Friday, November 22, 2013

Local everyday

It starts at home!

I've mentioned shopping local before but I found myself taking it to the next level in recent months where I go to a small and/or locally based business at least once a day; sometimes three.  Even when I buy a lot of things that the boring big box could have for a bit less, I know more than half of what I've spent is recycled into the community.  Whether you're in a small town or big city much of the industrialised world will make this possible somehow.  When certain holidays come around one may tend to run to the big boys but the indie can offer goods the other place might not.  This may be the best grassroots campaign I've come up with in a long time.  I didn't exactly plan to do this.  I noticed a pattern so I went along with it and more.
One reason this is important to me is because many small businesses in the past whether near me or on the road that I've been to have closed their doors either because no one seemed to care or the economy did them in.  It's a right shame to let that happen but we can be part of the solution if we change out choices at times.  Doesn't mean only shop local as that's not always an option.  Economic reform like charity begins at home. Also the little guy can be more convenient than some faceless corporation much of the time.
Next time you have to shop, eat out or order takeaway be sure to see if there is an alternative to the chains in your area.  Every penny spent makes a difference in the community.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The New Melody Maker: Contact information

The New Melody Maker: Contact information

Ross Stores suggestions

Ross Dress For Less in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Allegany County store in PA.
Camillus - former Bon-Ton
Clay/Liverpool - former Price Chopper or Macys
deWitt - Shoppingtown Mall including JCPenney or Michaels up NY 5
Kingston - old JCPenney
North Syracuse - Former Media Play or TJ Maxx
Camillus - Township 5
Latham - Latham Circle Mall
New Hartford - Former Price Chopper
North Syracuse - Former TJ Maxx or Media Play
Fulton - Former kmart
Colonie - Former kmart (Albany)
Clifton Park - outgoing OfficeMax
Flushing - Former Caldor (NYC)
Palatine Bridge - Former Ames (Mohawk Valley)
Syracuse - Destiny USA in former Circuit City, Bon-Ton or JCP (TBD)
Geddes - Former kmart/Herb Phillipsons
Henrietta - NY 252 next to Avenue
Auburn - Former P&C
Oswego - Former Pebbles
Irondequoit - Medley Centre (Rochester)
Batavia - Former Lowes
Cortland - Former Flea Market in Riverside Plaza
Cicero - former Burlington at Drivers Village

Heard of Ross through amazon.  May have gone in Alexandria, VA.

Costco suggestions

Costco in Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Mayfield Heights, OH store near Cleveland.
Camillus - Township 5 (now open!)
DeWitt - Shoppingtown
Chittenango - former Ames/Brand Name Deals
Clay/Liverpool - Build from scratch on NY 31 or the Shops at Seneca Mall (former Price Chopper) on County Rt 57.
New Hartford - Former Price Chopper
Colonie - Former kmart (Albany County)
Fulton - Former kmart
Auburn - Former P&C
Cortland - Riverside Plaza
Palatine Bridge - Former Ames
Latham - Latham Circle Mall
Oswego - Former Tops
Rochester (Irondequoit) - Medley Centre
Batavia - Former Lowes
Other locations TBD.

I've only been to the Costco in Arlington, VA (DC area).  Almost went in Dedham, MA (Boston suburb).

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


No relation to Tops Markets.
Topco items are sold at the following:

Price Chopper*+
Green Hills*
Big M*
Top Foods (Washington State)

*Top Care
+Full Circle

As for retailers that sell Food Club, those are harder to find now than in the past when P&C and the like carried them.  King Kullen on Long Island had them until they closed.

Thursday, June 27, 2013



2017 - Hope something goes in the Syracuse one.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Record Shops: Volume Records Ithaca New York

Record Shops: Volume Records Ithaca New York: Volume Records - Ithaca New York on the Commons   Now just part of the second floor of a clothing store.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013