I’m off to Los Angeles again. This time for Parent’s Weekend at my teen’s university. Top on our “quality time spent with Mom and Dad” agenda? Shopping. Lots and lots of shopping.
It’s a pretty unexciting list, including the cell phone store, Costco, and several as yet undetermined stops for items like: flip flops, thumbtacks, shoes, dorm room food, and a new lighter-weight blanket. This trip, it’s all about my son. And his needs. Which seemingly also include a visit to Chinatown for some “real” Chinese food. But, I digress.
This shopping will be a far cry from the usual shopping that we might do while on vacation. The fun kind. The “destination” shopping. Which might include souvenir shops or the quest to find a local ornament for our Christmas tree. Or, it might include shopping that targets retailers we don’t have at home, and that we’ve searched out or happened upon on other trips. This is a biggy for us.
Like REI, purveyors of outdoor gear and clothing. My husband’s top pick wherever we go. He, sometimes alone and sometimes with one or more traveling family members in tow, has been to their stores in Colorado, Minnesota, Las Vegas, and most recently, he did indeed find one while taking my son to college orientation in LA.
And then there was Trader Joe’s. I say “was” because the chain finally came to my town a few months ago. But prior to that, we’d stopped in to check out the buzz while on the East Coast on more than one occasion, in more than one city, most recently during a blizzard in Washington, DC when TJs was open while even the National Monuments were closed!
A new one on our list is Wegmans, “food market” extraordinaire. Which is just a fancy way to say “awesome grocery store with products I’ve never seen at any stores near me.” There was one quite close to my older son’s campus, and my husband and I had fun shopping there and then sampling our purchases in our hotel room a couple of years ago. And while meeting with my blog friends last month, somehow there was a moment of excitement when we thought we saw a Wegmans nearby. We were wrong. But the two bloggers from towns with no Whole Foods did makes stops there while in Little Rock:)
So, over-planner that I am, I’ve plotted out a variety of stores that we might visit with our son this weekend. Four Costco locations, Bed Bath & Beyond, multiple Target stores, an outlet mall, two dry cleaners near campus, the nearest Sprint retailer that does repairs, and yes, I’ve come up with a short list of recommended restaurants for that meal in Chinatown:) By the time you read this I’ll be either on my way to the airport (because we are NOT driving this time) or in LA,
shopping, hanging out with my son.
Any stores you seek out? Do you like to shop on vacation?