A few years back, John Lomax, my music editor and former colleague at Houston Press, wrote an article grading Houston-area grocery stores by the music they play. He mentioned the smooth jazz musak drivel that dominates most stores, but highlighted those that really made shopping fun. I'll back Lomax on the store that scored highest, Montrose Fiesta. The store's bargain prices were alluring, but music was also big part of the reason I shopped there so much, where you could hear Neil Young in the produce section and Sam Cooke in the cereal aisle. My favorite has to be when "Paradise City" piped in while I was in the beer aisle. I decided to pass on the sixer of some expensive import and went with a twelve pack of Lone Star. Cheap thrills, ya know?
Last night at the Broadway QFC, while making more indulgent food purchases than my wallet and stomach can handle, I found myself humming along to Sade, and thought about Lomax's article. I wondered "What grocery store in Seattle plays the best music?" Considering that I typically only shop at the stores closest to wherever I am living, in the year that I've been here, I think Marketime Foods on Fremont Ave N. has Trader Joe's, QFC, and Fred Meyer totally beat. Even if Marketime's selection is smaller and more expensive than their competitors, I have yet to hear another grocery store play Nas' "Halftime" and Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow" in the span of ten minutes.
Know of someplace better? Light up the comments section highlighting the grocery store with the best music.