Founded in 1980 in Austin, this mega-peddler of all-natural and organic produce and products (including health and beauty) has stores that are easily navigable and in certain instances pricey. Cost aside, the inventory gives preference to local wares and fare, obvious by all the laminated rectangles touting "LOCAL." Of course, if imported French butter is your thing, Whole Foods has it stocked too. Each department's staff is knowledgeable, chipper and willing to hold your hand when indecision strikes. For example, the cheesemongers will take all the time you need when putting together a cheese plate for a dinner party with your boss. Most departments also offer prepared items, so when you've spent an hour wandering the aisles in search of dinner's ingredients and come up empty, grab a dinner-for-two package.
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