Year One: Curb Appeal / Ditch the car-unloading mayhem and order from these curbside-capable companies
Remember running errands before baby? You could pop into the grocery store and pickup dinner in no time. Now that you have kids, you know that nothing gets accomplished in no time. At this point, you’re lucky if you run one errand; nevermind making multiple stops. Lucky for you, lots of Dallas-Fort Worth area stores and services have simplified the task of running errands by offering curbside delivery (usually for free) and letting you check lots of things off the to-do list at once.
Order and pay for your family’s healthy dinner-to-go meals over the phone or via the iPhone app. Upon arrival, call to let them know you’re outside and someone will bring the food to you.
Black Walnut Cafe
Call ahead to order from Black Walnut Cafe, and the server will give you a 15–20 minute window when you can expect your food. Park in one of the designated parking spaces; servers greet you curbside to review your order and collect payment. Multiple locations
Fort Worth Pizzeria
Pick the family’s favorite 10- or 14-inch pie from Fort Worth Pizzeria’s online menu then write-in “curbside pickup” in the special instructions section. Call when you get there, and someone will run the pizza out.
Fort Worth, 817/439-9443
Pop by The Gem to get a salad, fresh-pressed juices and smoothies (all drinks come in kid sizes too) brought to your car. Order online, over the phone or using the store’s app, and pay online or at pickup — just call to let them know your car’s make and model.
Forest Lane, Dallas, 214/792-9928
Luther Lane, Dallas, 214/750-2929
Get almost anything to go at Johnny Carino’s. Ask for a flat or folded calzone-style pizza over the phone, give them a description of your car and when you pull into one of the curbside parking spots, servers bring you the meal automatically.
Laili combine flavors from eastern and western cuisine. Both locations offer curbside pickup to customers who order online or by phone; just leave a note in the special instructions section requesting it.
Choose your favorites from the online menu, select curbside pickup, then specify your car’s color, make and model at checkout. Pay with Paypal.
Unleavened Fresh Kitchen
Unleavened offers unofficial curbside service to parents with children in tow during nonpeak hours. Pay over the phone and call when you arrive.
When you place an order online at Zoës, you’ll receive a “promise time” when the Mediterranean fare will be ready for pickup. Upon arrival, call and an associate will bring the food to you.
Use Kroger’s ClickList. Log in, place items in your virtual cart, designate a pickup time (same-day and next-day options) and check out online. When you pick up, follow the blue-and-white signs to the designated ClickList bays, call the number posted on the sign and an associate will run your order out. If you have paper coupons, he’ll add those to your order and adjust the final price. Delivery costs an additional $4.95, but your first three trips are free.
Sign up for a Wal-Mart account and start shopping — putting at least $30 worth of groceries in the cart earns you the curbside pickup option. An associate brings the items and loads your car for free.
Whole Foods’ concierge services shop the items on your grocery list and deliver them to your car — just send your list and payment paperwork to the concierge email 24–48 hours before you plan to pick up. Pull up to the front doors, call the store and an associate will bring your items curbside. Up to $30 per hour, a fee that may be lower, depending on the number of orders the concierge fulfills at once. Contact your local store for details.
The Container Store
Shop The Container Store’s online selection, add items to your cart and select the Click & Pickup option at checkout. When your order is ready, the store sends a text, email or calls (whatever method you specify). Click or call the number they send and you're your items brought out to you.
Crate and Barrel
Opt for back door pickup when you place an online order through Crate and Barrel. When your order is ready, park near the back door, ring the bell and the associates will deliver your purchase to your trunk.
Shop CVS online or via the Curbside app to get non-prescription items delivered to your car for free. After you submit your order, the app sends an email and text message letting you know when your order is ready (often within an hour). Open the message and click the link to receive the pickup pass, which you’ll need to show before getting your items. Link your ExtraCare number to your account to earn ExtraBucks and receive weekly ad sale prices on your curbside pickup order.
Create an online account and enter your ZIP code to virtually shop and buy items in the Nordstrom closest to you. Once you arrive, park in the reserved Purchase Pick-Up stall and call the number on the sign. An associate will walk your purchases out to you.