Sunday, September 30, 2007

Oh, My Heck: Smith's Marketplace; Souper! Salad!; and Classifieds

What's the point of having a blog if you can't use it occasionally to air petty grievances? Fans of The Colbert Report have seen his Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger segment. We've decided to steal his idea and occasionally express dismay or praise for things we see around town. Today, two places get a No-No, and one a Go-Go:

Smith's Marketplace: No-No to ruining Halloween. Yesterday, one of us arrived at the Smith's Marketplace in West Jordan just as two young boys and their father did. The boys were jumping around, so excited to get Halloween costumes they could barely stand it. When the doors slid open, they froze, their enthusiasm transforming into a disappointed keening. What upset them so much? The display: Christmas trees, blinking lights, fake snow, the whole works. That's right: a Christmas display in September. No-no, Smith's Marketplace.

Don't deprive us those kids of the coolest holiday just because you do 70 percent of your business at Christmas time. This is how your display should look this time of year (example via Shopko):

Souper! Salad!: No-No to Souper! Bad! Service! Bad service? Beat this: (1) After waiting several minutes, having to hunt someone down at the designated Employee Chat Table to ask if you could please pay so that you could in fact start the dining process; (2) mid-way through one's meal, having to flag down someone else's server to ask if you might possibly receive the drink that you paid for; (3) once said drink is consumed, having to accost a manager to ask if you might possibly have a refill before you die. No-No, Souper!Salad!

KSL-com Classifieds: Go-Go for awesomeness. They're free, easy, and you can find just about everything there. Caveat: Some posts can be disturbing. Is this one a scam? We really hope so.


Misty Fowler said...

Which Smith's did that? I was at the one near Millcreek yesterday, and I didn't see any Christmas, just Halloween. It's really annoying to see Christmas this early. It makes me feel like a walking dollar sign, and also makes me want to skip the store altogether.

derekstaff said...

Oh, you silly Voice of Utah. How amusing to see you futilely rail against what programmers might call "Christmas Creep." You must not be a crafter; I was inoculated against Christmas Creep when my wife dragged me to Michael's crafts to look at the Christmas items in August. There is, alas, no escaping it.

At least the expanded Christmas merchandising should make Bill O'Reilly and the Christian Conservatives happy. Bastardize the holiday all you want with commercialism: just don't say "holidays" instead of Christmas!

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I ate at the Taylorsville Souper Salad and they have great service. There is a new crew there that is on top of their game. There is this servier names Vivian, in particular, that is so funny and interactive with the customers that she makes it a very pleasant enviroment. Other great servers like Rachael or Bryan are fast and have good service. There is also a manager that I see ALL THE TIME, his name is Chris and he is probably one of the best managers I have ever seen. He does it all! I would reconsider Souper Salad if I were you, give this location a try before bashing it to pieces. Taylorsville, 5400 S. 1900 W.