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Best Store Openings

Houston's most magnificent store openings enhance city's reputation as shopper's paradise

By Clifford Pugh

When CultureMap debuted in November 2009, one of our first stories featured the exciting news that H&M was scouting out locations for a Houston store. Three years later, the ...


Organic Bargains

Grocery store shocker: Whole Foods is actually cheaper than Walmart — new study takes on Whole Paycheck tag

By Katie Friel

A routine shopping trip to Whole Foods can quickly turn into a triple-digit bill, but a recent article by Kiplinger in Daily Finance found almost 20 common grocery items and foodstuff that are chea ...


More Speculoos Cookie Butter

Trader Joe's continues expansion with plans for fourth Houston-area store

By Barbara Kuntz

That jar of Trader Joe's famous Speculoos Cookie Butter is almost within reach of Katy residents as the quirky, much-loved grocery chain moves ahead with plans for a fourth Houst ...


Hallelujah!

Long national nightmare is over: Trader Joe's Speculoos cookie butter is back on shelves

By Teresa Gubbins

After months of hand-wringing and waves of hysteria, the crisis has been averted. The national shortage of Speculoos Cookie Butter, the delectably spiced peanut-butter-like spread sold by gour ...


Serious Condiment Reporting

Taste Test: Whataburger ketchup can't keep up with Heinz

By Teresa Gubbins

The day has finally arrived. We can now buy Whataburger ketchup, spicy ketchup and mustard at HEB stores. Condiment news doesn't get much bigger than this. And the timing is divine: Memorial Da ...


Grocery Wars

A major Houston grocery store is closing as trendier options crop up all around it

By Whitney Radley

Memorial-area residents are about to have one less grocery store option, with word that the Randalls Flagship store on South Voss will soon close its doors.  Swamplot first repor ...


Sound the Klaxons

Trader Joe's Speculoos cookie butter shortage plagues nation

By Teresa Gubbins

In a disappearance whose urgency ranks right up there with Waldo and the Lindbergh baby, the nation is currently facing a shortage of Speculoos, the addictive, spicy cookie butter sold by Trader Jo ...


Looky, cookie

Trader Joe's new Speculoos crunchy cookie butter is divine — but how do you eat it?

By Teresa Gubbins

With three Trader Joe's stores now in Houston, we can track their new products in our own backyard. The best-seller of 2012 was Speculoos cookie butter, a peanut-butter-ish spread made of crisp ...


Grocery wars

Trader Joe's Houston takeover continues: Another new store opens — and it's not cramped

By Whitney Radley

Didn't find what you needed at Kroger, Randalls, Whole Foods Market or the Valero Corner Store, or the H-E-B or Rice Epicurean just down the road? Fear not, Memorial-area residents: A Trad ...


Cookie monsters

Now that we have Trader Joe's, we can get all the peppermint Joe-Joe's we want

By Teresa Gubbins

You might think that devoting an entire story to a cookie seems extreme or touty. But, then again, you probably haven't had Trader Joe's peppermint-flavored Candy Cane Joe-Joe's. Th ...


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