Gourmet Heaven lives up to its name during soft opening

The wait is over; Gourmet Heaven opened its doors this morning at 9 a.m., and it truly is heavenly.

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While I would love to report that, like the diligent investigative journalist I aim to be, I was the first-ever customer at the brand-new College Hill branch of Gourmet Heaven, I only managed to snag (an admirable) third place. In my defense, the two students in front of me were coming off of an all-nighter, which I would call an unfair advantage.

A quick perusal of the aisles revealed an unapologetic collection of all the best bougie foods you could desire. I’m personally most excited about the coffee grounds selection, which includes highly covetable Sarabeth’s products. (For those of you unfamiliar with Sarabeth’s, it is a NYC restaurant that I once spotted Kelsey Grammer at. To be fair, I did admit it was all too bougie). The snack food options include tried-and-true favorites like Cape Cod Kettle Chips, and endearingly ‘alt’ brands with names like “Baked in Brooklyn” and “The Daily Crave” (with spoof newspaper packaging). Though I wish I could even attempt to fit a list of all of Gourmet Heaven’s offerings in a single post, some proper aisle-oogling will sure to be more efficient and more fun.

Even Solo cups are available in a variety of colors, including yellow and green, in case you are looking to mix things up. There’s matching Solo plates, too.

The salad/fresh food bar nearly speaks for itself, offering a variety of products ranging from mac-n-cheese, to egg rolls, to fresh sliced fruit:

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This is barely a quarter of everything available.

It suffices to say the Brown community was excited about the free sampling today at noon:

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This is the line on Meeting St. at about 12:10

Other local establishments are worried about the competition; I overheard a Blue State employee saying, “I really want to barge in and be like, YO, this is BLUE STATE’S town!”

While the store is open till 5 p.m. today, the official opening isn’t until May, so stock up and enjoy! Gourmet Heaven, we’re glad to have you.

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