After working as a grocery store bagger and cashier throughout high school, I feel like I know a TON about grocery stores. I pride myself on packing my reusable bags perfectly, no matter how oddly shaped my items are, and still remember the codes for tons of produce. Bananas? 4011. Red grapes? 4023. Impressive, I know. And I am glad to say that I have found an AMAZING grocery store that pays just as close attention to details like I did as a grocery store clerk–Mariano’s.
Mariano’s is an up and coming company throughout Chicagoland and is slowly expanding by building stores in the Midwest. Roundy’s is the company that owns Mariano’s, but each store has a neighborhood feel and has something special that makes it unique from its other sister stores. We usually go to the Mariano’s in Arlington Heights, but have also frequented the locations in Park Ridge and Bucktown and absolutely love both–as do my kiddos.
A Kid Friendly Store
Why do my kids love Mariano’s? There are many reasons why: the car carts, “tryouts,” amazing cookie and cake display cases (and the occasional free cookie that the bakers tend to give out), the pianist….the list goes on and on. But we especially love going to Mariano’s on the weekends because there is always a craft to do on Saturday and Sunday mornings. It is such a great idea because you can have one parent check out while the other takes the kiddos to complete the craft, or you can make the craft with your kiddos after they do a great job behaving during checkout. Bribery at its finest, huh?
I highly recommend looking into the kids’ programs that your local grocery stores hold, and if they don’t have any, ask them to provide it. The store managers seem to love when the kids are smiling and happy, which leads to parents who love going to their store because it provides fun for the whole family.
Mariano’s is our favorite egg hunt destination because it is a fun way to search for eggs while staying warm and dry (and with coffee in hand for mama). This Saturday, April 4th, all 30 Chicaoland Mariano’s locations will be hosting their Easter egg hunt at 7:30 AM. I highly recommend that you get there early in order to get a lay of the land and enjoy the fun festivities that the stores have to offer.
During the hunt, the kids are divided into age groups so that everyone is ensured a fun experience while hunting for 2,000 egs. There are photo ops with the fluffy bunny himself and prizes for the top egg collectors. Everyone wins if you attend because of the delicious and complimentary coffee and donuts that are provided (and those lucky parents in Bucktown will be offered mimosas–score!).
Happy Grocery Shopping!