The other day I was invited to the grand opening of the new Giant Eagle Market District located south in Strongsville. Typically I am not able to make events during traditional work hours but when I heard who would be cooking breakfast I had to somehow get myself to this event…and thank goodness I did!
From the moment I entered this new store I was blown away. You might think, you’ve seen one grocery store you’ve seen them all…but this is not the case. This new space is gorgeous, amazing artwork at every turn, stunning interiors, product displays to drool over, it truly is a grocery shopping mecca.
Not only is the shopping experience pretty cool, they also have a full service restaurant, a Starbucks and a really cool bar inside the store. Nothing like grabbing a cold brew while you make your weekly shopping list before exploring the store.
Along with the typical grocery store necessities, they have an exquisite sweet shop with many varieties of homemade truffle and chocolate creations.
Their fish and meat department boast many exotic and hard to find items including rack of elk and fresh python.
The bakery has an assortment of cakes, cupcakes and custom cookies…Browns cookies anyone?
I would be remised if I didn’t tell you about their sell serve bulk candy, teas, salts, nuts, spices and more…that section was my favorite!
But wait there was more…Mr. Mario Batali was there in person to open the new store, sign autographs in his latest cook book and do a handful of cooking demo’s throughout the day. I had the opportunity to chat with “Mario” about our Westside Market vs Seattle’s Pike Place Market (where he grew up) and he admits, our market is way more “shopable” that our pacific northwest market friends. We had some quiche and then we got a guided tour of the new store and then it was time to watch him work his magic.
The new store has a state of the art gourmet kitchen that will offer cooking classes on a weekly basis. Everything from a hands on learning series to more of a demonstration format, to kids classes and parties, there will be many opportunities to get in their and learn.
For the demonstration Mario worked alongside of Giant Eagles CEO, Laura Shapira Karet to create an amazing eggplant sandwich which we all got to taste…so yummy.
I would for sure recommend next time you are up for a grocery shopping adventure and have a bit more time to browse, drive yourself down to Strongsville and discover what a Market District is all about…you won’t be disappointed, I promise.
*I was invited to attend the special Grand Opening of the new Strongsville Giant Eagle Market District grocery store as part of the companies marketing efforts. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting this business that makes grocery shopping in Northeast Ohio great but that also allows me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!