Whole Foods May Put Tattoo Parlors Inside New Millennial-Focused Stores

Posted by gaiagal 6 years, 3 months ago to News
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Adjusting to changing markets and the morphing of "convenience."

We no longer need the one stop shopping convenience of banks, pharmacies, and dry cleaners under the same roof as the groceries.

The Internet has changed all that. We really don't even need big grocery stores any more. We won't need more than the small convenience shop within a gas station to pick up a milk or butter because one unexpectedly used up what was ordered online.

If you use Peapod, you get all your groceries delivered - for only $10!

If you use services such as Plated, Blue Apron or the Purple Carrot - you not only don't have to leave your house to shop for fresh, natural or organic food food, you don't even have to think - you barely have to peel, chop, slice or dice - just pour, mix, turn on an appliance or two, put the food in, wait (maybe stir a time or two), turn off appliances, put food on the plate and enjoy.

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  • Posted by mccannon01 6 years, 3 months ago
    All I want to know is will the tat parlors in the food store accept food stamps? ... swipe card here, please...

    I may be old fashioned, but to see a beautiful female representative of the species mark herself with permanent graffiti is a total turn off. Like taking a magic marker to a da Vinci or Renoir. I always think "What the hll was she thinking?". Guys have done that sht to themselves for centuries and I just don't care, but they have gotten pretty stupid about it, too. OK, I'm doing a sexist double standard here. Whatever...
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    • Posted by 6 years, 3 months ago
      I can appreciate the artwork but I don't care for skin as a permanent canvas.

      I also agree with Mammaemma, this is your opinion of aesthetics. It's a bit disconcerting to see that almost everyone either apologizes for or first qualifies their opinions today. I find myself doing it also. I am now making a concerted to stop.
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    • Posted by Mamaemma 6 years, 3 months ago
      You are expressing your opinion of esthetics, mc cannon. That is not sexist.
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      • Posted by mccannon01 6 years, 3 months ago
        Thanks, Mamaemma and gaiagal. Right after I hit "reply" on what I wrote I thought I'd probably get chastised in some way for expressing such a thought in these PC times. However, the idiom "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" holds sway. I am reminded of a story I was told many years ago about differing opinions:

        An old Vermonter was standing in a field atop a high hill overlooking a beautiful valley. The wild flowers grew all about and the summer breeze was filled with a wonderful aroma not experienced in many other places. A couple came up behind him and interrupted his thoughts with a friendly "hello". He returned the friendly greeting and they proceeded to inform him they just bought the land because it was such a nice spot to build their beautiful dream house. He replied, "Perhaps, but I always thought this was a nice spot for a meadow."
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    • Posted by blackswan 6 years, 3 months ago
      I'm right with you. I'm massively turned off by tats and piercings, especially on a beautiful gal. It doesn't make sense to mar an already beautiful presentation.
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  • Posted by freedomforall 6 years, 3 months ago
    The market will decide the wisdom or folly of this plan. They are free to make their own mistakes, and hopefully they will get the benefit of success and suffer the penalty of failure.
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    • Posted by 6 years, 3 months ago
      ...and this is the reason I find this interesting. I've had the experience of watching the corner grocery store morph into the big grocery store and then turn into the one-stop shopping mega store.

      Then, on a parallel path, starting in the late 70s, there was the development of little stores known as health food stores that morphed into the old fashion grocery store (only it sold health/organic foods, vitamins, etc.) Now those grocery stores are shifting into a new type of mega store.

      The technology and the Internet are changing business models in every walk of life and the changes are occurring with increasing rapidity.

      Ever since this gal from a sleepy town in New England walked into a Meijer's Thrifty Acre Store (Ypsilanti, MI) in the late seventies, I have been fascinated by the different offerings (or non-offerings) of grocery stores. I'm also fascinated by the regional differences and what works in one place and doesn't in another and why.

      The fate of all brick and mortar store models are in question now. Who would ever have thought that possible?
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      • Posted by freedomforall 6 years, 3 months ago
        The more things are mass produced and reviewed online, the easier it is to buy things confidently withour first hand information.
        We are losing the regional flavor though.
        Traveling by car across country was a real adventure when I was young. Today its about the destination, not the journey in the US.
        Overseas the unique culture is still there to a certain extent but that is disappearing, too.
        Travel is easier, but less interesting per mile or per hour.
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  • Posted by $ jlc 6 years, 3 months ago
    I have seen some beautiful tats. Since I am in my 60's, I go out of my way to complement people who have tats that are well done and which complement their body type. The startled person often pauses to chat with me about the style and motif they chose. (I know something about Celtic and Viking interlace art and we discuss which their tats are and why.)

    We both go away from the conversation aware that we have constructed a thread-thin bridge between eras.

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  • Posted by johnpe1 6 years, 3 months ago
    I wonder if the Hepatitis C is thrown in for free. -- j
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    • Posted by 6 years, 3 months ago
      Yup, the blood.

      I was always under the impression that visual appearance stimulates grocery spending, hence the importance of product placement and the situation of aisles.

      Where would the tat parlor go and how would it stimulate sales of what products? Tomatoes? Tomato juice? Bandages? Salves?

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  • Posted by Herb7734 6 years, 3 months ago
    Shopping by internet is likely the future. But personally, I don't like it. I want to touch the fruit. Inspect the lettuce. Try on the clothes, operate the tech item. Often what looks good on the internet is a disappointment when you get it which means you must send it back and wait for a refund and most often pay for costs not to mention time and the need to start all over again. The only time I use buying on line is when I can't get the particular product anywhere else. And even then, I'm leery. Just old fashioned, I guess.
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  • Posted by $ Abaco 6 years, 3 months ago
    I never really got the whole tattoo rage. Many of my friends have ink - possibly most do. Most of it looks like crap and, what's most surprising to me, much of it has no significant meaning. You'll see guys with Mighty Mouse on their arm, or a batman insignia, or a ghost that looks like a blob. I don't get that. I'm starting to think that most are selected in a drunken stupor...

    In an upscale bedroom community near us there's a nice Whole Foods. There's a shortage of men shopping there. That's all I'm going to say about that...
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    • Posted by 6 years, 3 months ago
      lol :)

      I've seen a few beautiful tats but I don't think the young folk are thinking ahead to what those tats are going to look like when they are older.

      When I see tats even the beautiful ones, all I can think of is when I was a kid and would take silly putty, press it on the comics, take it off and then stretch it.

      Anyone who has done that knows it would be insane to get a tattoo anywhere other than the ankle or, maybe, the shoulder :)
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  • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 6 years, 3 months ago
    Not a fan of tattoos and it sounds dumb to mix with food.
    There may well come a time shortly where our food needs to come locally if not grown in your own home...if we are to survive we will need to re-engage in community activities and cooperation.
    Enjoy the view of the world now but do not ignore your neighbors.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 6 years, 3 months ago
    For those uncomfortable viewing excessive tattoos or body piercing, all I can stay is you ain't seen nothing yet. Cosmetic body transformation is a growing enterprise, and those who seek to be noticed will find even significant physical distortions available and reasonably safe.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see a Star Trek fan try to adopt the appearance of a Ferengi, Klingon, Cardassian (no, not those Kardashians) or even a member of the Borg. We'll soon find lots of "aliens" among us, even before genetic engineering makes real, significant change part of our human reality.
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  • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 6 years, 3 months ago
    If you can afford it. Amazon I agree. Whole Foods along with most of the USA priced itself out of the market. Walmart yes and Dollar Stores but south of the border I'm living middle class again....in all but a few aspects and that's what Amazon is for.

    What's the produce like down here? Fresh, and it must be organic they can't afford commercial fertilizers.

    Another part of your internal retreat is ...vehicles. Want to put a huge amount of money in your pocket. Go car less. Takes a bit of getting used to and easier for me as one wouldn't fit on the boat.

    Inflatable kayak and dinghy and Montague folding bicycle.....what need of belonging to a gym? don't need anything to do pushups and situps or go walking....

    Best of all I can AFFORD it again after the Great Government Gouge of 2008.

    Not so sure for the impending re-vist but Dollar For Peso I'm ahead of the rest of you!!! put big GRIN symbol here.

    And it's much safer...... Sort of a spatula city ending.....
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