The Three Brands I Trust in Katy TX

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The Three Brands I Trust in Katy TX


Our friends Ron and Alexandra Seigel  created a challenge for March to write a post concerning the 3 brands which we trust. My picks for brands to trust already changed as the days in March passed on. I think like many of us the list is changing as time goes on.


My list might have a couple of surprises as some folks may say Really! My 3 brands I trust are as follows:


  1. Brooks Athletic Shoes/ RoadRunner Sports - I use to be a runner but hip replacement surgery over 6 years ago ended my running days. I now use a treadmill for my cardio exercise. I use to hate using a treadmill for cardio exercise but one has to change as the situation dictates.


I have very flat feet and finding shoes of any kind and especially running/training shoes is difficult at best. I have tried numerous brands over the years including but not limited to Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Saucony, Asics, etc.. Lucky for me I found Road Runner Sports back in the 1990’s. This company is a sports apparel and shoes organization. I joined many years ago their VIP group of customers and have been very happy for all these years. VIP provides me with a discount on purchases I make plus superior service. Back in the day,one of their representatives turned me onto Brooks when I explained my foot problems. I have bought this brand ever since. Brooks running shoes fit my feet and do not cause fatigue and pain when I wear them like all the rest do. RoadRunner Sports has always given me top notch service plus being extremely friendly as well as helpful. You do not have to be a VIP member to get great service! I trust their expertise and advice. I usually order my shoes or apparel via the phone as I can ask questions of the helpful service representative.  Returns are not a problem whatsoever. I listed both Brooks and RoadRunner Sports as I need both. I have found Brooks shoes on limited occasions in a very few stores and usually there are the low rated shoes being sold at high prices  in retail outlets at least in this area.


2) Trader Joe’s (TJ’s) - A few years ago Trader Joe’s opened a store in Katy TX and we were excited. We had read about this chain in several sources and were so happy when this store opened in La Centerra in Cinco Ranch. I have certainly never been disappointed with their products and their wonderful customer service.


I actually enjoy going to TJ’s as there are no hassles or problems. The TJ’s staff are friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and are just flat nice people to interact with. TJ’s products are excellent through all of their product lines. Unlike a few other competitors in the area shopping here is a pleasure. If I cannot  find something I want to see or buy one of the employees will  stop what they are doing and take me to where the item is located. Along the way were are engaged in a conversation. The pretender competitors employees point in a direction and mumble something unintelligible when asked for assistance!


I trust their products and the employees expertise and friendliness. Returns are absolutely no issue at all..


3) American Express (AE) - My first job when I graduated from college was working for Arthur Young which is now Ernst & Young as an Auditor. I had several out of town clients which required a fairly significant amount of travel to do the job. I got my American Express card almost immediately and have been happy with it ever since. In fact a few years ago, AE ran an advertising campaign involving celebrities who have had an AE  card for several years. I checked their member since date when watching these commercials and I realized I have been a member for a lot longer than any of these supposed celebrities! I considered writing AE a letter but never took the time to do so. My thought was here is an average Joe with a AE card for all these years and this is why you also need to have a card.


Yolanda and I are platinum card holders and have been for several years. Customer Service when I call is always superior and not a drudgery like it is to call a VISA or Mastercard group. If I have a problem with a product or service AE will it make it right for me with limited paperwork and no hassles. In fact if I ever have a feeling there might be an issue with any vendor then I for sure will use my AE card. VISA and Mastercard not so much and especially their gift cards.


I realize of course some vendors and retail organizations will not accept a AE card as their fees are higher than the competition. No problem for me as we already have way too many credit cards. I trust both their service and backing me up when there is some sort of an issue.


My pictures are at the end as AR changes my line spacing, fonts and letter size when I cut and paste from Google documents.. (?)








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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for your entry in our March Challenge.  I enjoyed learning about your choices, and AmEX is certainly a well known brand with a great lineage.  When were in Europe on our honeymoon, we used to pick up our mail at the AmEX office in Paris.  In those days, it was a great place to change one's traveler check or dollars for a better rate.  A

Mar 30, 2017 02:02 PM #1
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Thanks for your comment. AE has always stood by me and been very helpful when i needed help.. 

Mar 30, 2017 02:04 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm fond of Trader Joe's too, Bob!  I have one not too far from home, and often find myself there.

Mar 30, 2017 04:58 PM #3
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Good post! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences with these brands. My husband loves Trader Joe's.

Mar 30, 2017 05:31 PM #4
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We don't have a Trader Joe's in our area and do enjoy getting into one when we travel, but not with our American Express card, we do leave home without it

Mar 30, 2017 06:17 PM #5
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Trades Joe's is on the top of my list.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 30, 2017 07:28 PM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Bob.  I think I may write American Express on your behalf as well.  

Mar 31, 2017 04:03 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have never really heard much about Brooks shoes, but perhaps they have good hiking shoes as well.

Mar 31, 2017 06:16 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Bob, for sharing some of your most trusted brands.

Mar 31, 2017 08:27 AM #9
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I also like Trader Joe's and visit one when in Northern Virginia.  I love my Merrill Lynch VISA card. Never had an American Express.

Mar 31, 2017 09:47 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, had not heard of Brooks shoes, but not a shopper either.   Trader Joe's is a great place to shop, and see why you love AmEx.

Mar 31, 2017 12:00 PM #11
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thank you for your comments. I know some folks hate AE .. I do not like one major bank some of our fellow Rainers love. It all depends on your own experiences.. We have a friend who does like TJ's as he thinks the employees are too friendly in his opinion! We are like what are you talking about!! 

Mar 31, 2017 02:19 PM #12
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I am not familiar with the shoe brand but can tell it is a quality product line. I have seen many mention TJ's and wish we had one of those in our marekt place. I have to drive an hour to get to one.

Mar 31, 2017 02:52 PM #13
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Robert Bob Gilbert - despite you term them as 'local', I'd say TJ and AE are National Brands.

Great choices.

Apr 01, 2017 10:45 PM #14
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 As you know March was busy and then we had a surprise ending to it a good surprise and so I did not enter this great choices!

Apr 02, 2017 12:49 PM #15
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 WOW how time flies I remember this contest how time flies and so much has happened since then thankfully all good!

Jul 10, 2018 06:48 PM #16
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert - Time seems to fly by. I had to look at the brands I wrote about. I still trust all of them. I have worn Brooks althetic shoes for over 20 years.. I have had an AR card for over 40 years. TJ's is still my favorite place to grocery shop! Luv Y .. 

Jul 15, 2018 07:07 AM #17
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