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Grocery Stores That Make Us Shamelessly Nostalgic

Thrillist | Posted 02.17.2016 | Taste

Once upon a time, a grocery store could be owned by just one or two people (usually people named "mom and pop"), and could survive without being a billion-dollar conglomerate.

End of the Road for an American Icon

Thought Matters | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
Thought Matters

The July 20 bankruptcy filing by the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company marks the end of the road for one of the icons of American business. Few people, aside from its remaining employees, will grieve. But in its day, A&P transformed American retailing several times over.

Is Shopping Local Making a Comeback?

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 01.31.2015 | Small Business
Stacy Mitchell

Independent retailers might be on the verge of making a comeback. New data show locally owned stores are increasingly popular with shoppers, deliver more jobs and economic benefits than big retailers, and, in a few categories, like books and groceries, are now expanding in number for the first time in years.

Chelsea's Legendary Alan's Alley Video Reopens... Here's Why It Matters

Christopher Lee Nutter | Posted 10.12.2014 | New York
Christopher Lee Nutter

Alan's Alley is more than a store -- it's a real New York experience, and a precious Chelsea treasure. If you are a New Yorker -- and especially if you live downtown -- here's why you should drop by the new location.

You Can't Go Home Again, But You Can Make Yourself Your Home

Vivian Norris | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

A recent wave of nostalgia accompanied by trips back "home", have had me pondering why we sometimes think that what we left behind might contain somet...

The Era of Giant Chain Stores Is Over -- And They've Ruined America

James Howard Kunstler | Posted 04.21.2013 | Small Business
James Howard Kunstler

The unintended consequence of the giant chain stores' victories was the total destruction of local economic networks, that is, Main Streets and downtowns, in effect destroying many of their own livelihoods. We can get that all back, but it won't be a bargain.

Why Modern Airports Have to Change

Peter Mandel | Posted 04.03.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The fact is that the everyday-ness of today's airports is exactly the opposite of what we flyers need. Don't wall us off, you builders, from where we are and what we are about to do. We may be frightened but we are not dumb.

"Too Big" Is Hollowing the Middle Class, Killing the American Dream

Rob Kall | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business
Rob Kall

He's looking for a job with a big company that operates chain stores, or a property management company (who do you think bought up all those foreclosed homes?)

My Secret Starbucks Shame

Ann Bauer | Posted 07.01.2012 | Women
Ann Bauer

All I desire is a decent Americano with a good head of crema. Not some drink they call The Golden Mountain served to me by a pigtailed kid wearing a t-shirt so sheer his nipples show through.

PHOTOS: The Cheapest Bra Ever?

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 01.04.2012 | Style

In the US we have 99 cents. In the UK, 99 pence, or 99p. 99 pence, like 99 cents, can't get you much -- a can of soda, perhaps, or a candy bar. But...

Janean Chun

Is New York Losing Its Small-Business Soul? | Janean Chun | Posted 10.16.2011 | Small Business

There are plenty of measures of what makes a New York institution, but a cameo on Seinfeld certainly helps solidify a business' Big Apple street cred....

7-Eleven Creates Dual-Chambered Slurpee For Two

Slashfood | Posted 06.22.2011 | Home

7-Eleven has a new Slurpee scheme that will let you mix and match your flavors. On June 11, the company's launching a dual-chambered cup and special s...

Barnes And Noble Closes Lincoln Center Store

San Francisco Examiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

SAN FRANCISCO -- A chain bookstore anchoring a condominium complex in the center of a revived South Beach is going out of business in October amid nei...

Will Barnes And Noble Closings Leave Landlords In The Cold? | DON JACOBSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As a "bricks-and-mortar" business in a bookselling world that's rapidly adopting digital downloads, fears are creeping in that a new Barnes & Noble ow...

Washington's Politics And Prose: Another Independent Bookseller Up For Sale

The Washington Post | Michael Rosenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Politics and Prose, the iconic independent bookstore on Connecticut Avenue NW that has held on against withering competition from Barnes & Noble, Amaz...

Los Angyork City

Steven Nereo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Steven Nereo

As for New York becoming LA, or LA becoming Berlin or Berlin becoming Dubai ... the truth is it's all becoming the same. Sameness is our present and more-of-the-sameness is our future.

Analysts: Retail Will Not Improve In 2008

Reuters Via CNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

U.S. chain stores, reeling from the slowest holiday shopping season in five years, got some more bad news Sunday: 2008 will not be any better and coul...

What America Got For Christmas

Reverend Billy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Reverend Billy

So the retail bubble finally burst, with some estimating an extreme contraction of up to 8%. An America where local economies strike a balance with the big companies is clearly the idea.

Jamba Juice Tests New Breakfast Line

Motley Fool | Rick Aristotle Munarriz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In the suddenly crowded field vying for the breakfast market, smoothie pourer Jamba Juice is getting up early to stake its claim. Jamba (Nasdaq: JMBA...