A new Earth Fare store (#39) is opening in Summerville! This is their newest store and 2nd in the Charleston area, the first of which is across from my new office in South Windermere (btw, did you know it was the 2nd ever Earth Fare franchise? Now you do! You’re welcome.) I had a chance to stop by and preview the store before it opened, and let me tell you: It is beautiful! It’s 23,000 square feet of healthy, organic glory that will inspire you to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle.
Earth Fare prides itself on its high quality standards, which includes no high-fructose corn syrup; no artificial fats, colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners; no antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones in the meat; and no bleached or bromated flour. The Earth Fare in West Ashley was built in the 90’s, so although it is still perfectly good, it is lacking some of the aesthetic charm that the new store has. I’ll touch on some of my favorite features:
Scoop Your Own Ravioli
And they have a flavor called “mac and cheese ravioli.” Uuuuh, yes please.
Scoop Your Own Bath Salts
Sweet citrus, fresh mint, handmade soap…. My bath is going to be so luxurious!
Scoop Your Own Candy
But it’s healthy candy, so it’s basically a vegetable.
Scoop Your Own Bulk Grains & Nuts
Ok, mostly I think I just like scooping things
Try Before You Buy
One thing I really love about Earth Fare is that they know how overwhelming it can be to make the transition from the big brands to smaller, healthier brands. You’re not sure you’re going to like a certain product, and that makes you hesitant to buy it. Earth Fare takes the mystery out of the whole experience. They’ll happily open any product on the shelves and let you try it to make sure you’re buying something that you’ll actually enjoy.
Find the Perfect Cheese
So many cheeses, so little time. Plus, if they don’t care a cheese you’re looking for, they can special order it (as long as it comes from one of their approved vendors & follows their healthy rules).
Because you should be just as concerned with what you’re putting on your body as what you’re putting in it.
$6 Meal Deals
Pretty much any day of the week, you can stop by Earth Fare and get dinner for $6, featuring select menu items on different days like rotisserie chickens, pizza, and more!
Local Coffee & Tea
Grind Your Own Nut Butters & Pour Your Own Syrup
Pretty sure I still have a bottle of agave syrup that I bought in early 2010, so I think pouring my own might be a better alternative (and also I should really throw that old container out).
The new store opens on Wednesday morning, and they’re hosting a grand opening party at 7 am on 9/23 (ribbon cutting at 6:45 am). The first 100 people in line will get a gift card of varying values up to $500! There will be product demos, live music, raffles, activities for the kids, and more!
Don’t feel like waking up early to wait in line? No worries! I’m giving away a $25 Earth Fare gift card. Enter to win below!
UPDATE: Congrats to Kendra Nangle who won the $25 gift card!