Not only in Eugene.
Byline: The Register-Guard
Eugene's anarchists tried, but even they could not kill the city's reputation as a patchouli-scented fly trapped in the amber of the 1960s. The stereotype lives on, and The Oregonian reached for it in an editorial commenting on the "uproar" over plans for a Whole Foods Market grocery store in downtown Eugene. Something like this, the Portland newspaper marveled, could happen "only in Eugene," which it described as "Oregon's most famously fa·mous·ly
1. In a way or to an extent that is well known: "his famously neurotic mannerisms [are] lampooned in the novels of Evelyn Waugh" counterculture coun·ter·cul·ture
A culture, especially of young people, with values or lifestyles in opposition to those of the established culture.
Uproar? Eugene has seen uproars, and this isn't one of them, at least not yet. What roar there has been - up, down or sideways - could happen anywhere, and certainly doesn't fit The Oregonian's template of hippies hippies
1960s “dropouts of American culture” usually identified with very long hair adorned with flowers. [Popular Culture: Misc.]
See : Hair resisting a natural food store.
Whole Foods is not a counterculture outfit - it's a fierce competitor whose co-founder and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , John Mackey John Mackey can refer to:
1. One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.
2. One who believes in free will.
[From liberty. . And the local natural foods economy is not a counterculture scene - it entered the mainstream years ago, paving the way for enterprises such as Whole Foods.
Indeed, what's happening in Eugene is the story of one over-the-counter culture meeting another. Whole Foods is huge, accounting for an estimated 20 percent of organic food sales in the entire country. And Eugene, while it is a relatively small retail market, has a highly developed natural foods network, including growers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and consumers.
Not surprisingly, apprehensions over the ability of local stores and producers to compete with Whole Foods have surfaced - this must be the uproar The Oregonian noticed. The concern is that local businesses will be swamped "Swamped" is the seventeenth episode of The Batman's second season. It originally aired in North America on June 11, 2005. Plot Synopsis
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see atavism. to the Summer of Love.
The Oregonian concludes by counseling Eugeneans to have a soothing cup of tea and relax. That's good advice, but most people affected by Whole Foods' arrival have no reason to be stressed out. Eugene's natural and organic foods businesses can expect not only to survive, but to prosper. If big retailers always won, Eugene wouldn't have so many first-rate bakeries, and Starbucks would be the only place to buy coffee.
Eugene may be famous for its counterculture - and if we ever forget it, someone is sure to remind us - but natural and organic foods have gone way past it.