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It’s February - the month for love! I’m happy to report that I’m in love with Uptown Grocery on N. May Avenue, just north of Britton Road. It opened on February 4th and my first visit was the next day. No grass grows under this realtor’s high heels!For purposes of full disclosure, I must admit that I hate shopping for groceries! While other people aspire to have their homes cleaned by someone else, I dream of having someone else do my grocery shopping. The crowded aisles and mindless layouts make me crazy. By the time I get to the long checkout lines, I’m “fit to be tied!” as my mother used to say. But, when I walked into Uptown the first time, I was pleasantly surprised. It was spacious and open and didn’t make me feel crowded. I was with my two grandchildren, so I grabbed a cart and loaded them in it and off we went. I told them we were on a field trip. We were going exploring.They live in Edmond, so they were my tour guides, because they have been to the Uptown in Edmond many times. By the way, they are three and six years old, so I was in good hands.First, they guided me to the cookies/cake and otherwise beautiful baked items, naturally. They were given a sugar cookie, so we were set to go. We circled the sushi bar and watched the bakers toss pizzas and then to the live lobster tank, not missing the fire oven roasting chickens along the way. We moved slowly passed the prepared foods, which looked delicious. A big slice of meatloaf caught my eye! We saw the Beans and Berry Bar, followed by the adorable steps up to what will eventually be a pub! Yes, a pub! They will serve wine and beer and the space will also be used for meetings, parties and cooking lessons. When we went up, we could see a panoramic view of the beautiful store. Eye candy for a foodie! I know it probably sounds silly for a grown woman to be excited about a grocery store, but I’ve lived in Oklahoma City for a long time and I remember the days of Humpty Dumpty and Albertson’s. It wasn’t until the last few years that Oklahoma City has added new and exciting shopping experiences. While I enjoy Whole Foods and am excited about Trader Joe’s coming to Oklahoma City, I enjoy supporting locally owned businesses! With all else being equal, supporting locally-owned is the trump card for me. Hank Binkowski owns Buy-for-Less stores and now has ventured into a completely different shopping experience. I applaud his creativity as I just look at the outside of the store and see that it isn’t your typical grocery store! And inside, amazing! (I can picture a similar store in Bricktown, Midtown, or nearby…hint, hint.)I do care about prices, so I will compare when I venture past the sushi bar! But I also care about convenience, my shopping experience and quality. Oh, and I can’t wait to try out their online shopping! May be the perfect thing for this anti-grocery shopper. I’ll keep you posted. P.S. Hank Binkowski is the owner. I met him because I was taking pictures inside the store and evidently, they frown on that. Competition and all, but after a loyal employee “turned me in”, I explained my purpose and he gave me a guided tour and introduced me to some of his employees. He also said that if I find something that I feel needs his attention, to tell him or a manager. He expressed their commitment to quality and customer service. I like that!