Come on, let's do it: manifest a Trader Joes in Salem. "The Secret" says it's possible through the Law of Attraction. Thoughts become things.
Now, I'm skeptical that The Secret really works. But if everyone who reads this post thinks, "There will be a Trader Joes in Salem, Oregon," hopefully your believing will overwhelm my skepticism and a local store will fill the TJ-gap between the Portland area (six) and Eugene (one).
[See *** below for another approach.]
However, I'll rain on my own parade. Rumor has it that Trader Joes researched Salem and concluded that our semi-fair city wouldn't support a store.
I can understand why they'd come to that conclusion, given the feverish excitement that a new "big box" development or all-you-can-eat buffet produces in the citizenry.
Mayor Janet Taylor wants to spread the word that "Salem is a city with arts, culture, good schools, and fantastic sports and music programs." Okay, sort of true. But it's also a city with loads of bland overweight, under-exercised, and healthy food-averse people.
The good news for Trader Joes is that there's more than enough connoisseurs of exotic, creative, organic, and imported foodstuffs to keep a store hopping. In our group of friends, this is universally agreed: Build it, Trader Joes, and Salemites will come.
I've been told by someone who works for the city of Salem that they've tried for quite a few years to attract a Trader Joes. Well, they probably didn't use The Secret.
Step 1. Ask. Let the universe know what you want. The universe is your catalog. Place the order.
Step 2. Believe. It is already yours. You don't need to know how it will come about.
Step 3. Receive. Feel the way you'll feel when it arrives.
Ah, I feel great. No more driving an hour or more to get Trader Joes' authentic Tandoori Naan (Indian bread) and Apple Raspberry Sauce, among other delights.
In her recent "State of the City" address, Mayor Taylor lamented the large number of employees who commute to Salem from homes in Portland or Eugene. Well, I suspect a good percentage are cultural creatives who look upon Salem as a wasteland.
Entirely understandable. But a Trader Joes would be an oasis around which they, and we cultural creative locals, could congregate.
***As a backup or addendum to The Secret, also do this: take a minute and fill out the Trader Joes Location Request Form. Ask for a store in Salem, Oregon. Then tell everyone you know to do the same.
Thank you, from the bottom of my Trader Joes bereft heart.