Can you wine and shop in Amarillo grocery stores? Yes! Yes you can!
So this is the tweet that started me on an adventure this evening... another chance to explore and discover great things about my new home town.
I knew the answer to her question, Ellie Holmes is a TV Journalist based in the Houston Market, and from my own personal experiences and having a sister in law who worked at the Waugh Street Whole Foods Location in Houston, I knew that you could drink and shop as that location had a wine and beer bar in the store and if you happen to visit a Whole Foods, its pretty standard fare. Highly recommend it. but that's only part of this story. and as a side note.. the folks at Whole Foods aren't paying me a dime and neither is the next business I'm mentioning.
That kinda got me wondering... if you could do such a thing here. and after doing a little research my results weren't too promising, I do know United Supermarkets happens to have a concept at one of its Lubbock locations, but that doesn't do me or any of you here in town much good. After a tip off from a co worker... and sister station personality Danny over at Kiss FM, I made my way over to Market 33.
Ah, Market 33.. The store sitting over on Western just south of I-27 gave me a great first impression walking in. The store had something near and dear to this Far West Texan's heart... a tortilla factory... and as I made my way along that wall with more wines and beers than I could take a look at... there it was.... in all it's glory...
The Tasting Room....
Now, being alone. the idea of drinking and driving home is not a responsible move. but I did manage to take a look at the menu and a return trip will be necessary, of course with someone who can help me drive. I did manage to browse the store which does have a great local feel and the prices certainly are very reasonable.
I know. I might be preaching to the crowd and some of you might just laugh because you knew this all along... but hey places like Market 33 are what makes Amarillo a great place to now call home. and for me... there's nothing like supporting a local business.