The most magical place on earth
Posted on 08 / 31 / 2011
This is my favorite natural foods store in the *world*, such that for some items I wait until a family visit to the Bay Area to stock up at Rainbow Grocery (no kidding). The vitamins section was helpful with custom orders during my father's fight with cancer - they have everything and will do discounted bulk orders for you. Their household goods section is dangerous (you'll buy more than you need because everything is so cool) - natural cleaners, carved wooden spoons, beeswax candles, natural cleaning brushes, recycled glass coasters, recycled paper notepads. The produce selection is impressive, especially considering Rainbow's policy to take produce that other stores reject because they're not aesthetically pleasing (what a waste!). The cosmetics section is a dream (I second the Gabrielle/ZuZu Luxe supply shout out, as well as the "great wall" of non-toxic shampoo and conditioner options). They have numerous organic and biodynamic wines. They carry traditional Indonesian tempe (i.e. nothing but soy)! I've been avoiding mention of the bulk section. Anything I say here will be insufficient. It. Is. Amazing. The supply of reusable containers is the best I've ever seen (e.g. cotton bags for bulk foods, plastic and glass containers for toiletries and food, and more). And do you like/eat cheese? Look no further.
Other reviews cover most of the other wonderful things about this cooperative, but I really like supporting this business. Further, I really *like* paying the sometimes higher prices to support this sustainable business - Trader Schmoe's and Costco are anything but sustainable. The people I know who work there (i.e. the owners) love it. There should be more businesses like this - great for the employees, the customers, society at large, and the world.
Variety, Sustainable, Local
Only in San Francisco, California, USA