- I love Trader Joe's in general, and have done 85% of my grocery shopping there for at least the past decade, but the West Seattle store deserves a shout-out!
More than any other Seattle area TJ's that I've been a regular patron of (includes Roosevelt, Ballard, & Queen Anne stores), the employees here go way out of their way to be friendly, helpful, and *actually get to know* their customers. Within months of moving to West Seattle and shopping here, several employees knew my name and/or recognized me and would catch me off-guard while shopping by saying "Hi Marisa! We have a case of dog food in the back for you. Want me to go grab it?" regarding my recurring order of a case of wet dog food. That's right -- for over a year (until it was recently discontinued) they placed a weekly recurring order for me (well, for Kona!) without me having to reorder every time I came in to shop, and they would always happily help me out to the car to load it into my trunk for me, which saved my injury-prone back!
One of their former employees, who I fortuitously became friends with through an unrelated FB group about a month before the pandemic hit, even went out of her way to ask me (someone she'd known for mere weeks, and only met a handful of times) if I needed anything (when food shortages were occurring in March 2020), and on several occasions secured items for me when the delivery trucks showed up after the store closed, and then DROPPED THEM OFF FOR ME AT MY HOUSE after she had already completed a grueling 8-hour shift, and I live out of her way home from work! *mind blown* (Yes, I reimbursed and even tipped her via PayPal, but the thoughtfulness & kindness cannot be overstated!) This speaks to the character of the people the manager there hires, and it's a huge reason why I am singling out this particular store for my Trader Joe's recommendation, even though I love the company as a whole.
Also, it's a GREAT place to get inexpensive, but beautiful (and usually healthy) plants! (If the plant dies, you can return it, no questions asked!) Let's just say I developed a houseplant addiction during quarantine because Trader Joe's made it too easy to get new plants every week...