What is Mariano’s?
I’d never heard of Mariano’s until my Brother in Law and Sister in Law exclaimed around Christmas how excited there were that they were getting a new Mariano’s close to their house. This year Mariano’s is opening a bunch of stores in the Chicagoland area including one in Frankfort and last week Chase and I went to check it out.
Please remember I’m the mother of two preschoolers when I say this but all I keep thinking was: I feel like I’m on Sesame Street! From the minute I walked into the store until I left, employees greeted me and asked if I had questions. In a grocery store.
As I moved from the juice bar (where of course we stopped and grabbed a Kale Juice,) to the sushi bar and pizza shop, I felt like I was walking down a street in a small neighborhood.
That’s exactly what Mariano’s has tried to create: a neighborhood feel where you feel like everyone knows your name from the butcher’s shop to the cheese shop and the person who helps you out at the pharmacy. It just didn’t feel like shopping, more like a farmer’s market experience where we discovered and experienced wonderful local brands and small companies that Mariano’s brought in for people to experience. And yet, there were the regular brands I knew and loved and the convenience of being able to get it in one place with prices that were very affordable.
Double Daze Wednesdays
Chicagoland area grocery stores typically don’t double coupon unless it’s a special occasion but #MyMarianos is doing it every Wednesday for coupons valued up to $1.
The Cheese Shop
With rows and rows of cheeses to pick from, if you’re a huge cheese eater like myself this was heaven.
Mariano’s for Mother’s Day
The main purpose of my shop was to check out the Mother’s Day selections there and oh me oh my! We spent a good 10 minutes oggling at all the amazing cupcakes, cake pops and baked goods that Mariano’s offers but settled on a specialty red velvet cake. We had company later that evening and served them the cake. Although it looked small it fed 8 of us and was delicious. Unlike a regular grocery store cake, it tasted like a cake from a bakery.
The selection of flowers was vast but they had bunches of tulips on sale for $7 which I couldn’t pass up. Add to that a $0.99 card for Grandma and it was easy to see how people could very conveniently shop for Mother’s Day here.
For Mother’s Day we always celebrate at Mother in law’s where the guys grill us food and we finish with dessert. I may have to send Hubby out for a cake to help us celebrate. While at Mariano’s I also grabbed a bag of flour to make some more Salt Dough hangings and you can too! Super simple and great Mother’s Day gifts. All you need is flour and salt from Mariano’s:
Homemade Salt Dough Hangings
Mariano’s Reward Card
To save more money, you need to sign up for a free rewards card which you’ll need for double couponing and savings. Plus it gives you access to their cooking videos and recipes.
Neighborhood Shopping in One Place
Nowadays I want to go to a store with a bigger selection of natural or gluten free products than most but I can’t afford a totally organic lifestyle. As consumers we’re looking for more out of our grocery store than convenience: we’re looking for quality and Mariano’s brings that. It’s the convenience of a neighborhood store with all the brands you know and love and lots of natural options too.
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