Stew Leonard's is a chain of four grocery stores in Connecticut and New York. The store's fame comes from its innovative in-store marketing, which includes a barnlike wood decor, a winding path for shoppers instead of straight, parallel aisles, and animatronic singing animals perched above the shelving. As customers walk through a path of aisles, they are greeted by different employees dressed up in costumes and by animatronic favorites such as Twinkie the Kid, the Chiquita banana, and Clover, a cow's head that moos when one pulls its rope. Customers are also offered an unusually large number of food samples for a supermarket, as well as free drink samples. There are cows and sheep in the parking lot that you can feed, an ice cream section, and a floral department too! From the moment I got out of the car in the parking lot, there were people everywhere I knew I was going to have a good time. This is a wonderful place to bring the kids. Even though I'm an adult, I still had fun!
I first checked out the animals. The sheep were baaaa'ing at my arrival!
I enjoyed watching the animals. There were many families around and I could tell the children loved it as well. I'm a huge animal lover and any four legged friend always makes me smile.
I made my way into the store to see what Stew Leonard's was offering for sale today. Everywhere I turned were cookie samples, cheese samples, beverage samples, etc. There were also visually appealing signs informing you of deals, store information, and plain witty things written on them.
Each department in the store had unbeatable prices and a large selection of fresh goods. I most enjoyed my time in the bakery and cheese department! :) I sampled some cheeses and a chocolate chip cookie, both which were very tasty.
What I thought was unique were the different kiosks in the main departments where you could watch cheese being made and donuts being fried, among many others. This was very unique and I really liked seeing how the items were made.
I stumbled upon this in one aisle I was in. A cute, catchy tune for kids.
Stew Leonards revolutionizes grocery stores and makes a mundane, everyday task fun and exciting! I've never had this much fun at a grocery store before! I don't live close enough to this location to go on a routine basis, but if I did I would go on a more frequent basis. If you haven't been to Stew Leonard's before, I urge you to go. It's a very unique and fun experience. I am glad to have found out about this entertaining concept and I will surely be back in the future!