled with Lightlife products!!).
The biggest surprise was when I rounded the corner and was welcomed by beer and wine! You see, in Maryland grocery stores can not sell beer and wine but because Dawson’s Market Rockville is a specialty store they are able to well beer and wine. Woo Hoo!!
There is also a fantastic specialty cheese section, along with chilled wine. I think a cheese party is in my future!
Dawson’s Market Rockville also has an awesome hot bar and salad bar. I will definitely be having lunch/dinner dates here in the future.
Dawson’s Market also has a full bakery. Cakes can be ordered here, with Vegan cakes being an option!
All in all, I thought the grocery store was fantastic! I loved that it was smaller than Whole Foods but still had everything I was looking for. The staff was incredibly helpful and welcoming, which honestly is quite different than when I’ve experienced elsewhere. Remember to bring your own grocery bags (5 cents off per bag) and if you walk to the store you’ll get 25 cents off your purchase!
While there last night I found this AWESOME Virginia peanut butter. It caught my eye and I knew that one of y’all would want a jar. So let’s do a giveaway!! Who wants to win a jar of Reginald’s Homemade Creamy All-Natural Applesin Peanut Butter in honor of Dawson’s Market’s grand opening???
To Enter the Dawson’s Market Giveaway simply:
- Leave a comment on this post about what you look for in a grocery store.
- Subscribe to Coffee Cake and Cardio (on the right hand side of my blog) and leave a comment saying you’ve subscribed
- Earn an extra entry by tweeting: “I want to win @coffeeckecardio’s @DawsonsMarket Giveaway http://tinyurl.com/9b9vvax” (Just make sure to leave an additional comment on this post with your tweet)
I’ll randomly pick a winner Monday morning (October 1, 2012). (Please note that you must live in the Continental United States to qualify).
UPDATE: GIVEAWAY WINNER
I would like to congratulate Rae from Brocstar on winning the Dawson’s Market giveaway!! (two of the entries were removed making it out of 23)