Idaho's first Whole Foods Market opened Wednesday morning around 10 a.m. A few observations: When I showed up around 8:15, the parking lot was pretty empty. But by 11 a.m., it was packed. Traffic was being directed through the parking lot. The customers inside were filling their carts and baskets, not just popping in to see what all the hubbub was about. And some of the crowds at sample tables were several people deep. Even so, everyone was very polite and calm.
Photographer Joe Jaszewski took a lot of great shots: Click here for a photo gallery from the opening
Here's one of the sample tables, before the craziness began:
DOMA Coffee (a roaster in Post Falls) employees Jason and Young had four coffee pots going at once.
The Whole Foods company spent a lot of time finding local vendors, who are pointed out with signs in the store. Here, employees put the finishing touches on a display of locally baked cookies and breads from Wildflour Bakery: