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A Shop at Love: Grocery Store Gets Into Matchmaking

Here in San Francisco, we have a grocery store we call "Singles Safeway" or "DateWay." Located in the singles-populated Marina district, this store has a reputation as one of the city's best pickup spots. A friend of mine swears the cereal aisle is happening, while the feminine products area — not so much. On the weekend it can turn into yuppies gone wild, and if nothing else, you will get checked out by a bunch of guys buying beer for a football game.

A store in Beijing, China got the same idea, but just like any reasonable establishment in a capitalist communist country, they're charging for the service. For a $3 registration fee, you can shop at the love store, which asks customers for their names, ages, income, occupations, and pictures. The store says it's matched 50 couples since it opened for business last November.

Looking for love at a grocery store comes with perks: if you're a vegetarian, you can rule out someone stocking up on steaks. If you're a foodie, you can go straight for the men who appear to buy only seasonal produce. Plus, it's easy to strike up a conversation — if you're in the wine area, you can ask the prospect next to you if he has a recommendation. Have you ever met someone at the grocery store?

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mix-tape mix-tape 6 years
I've seen some cute guys at the new grocery store I've recently started shopping at after a move, but I've never been asked out or really MET someone while food shopping. How do I do this, or is it left in the guys' hands?
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
I think this is cute!
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
I think this is cute!
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 6 years
If I'm being 'checked out' by guys buying beer for a football game, then I need to change grocery stores.
Angelica Angelica 6 years
I get picked up at Whole Foods and Trader Joes more than any other place on the planet. Clearly my basket of steel cut oatmeal and squash really does it for the fellas. No seriously, how odd is this? I think people just feel relaxed and domestic while shopping, but boy is it odd.
Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 6 years
hahaha oh my dateway...i will have to head over to the marina just to check that one out. It is true though... Whenever I grocery shop I tend to see men/ get hit on at safeway in the bay area...there was a safeway by ATT park I would stop by on the way home from work and it never failed I would see a good looking guy. There is also a market in the Richmond that is known for it's men... Men are overly gratuitous by handing me carts etc...this NEVER happens elsewhere btw. Sometimes I think it has to do with the male to female ratio up here. Oh, and it never fails guys are buying beer at any time of day and by guys, they are always in packs. what gives?http://jessicadruck.blogspot.com
Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 6 years
hahaha oh my dateway...i will have to head over to the marina just to check that one out. It is true though... Whenever I grocery shop I tend to see men/ get hit on at safeway in the bay area...there was a safeway by ATT park I would stop by on the way home from work and it never failed I would see a good looking guy. There is also a market in the Richmond that is known for it's men... Men are overly gratuitous by handing me carts etc...this NEVER happens elsewhere btw. Sometimes I think it has to do with the male to female ratio up here. Oh, and it never fails guys are buying beer at any time of day and by guys, they are always in packs. what gives? http://jessicadruck.blogspot.com
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I forgot what it was like to be able to buy beer at a grocery store! Darn PA!
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