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A bit of history... 2012

If you're wondering what kind of activities Local Friends for Local Business has focused on, this is the best page.

Below you will find the history of the effort in 2012, including the details about the category from each month.

Please keep in mind... Local Friends for Local Business is essentially a continuous work-in-progress. Any business names found on this page should not be interpreted as a pure recommendation. Consider the source... for instance, keep in mind that we cannot verify every person that has sent an e-mail or suggestion along for places they have visited and enjoyed. I'd love to say we have been to all of them. We haven't.

Every person is different... every business is different... and your experiences may vary. You have been so informed.

Plus... unfortunately... more than a few of the businesses we have visited have closed their doors. I decided to keep them listed -- In celebration of what they had been and what they meant to those that experienced them... and as a nod to the importance of your support. We are, quite literally, losing local businesses every day.

Look at this as a starting point. Details have been included here because someone -- mainly Terry and I, along with so many wonderful others -- far more often than not have enjoyed what we found. And, we wanted you to know.

 

December 2012

December 13, 2012 thru December 17, 2012
Catch All

Down the road from where you live are some incredible treasures that often don’t get enough recognition. They are the shops… restaurants… food outlets… that add character to your neighborhood. They are the family-owned operations that may even be crossing into second… third… or more generations of service. They are the start-up hopes and dreams of two or more friends that call your community home. These are the small businesses that Local Friends was created to celebrate. And as we finish the first year of the effort… and as we acknowledge the best in each other… we are directing the spotlight to all of them.

Place(s) we visited: Arremony’s Quality Bakery in Jewett City, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Phil's Marketplace in Westerly, Rhode Island - Wonderland Comics in Putnam, Connecticut - Mousie's Deli in Warwick, Rhode Island - Wein-O-Rama in Cranston, Rhode Island - Frank Pepe's* in New Haven, Connecticut - Twin's Pizza in North Providence, Rhode Island - Tommy's Pizza* in Cranston, Rhode Island - McQuade's Marketplace* in Mystic, Connecticut

* Worthy of note - I can confirm that this business has multiple locations

 

November 2012

November 8, 2012 thru November 12, 2012
Gourmet Foods

This isn’t about the coffee maker in your kitchen that you use each morning (or the ability to use those one-cup disposal units)… I’m looking for how you create your own mix of coffee, grind it fresh, and that shop you visit for the whole beans you use. This could be the winery that makes its own salsa and jams… the store where you bought your garlic roaster and pizza stone… and… you get the idea.

Place(s) we visited: Sweet Peas Fine Foods & Farm Market in Brooklyn, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Phil's Marketplace in Westerly, Rhode Island

 

October 2012

October 11, 2012 thru October 15, 2012
Comics & Hobbies

Ever promise to grow old but never grow up? (Or at least go kicking and screaming?) Then this month we have the theme for you. These are more than the sources of blockbuster movies (and great television). This is the train set in your basement... and the hours spent looking for the perfect pieces. This is the figurine of Harley Quinn and the copy of Batman: The Killing Joke. This is crafts and knitting afghans... baseball cards and shot glasses... playing guitar and Disney ears.

Place(s) we visited: Wonderland Comics in Putnam, Connecticut

 

September 2012

September 13, 2012 thru September 17, 2012
Sandwiches & Delis

There are plenty of places in your town offering them up, likely filled with some amazing memories for you. Maybe you stopped to pick up a grinder on summer morning, while on your way to the park with your friend to enjoy a school-free perfect afternoon. Perhaps it was a sub that you tossed in a cooler, then driving off to a picnic table with a fantastic view. And it could have just been a quick stop with your mom or dad and some quality moments.

Place(s) we visited: Phil's Marketplace in Westerly, Rhode Island - Johnny's Pizza in Brooklyn, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Brooklyn Pickle* in Syracuse, New York - Mousie's Deli in Warwick, Rhode Island - Hudson Street Deli in Providence, Rhode Island - Mystic Market* in Mystic, Connecticut - North End in Groton, Connecticut

* Worthy of note - I can confirm that this business has multiple locations

 

August 2012

August 9, 2012 thru August 13, 2012
Farm & Produce

Maybe it’s the corn you shucked and placed into some boiling water… perhaps it’s the blueberries you had in some muffins, pancakes or pies… it could be something you grabbed from your garden minutes before incorporating it into your dinner. The summer is filled with treasures… and this month, we’re going to visit the neighborhood farms and stands that sell those amazing treats.

Place(s) we visited: LoPresti Farm in Preston, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Blackmer Farm in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut - Morse Farm in Southbridge, Massachusetts - Sweet Peas Fine Foods & Farm Market in Brooklyn, Connecticut

 

July 2012

July 12, 2012 thru July 16, 2012
Ice Cream

We’re going to look at those roadside stands of summertime favorites… yup, we’re hitting the ice cream stand. Now you may like ones that serve hot dogs or clam rolls… maybe the favorites for you have the crazy crunch coatings for your soft serve chocolate-vanilla twist cone… and maybe you’re feeling a bit dizzy just thinking about it. The ice cream stands are a small business tradition unlike any other… especially in New England, where the opening of the service window is the true sign of an arriving summer.

Place(s) we visited: Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, Connecticut - We-Li-Kit in Abington, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Cows & Cones in Gales Ferry, Connecticut - Papa's in Warwick, Rhode Island - Cream in Delray Beach, Florida - Hank's Dairy Bar in Plainfield, Connecticut - Dear Hearts in Warwick, Rhode Island - Josie's Icecream in Cumberland, Rhode Island - Ra Ra's Ice Cream Parlor in Moosup, Connecticut - Brickley's Ice Cream in Narragansett, Rhode Island

 

June 2012

June 7, 2012 thru June 11, 2012
Diners

This month... true hidden treasures… true local legends… exactly the kind of places that Local Friends celebrates proudly. And for this challenge, they are front and center. Places where you might be able to get three eggs, hash browns, bacon, toast and unlimited coffee… leave a 50% tip… for two people... and STILL have change due from a ten-dollar bill. Places where “silver-dollar” pancakes are unheard of. Places that know what it means to grill an English muffin.

Place(s) we visited: Wein-O-Rama in Cranston, Rhode Island - Zip's Diner in Dayville, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Red's Restaurant in Hernando, Florida - Bill's Bread and Breakfast in Putnam, Connecticut

 

May 2012

May 10, 2012 thru May 14, 2012
Lawn & Garden

Let’s face it… Mother’s Day… flowers… this month is quite literally gift-wrapped for participation. You can absolutely head over to your favorite neighborhood nursery or greenhouse and pick up a plant or some flowers for mom. Maybe though… you’ve got some work going on in the garden. A few vegetable plants or a couple of herbs might be nice. Perhaps… some work to do on a walkway or the lawn.

Place(s) we visited: Goudreau's at Nash Garden Center in Danielson, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Blackmer Farm in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut - Morse Farm in Southbridge, Massachusetts

 

April 2012

April 12, 2012 thru April 16, 2012
Hardware & Home Improvement
I can still recall as a kid heading to the hardware store on different occasions with my father, uncle and grandfather. It seems to me there were always one or two in particular that were first stops for them. This month, we turn our attention to the place you can use as a quick stop -- because spring is here, and it’s time to think about some outdoor projects and maybe working on the house… and maybe the lawn… the garden… and on and on.

Place(s) we visited: Anthony's Hardware in Jewett City, Connecticut

 

March 2012

March 8, 2012 thru March 12, 2012
Pizza
We all have a favorite place to get some delicious pizza. And, in many cases these places fit the definition of small, local, community businesses. If you head to your favorite neighborhood pizza place this month... fantastic. How about a bit of a twist though? Why not use this challenge as a reason to try that place you’ve always wanted to stop at, or, or to visit the place you haven’t been to in some time? Here’s another idea... you might order a pizza or a sandwich all the time... but if this place serves calamari, or calzones, or fish and chips... why not try something different from the menu?

Place(s) we visited: Kikapoo Family Restaurant in Danielson, Connecticut - Pizza King in Dayville, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Frank Pepe's* in New Haven, Connecticut - Twin's Pizza in North Providence, Rhode Island - Tommy's Pizza* in Cranston, Rhode Island - Varsity Pizza in Syracuse, New York - Two Guys from Italy Pizza & Restaurant in Warwick, Rhode Island

* Worthy of note - I can confirm that this business has multiple locations

 

February 2012

February 9, 2012 thru February 13, 2012
Markets
It could be a small general store… perhaps it specializes in meats or seafood… it may be the place where you know the name of the butcher (and he’s already correctly assembled half of your order before you get from the door to the counter)… occasionally it’s where you settle in for a cup of coffee or to buy your lottery tickets.

Place(s) we visited: Phil's Marketplace in Westerly, Rhode Island - Sweet Peas Fine Foods & Farm Market in Brooklyn, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Oakville Grocery* in Oakville, California - Ruggieri's Market in Cranston, Rhode Island - McQuade's Marketplace* in Mystic, Connecticut - Dave's Marketplace* in Warwick, Rhode Island

* Worthy of note - I can confirm that this business has multiple locations

 

January 2012

January 12, 2012 thru January 16, 2012
Bakeries
We’re starting things off with one of the most amazing possibilities, the local bakery. Why so amazing? Because the quality bakery is disappearing. Markets have begun offering products such as breads, cakes and other "fresh" items, which they often claim to prepare right there on property. Generally it’s convenience and not much more, since the greatest of local bakeries will usually offer better quality at a better price. (Usually.)

Place(s) we visited: Arremony’s Quality Bakery in Jewett City, Connecticut - Antonio's Bakery in Warwick, Rhode Island - DePetrillo's Pizza & Bakery* in Warwick, Rhode Island

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: McQuade's Marketplace* in Mystic, Connecticut - Lis Bake Shop in Mystic, Connecticut - The Village Hearth Bakery Cafe in Jamestown, Rhode Island - The Baker's Dozen* in Pomfret Center, Connecticut

* Worthy of note - I can confirm that this business has multiple locations

 

 
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