There is one store that I always go to if I just need to pick something up really quick, if I ran out of diapers at 9 pm, and where I've picked up medication and prescriptions for years. That store is always my neighborhood Walgreens.
For so long I've always gone to Walgreens for household illnesses, a gallon of milk, or even a little toy for the kids. Shampoo, nail polish, and a variety of clearance products, there's always something I need to pick up that I can find there. It's always been that one-stop-shop and somehow it's always managed to be the closest little store by my house, no matter how many times I've moved. It's that store that's dependable, and I love it even more now that they've developed a rewards card.
Last week, my love for Walgreens was intensified ten-fold!!! I was invited to attend the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the brand new Walgreens in San Francisco. This wasn't the opening of just any old store.This was the opening of a Flagship store in the heart of Downtown San Francisco. Located at 134 Powell Street on the corner of Powell and O'Farrell.
The Walgreens "flagship" style stores are designed to compliment the communities where they exist by supporting the Walgreens vision of becoming "My Walgreens" for everyone in America, the first choice for health and daily living.
Fresh salads and sandwiches, at Walgreens? Seriously?! I've always stopped at Walgreens before our kids football games to stock up on snacks, candy and drinks, but I've never seen one that has such a huge choice of fresh and healthy choices!
Here there's a large choice of sushi, cakes, burritos and other meals. I've never seen anything like it, and yes I purchased that Red Velvet cake, and it was DIVINE!
Here we have more salad, yogurt and fresh fruit, vegetables with dips, hummus and other meal options. What more could you want?
Even more salads! These look pretty delicious, I'd say!
There's an Upmarket Cafe, offering a barista preparing fresh brewed premium coffee and espressos. A juice and smoothie bar featuring fresh fruits and vegetables included in distinct recipes that are named after various San Francisco landmarks and areas. I also love that the Upmarket logo is on a look-alike bridge, which is one of the most famous landmarks of San Francisco.
More baked goods and desserts brought in daily by local bakers.
Now I know I'm a foodie and this is mainly a food and recipe blog, but before I knew how to cook I always knew makeup, hair and eyebrows. I'm a glamour girl at heart, and I was LOVING the upstairs area.
As you can see in the background, this is no ordinary beauty department at Walgreens. It has the look and feel of high end beauty products. Beautiful hardwood floors and natural lighting overhead. It's the epitome of everything you want when you go shopping for beauty items. Impressed is an understatement.
Bay Area Mommy, and hope she doesn't mind!! From left to right is Isis, Shannon from The Mommy Files, our tour guide Marcia, Brandi from Mama Knows It All, and little ol' me!
Bay Area Mommy got her eyebrows done and we were amazed at what a transformation it was. Her brows were gorgeous to start with, but he gave it a little oomph! That's me pictures above with him. I was too chicken to get my brows done, but looking back I wish I had!
The Mommy Files getting her shopping on! We had a blast!
#SFWAG, go check out everyone's tweets about this event!
Walgreen's core purpose is to help people get, stay and live well. Everywhere I went in the store, there was a friendly face that would offer assistance, and smile and say "Be Well". I love that! Nothing beats a friendly smile and extraordinary customer service. That, combined with everything in this store equates to a lovely shopping experience.
This store is unlike any drugstore you've seen before, and it provides a differentiated experience from what you would normally expect. For even more photos of my experience at this Walgreens, check out my Google Plus photo album!