This is the typical American Grocery Store. It is a large store where you can find just about anything from food to medicine. Parker has three such stores, Safeway is the closest one to my home.
I have provided some photos of this store for my friends who do not live in the U.S.
Although big can be very useful, we do not get the quality of food that you might find in Italy, German or Belgium Safeway does not sell the special cheeses, breads and deli items. Their offering is more generic.
We also cannot buy strong beers, wine or liquors in our grocery stores. Colorado makes it even more difficult for people because we have a "blue law" from the 1930s that keeps alcohol items from being sold on Sundays. This law is almost certain to be changed in 2008.
What to buy: Safeway pretty much has all the things you need to stock up your refrigerator and pantry. They also have a small deli, sell items like film, medicine and baby supplies.
Light bulbs, motor oil, cleaning supplies, magazines, school supplies, a pharmacie--even give flu shots.
If you want gourmet foods, try Tony's (see my tip on this) or Whole Foods.
What to pay: Prices of food items are competitive with other grocery stores.
You do not have to pay money to get a shopping cart, they are free to use.
Americans who have been to Europe have learned to appreciate "old world" foods. When we return from a trip, we begin to think about how great those foods tasted and we miss them.
This is where a shop like Tony's comes in. They have meats, cheeses, and imported foods from Italy and France. They also have vegetables and fruits, pastries, and even dishes and cutlery items from Europe. When you visit Tony's it is a bit like going back to that little shop you miss so much.
What to buy: Tony's has a bit of everything, you can even find those pastas that regular stores don't carry. I shop for cheese here, and meats like mortadella.
This store is packed with goodies you have been missing. I recommend it.
There is also a small wine shop next to Tony's Market. Colorado has a silly law that says that grocery stores cannot sell wine. So Tony's has to provide a seperate building.
This is a good wine shop. The best Napa Valley wines are featured along with wines from abroad.
What to pay: This store is not cheap, and you will find few bargain foods. But it is worth it to get the "real" thing when you are having a party or just want to enjoy the quality.
If you own a home in Parker, eventually you will want to fix it up and make it better. There are two choices in Parker for building materials, Lowes and Home Depot.
The Home Depot store in Parker is not run very well, it is messy and understaffed, so I usually go to the Lowes store.
They have just about anything you need for home improvement. Electrical, Carpentry, Plumbing--you name it, they've got it.
What to buy: Right now people are beginning to think about snow removal. Many people use snow blowers. Mine has a 5 horse power motor that chews up the snow and blows it many feet away. It is so handy. Lowes has many of these machines--see the photo below.
They also have sinks, toilets, doors, mirrors, anything having to do with electrical work, and they even have landscaping materials.
You can also buy building tools here. Power tools of all kinds are available.
What to pay: Bring your wallet. :-)