My Luck May Be Changing!

I’ve always had this weird curse.

I would live in a place for years bemoaning the fact that there was the lack of a certain store in that location and then move. Without fail, a few weeks later, said stores would pop up as if by magic in my former hometown.

Take the east village for example. I lived there for about 3 years and had to do my grocery shopping at associated supermarket at union square (and then lug my groceries home on the 14D bus all the way to ave C and 9th street, but that is a different story.)

If any of you have been to NYC supermarkets and have also been to suburban supermarkets, you know of what I speak. The city is of course flush with wonderful small gourmet shops and specialty stores and believe me, I trekked all around Manhattan for certain cheeses, coffees, prosecco, etc. But I’m talking about your everyday basic grocery stores. As I was saying, they pretty much suck, and the nice ones like Whole Foods & Fairway were not on my route home, and therefor not convenient for everyday shopping. That is until I moved to Fort Lauderdale…

Literally within months, the brand new ginormous whole foods had opened up on Union Square, and, as if that weren’t enough, the Trader Joe’s opened up a few doors down. And it even had a Trader Joe’s wine shop!

OK, still not convinced?

Before Jeff and I moved to FL, as you know we were living in the east village, i.e. we had no space and therefor almost no furniture to speak of. Certainly nothing like what we needed to furnish the 2 bedroom 2 bath 1300 sq. foot apartment we were moving to in Fort Lauderdale.

After a little research, I realized that there isn’t even an Ikea in ALL OF FLORIDA.

Wait, back up. Let me say that again. There is not an IKEA, in the state which by all accounts and statistics has more people moving in and out of there than any other state in the union. What kind of sick crap is that?

But wait, it gets worse!

Not only is there no Ikea, but even stores that in the North East sell furniture such as Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel don’t have stores in Florida that sell the furniture for pick up, so you’d have to buy everything online and pay their exorbitant shipping fees.

I ended up purchasing the bulk of our furniture in NY and bringing it down to FL with us flat in the packaging in our U-haul. Crazy right?

And guess what they opened the spring after we moved back from FL to NY? Yep, a brand spanking new Ikea in South Florida.

Ok, so now to address the title of the post and why I think my luck is changing..

First, across from the Costco that is about .3 miles from my house they are opening a brand new lowes, which is about a 2 minute drive from our local home depot and will make comparison shopping a breeze.

Second, and more importantly, I was driving home the other day past one of Nanuet’s more forlorn looking shopping centers and saw a HUGE homegoods sign with “coming soon” in the corner.

Whao, I almost didn’t believe my eyes.. previously we had to drive to Paramus NJ about 20-25 minutes to get to the nearest homegoods, and even that isn’t open on Sundays thanks to Bergen County’s archaic blue laws.

So I think, I’ am pretty sure that maybe my curse has somehow been broken. If a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s opened up in Rockland County somewhere then I’d be 100% convinced.

Until then, I’m just cautiously optimistic :)

12 Responses to “My Luck May Be Changing!”

  1. I heart Home Goods! I can’t really indulge myself there yet since I don’t have walls or shelves to put things on, but I still like to shop there. Also, I just realized that you guys are only an hour away from our regular New Jersey haunts in Plainfield — my cousin lives there and we go up there for weekend jaunts pretty regularly these days. Who knew?

  2. I’ve never seen a HOme Goods before… but everyone has been raving about them lately! I might have to check out their website to see if there is one in Colorado. No Ikea here for us… we do have CostPlus, though.

  3. Hey Jamiala, wow, didn’t realize either! Very small world..

    Jennifer, its better that you don’t know what you’re missing :)

  4. What exactly is HomeGoods?

  5. EB, homegoods is owned by the same company that owns TJMAxx & Marshalls. You know how they have a home section in those stores? Homegoods is a BIG store that is JUST the same type of home stuff, but way way more, including large rugs and furniture and tons more stuff that they don’t have room for in the small home section of the other stores. Its where I got the rug in my dining room for about a tenth of what I would have spent anywhere else!

  6. Well I have some exciting news for you. Sadly I can’t get you a discount. But I’ll be able to tell you the actual grand opening date about 8-10 weeks early. I plan all the advertising for all HomeGoods grand openings. (I also happen to adore the store myself.) There’s no concrete date as of yet, but I’m pretty sure it’s late August right now (I can’t remember off the top of my head.) I’ll keep you posted…..

  7. Floridians: I think the recently renovated Crate & Barrel in Boca Raton, at the Town Center, now sells furniture, too!

  8. The Higher Nest, ok, see, you’re just proving my point! Cursed I tell you ;-)

    Lisa, thanks so much for the info! I was wondering about that. I checked on the HomeGoods website (just to make sure the sign wasn’t some sort of retail mirage) and it didn’t mention “Nanuet” coming soon.. so its good to get the official word.

  9. Yeah, have to share – our new Crate and Barrell has furniture. At least it didn’t rain during your wedding ceremony. :)

  10. FYI- your Nanuet store is scheduled to open on August 24th!

  11. Lisa, Thank you!! That is very exciting :)

  12. […] PS: If you don’t have an Ikea near you, I feel your pain! […]

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