Donna Festa (Owner of Lanikai General Store) is a charismatic woman who has truly put her love of finding the best products and anticipating what people want into a general store close to Kailua Beach known as LANIKAI GENERAL STORE!
What I noticed....
PARKING. Parking is a big part of my decision whether to visit a store or eat at a restaurant. If it's inconvenient or time consuming, I normally will look to find another location. BUT, in this case, LANIKAI GENERAL STORE has an abundance of parking (some shaded) that allows you to come-and-go easily.
Unique Products. On my first visit to the store, I didn't know what I was getting into. I walked in cause I wanted a bottled water...I ended up leaving with a bag full of fun. I returned this time because I noticed the variety of local products on the shelves along with a few that I've never heard of before.
I purchased one of these bags (above) solely on Donna's recommendation and let me be the first to tell you it. is. incredible!!! LANIKAI GENERAL STORE receives shipments of these from the Big Island and they sell out! (stop in and get a bag) I'll be honest, I've never been a toffee person (I'm a jelly bean lover) BUT after my first bite into this "Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Butter Toffee" from Hamakua Toffee Company, I'll be back to get more.
LANIKAI GENERAL STORE is also exclusively selling these Kailua Cookie Company bundles of deliciousness in their store!
As a HUGE supporter of small local businesses, Donna and the Lanikai General Store showcases a variety of local artists and designers.
As I was leaving, I noticed a sign on the door that called me back in. I wasn't going anywhere without trying an Eisenberg Gourmet Hog Dog. Soooo glad I did!
If you're ever in the area, please stop by LANIKAI GENERAL STORE and see what tickles your fancy. As well known as they are already within the Kailua community, Donna and her staff are always looking forward to meeting new people from around the island and the globe! Pay them a visit and pick up one of the many different products being offered by local small businesses.
Ps. I forgot to mention this earlier.... Donna creates all the sandwiches that you'll find in the refrigerator. I am in LOVE with her Chicken Salad and I wanted to show you a picture, hopefully this may drive you over there to try it yourself! (She's making more on Tuesday so I know where I'll be....join me?)