Several months ago, my parents told me how they’d discovered the most amazing new grocery store in Gig Harbor called Main & Vine. They described the beautiful store layout, organic produce, quality food items – but they also mentioned that they’d spied more than a few good deals. These two concepts – healthy food and affordability – don’t often come together in a grocery store in my experience. Bottom line, I was intrigued.
About the time I was planning to visit, I received an email directly from Main & Vine. They felt their store would be a good fit for my readers (hey! that’s you!) and they were excited to share more about the vision of their unique store. I’ve had the chance to visit the store twice now and I wanted to give you a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside.
The first thing I noticed when I walked in is how airy, bright and spacious the store was. I could tell from all the displays and cases that this is the kind of store I could really linger in.
In the front part of the store, you’ll find all kinds of beautiful and healthy quick-fix foods and beverages.
My kids quickly eyes the wood fire pizza station! My son had been complaining about being hungry, so we ordered him and his sister a slice.
My kids ate their pizza (only $6 for two HUGE slices!) and my husband helped himself to a local IPA they had on tap while I shopped the store. (YES this place has beer and wine as well as coffee you can enjoy in store!) I think it’s safe to say my husband will be joining me on future shopping trips here. They have TVs with sporting events playing in the seating area and I hear they sometimes have live music.
Check out what my husband found perched on his beer! We couldn’t help but notice the tables in the dining area have USB ports built in them. To me that screams, “hey! Sit awhile; no need to rush!”
Back to the store! If you love fresh, gourmet foods, you’re going to love this place. They have an amazing olive bar…
And more salads than you can shake a stick at!
Main & Vine has a solid selection of gourmet cheese, both locally produced and from around the world.
Conveniently, the wine is right next to the cheese! On both days I visited the store, there was a wine tasting event happening.
Just past the wine, is one of the most unique displays I’ve ever seen at a grocery store! Here you’ll find frozen prepared foods such as cod tikka masala, pesto shrimp, cilantro lime rice, and smoked salmon chowder that you can buy in bulk. The idea is simple: scoop as much as you’d like, pay by the pound, and then head in a skillet for 8-10 minutes. Voila! My husband didn’t need convincing to try a couple of these dishes!
I always love a good bulk foods section! I found a wonderful selection of dried fruits, spices, nuts, and snacks at Main & Vine. They also give the customer the ability to weigh and print a label for bulk food items. This is a feature I’ve never seen at any other grocery store and I bet it’s a convenience for both the customer and the cashier!
Next to the bulk foods, you’ll find a few beautiful displays of housewares items.
What about the produce? I know some of you are thinking. Not only did I find the quality top-notch, I was excited to find lots of locally-sourced produce such as these Walla Walla Onions. I also noticed tayberry flats from Sterino Farms in Puyallup! In addition to local and organic offerings, I also spied some hard-to-find items such as passion fruit and turmeric root.
I wanted to give you a glimpse of how spacious I found the aisles at Main & Vine. I don’t know why this is the case, but often I find high-end and specialty grocery stores have narrow aisles and so many items just packed in. It ends up giving me sensory overload. Not at Main & Vine! The easy, simple flow of the store makes you feel relaxed and not rushed.
In speaking with the team at Main & Vine, one of their guiding principles is to connect local communities to their local food producers. For fun, I decided to see how many local items I could truly find. I was impressed! I found local foods featured on just about every category I looked – whether honey, whiskey, frozen fruit, oatmeal, jelly, soup, produce, bread, yogurt – there were small, local companies featured.
Now you might be thinking, “Angela, I can just tell from the looks of that store that everything is going to be overpriced. I just know it!” But here’s where things get exciting: I found lots of solid deals throughout the store. They carry the Simple Truth label as they are a Kroger store, and I’ve shared many times how I feel that label is such a good value for the money. A few other deals I spotted during my trip: Kind Bars for $1.25 (my personal stock-up price), Horizon Mac & Cheese for $1, whole Tuscan cantaloupes for $2 each, and a 9 oz container of dates for $3.49 (that’s an awesome deal!).
While Main & Vine isn’t tied to your other Kroger loyalty cards (think Fred Meyer, QFC), they do have a mobile app. Through the app you can earn “perks” which can add up to big savings. In addition, there are special offers that can pop up through the app. For instance, the in-store barista mentioned to me that sometimes people get free coffee offers through the app. You can download the app through the Apple Store or Google Play. (Learn more at Main & Vine.)
Now that I’ve given you a virtual tour of the store, I’ve got some exciting news to share. I’ll be teaming with Main & Vine to share their bi-monthly ads here at The Coupon Project. Additionally, I’ll keep you in the know of upcoming special sales and events as well as sharing recipes and ideas that feature items I find at Main & Vine.
The first ad I’ll be sharing will go live this Wednesday (August 3rd), so I encourage you to keep your eyes peeled for that. In the meantime, I encourage you to visit the store for yourself to see what it’s all about. Main & Vine is located at 5010 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor, WA. You can also connect with them on Facebook and check out their website for current deals and recipe ideas.
Now it’s your turn: have you had the opportunity to check out Main & Vine? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Disclosure: I am pleased to be a sponsored influencer for Main & Vine. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.