August 31, 2005

Tiki Trader Joe’s

Filed under: Los Angeles,Monterey & Big Sur,Palm Springs,San Francisco,Tiki,Tucson — Humuhumu @ 2:30 pm

Trader Joe’s may share the “bringing you the best from around the world” M. O. with Trader Vic’s, but historically that has been the end of the connection to tiki. However, more and more Trader Joe’s are going tiki in their decor; locations that have been reported to have tikis include the Pasadena location on Rosemead Blvd, a Tucson location, San Luis Obispo on Higuera St., Cathedral City, Daly City, Santa Cruz, Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita, Cerritos and Manhattan Beach. These locations all appear to have added their tikis within just the past couple of years, and even more exciting, they’re turning to artists local to each store, using art from their own community.

2 Responses to “Tiki Trader Joe’s”

  1. Tangaroa Says:

    There’s a pretty strong Tiki theme at my local Trader Joe’s in La Canada, California. I keep meaning to take pictures of it!

    I used to work for Trader Joe’s back in the 90′s… Back when they lifted the font from Trader Vic’s in the early 70′s – the “connection” with TV’s was much stronger. I believe quite a few Trader Joe’s had a good deal of Witco & Oceanic Arts tikis, along with nautical & Polynesian decor.
    Here’s a photo of me in 1996, “liberating” a tiki that was going in the trash:
    http://www.christophermerritt.com/Blog/TJs1995.jpg

  2. Angellee Says:

    Quite a few have a tiki theme; the one by LAX (Manchester & Lincoln) however has an airplane theme.

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