Shopping and Dining

Whole Foods, IKEA, Macy's They've got the goods and the food

What’s not to love? Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar – and retail store – opened a couple of decades ago in Naples, FL, setting the stage for more along the (fashion and food) line. We think it’s genius, frankly.

“A 260-seat restaurant offering views of the Empire State Building, charcuterie plates, and wood-fired pizzas opened last year at Macy’s flagship Herald Square store in Manhattan. The escalator at Nordstrom’s in Bellevue, Wash., leads to Habitant, a center-store cocktail lounge where shoppers can rest their weary feet while sipping Prosecco. Local and seasonal ingredients are on the menu at the Garden Cafe, nestled beside the plant nurseries of Terrain in Glen Mills, Penn., a home and garden shop owned by Urban Outfitters,” says the piece on

The idea is to get people to stay in your store longer, and if it takes food to do it, so be it. We wish we could put a smiley, kissy Emoticon right here, but formatting prohibits. Darn it. For its part, Tommy Bahama has more than a dozen retail-restaurant stores, and plans are for more.

Another retail-gone-foodfair is IKEA, which has its own Swedish smorgasbord of food choices. Can you say, “Meatballs, baby!” Molly can, brave soldier that she is.

The web site tells us to enjoy a “delicious taste of Sweden at your local IKEA store,” and we can eat at the restaurant, grab something from the bistro or pick up something for dinner at the IKEA Swedish Food Market. is your link to all things Swedish – and you might just find that perfect lamp or linens or bed while you’re there.

One more for you to visit is, presented by our buds at Whole Foods Market. There are several eateries featured, but we are steering you to Wok Street, “an Asian-food venue offering comforting bowls of either noodles or rice topped with a choice of beef, chicken, tofu, salmon, or chicken balls, accompanied by a vegetable choice of garlic green beans, steamed broccoli, hoison aubergine, or Thai basil onions.” Be still, pounding heart.


Choose your sauce from Thai yellow curry, red Panang curry, or tamarind sauce. Side? How about Thai papaya salad, shaved cucumber, or salad onions. Garnish with chopped peanuts, garlic chilli, sesame seeds or garlic onions. As Molly would say, “!!!”


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