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A bit of history... 2013

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 2013, 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 2013

December 12, 2013 thru December 16, 2013
Holiday Shopping

The basic premise is simple enough… gift giving and thinking of others. There’s that store you’ve always been meaning to stop in because it looks fantastic… or that little place you’ve been meaning to try for dinner… and they are offering gift certificates and other items that your family and friends will truly appreciate, find different and thoughtful, and, sure, there’s always the opportunity to pick up a little something for yourself.

Place(s) we visited: This month is a bit different -- I’m not going to list a specific business. Terry and I were involved in a craft fair with ComplemenTerry Designs, and we had a fantastic weekend with some really great people. There was candy... jewelry... Tupperware... and all sorts of fantastic products, some hand made by these vendors and others from simply great people trying to support their families. It always seems that often, even as we sell items, the car is being filled with discoveries we made at other tables.

We also made a few purchases this weekend -- and this month -- where we distinctly kept the local flavor in our mind.

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

 

November 2013

November 7, 2013 thru November 11, 2013
The Greasy Spoon

Do you enjoy breakfasts? Wonderful examples of the greasy spoon mentality. Generous servings of eggs with hash browns or home fries. How about late night eats? PERFECT examples of the greasy spoon mentality. Could be round-the-clock waffles or pancake service, or giving in to a craving as the early-early-morning hours arrive. Want to slide some of your favorite places, that might not really fir the “greasy spoon” mold, but work for you as off-the-beaten-path special finds? Awesome. Works for me.

Place(s) we visited: Sam's New York System in Warwick, Rhode Island - Pizza King in Warwick, Rhode Island

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Andy Nelson's in Cockeysville, Maryland - Wein-O-Rama in Cranston, Rhode Island - Bill's Bread and Breakfast in Putnam, Connecticut - Zip's Diner in Dayville, Connecticut - Red's Restaurant in Hernando, Florida - Dave's Bar & Grille in Warwick, Rhode Island

 

October 2013

October 17, 2013 thru October 21, 2013
Lunch

It’s a great idea... grabbing lunch -- a way for family and friends to get together. It might be something simple... like picking up sandwiches to eat during a picnic, day out on a boat, on as part of a walk in a park. It could be traditional... Sunday football games with your friends, or a weekly family gathering. Perhaps just an excuse... friends wanting to get together, so the ideas of pizza or whatever get tossed around. Whether friends or family or even just a break in the business day... it’s the lunch break... and your neighborhood has some incredible options.

Place(s) we visited: Jennifer Tuesday's in Putnam, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Andy Nelson's in Cockeysville, Maryland - Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House* in Warwick, Rhode Island - Wein-O-Rama in Cranston, Rhode Island - Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room in Savannah, Georgia - Frank Pepe's* in New Haven, Connecticut - Phil's Marketplace in Westerly, Rhode Island - Twin's Pizza in North Providence, Rhode Island - Tommy's Pizza* in Cranston, Rhode Island - Brooklyn Pickle* in Syracuse, New York - Mousie's Deli in Warwick, Rhode Island - Oakville Grocery* in Oakville, California

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

 

September 2013

September 12, 2013 thru September 16, 2013
Yard Work

This month we’re going to look at the yard… not really lawn and garden… not completely repairs and maintenance… but a little of everything. And yes… there’s a story -- Over Labor Day weekend, Terry and I decided to try and get a jump on some work outside. So I brought out the chain saw. And… it didn’t work. Well that’s not completely right. It did work. But not smoothly or consistently. It’s older… and while I do maintain it and keep it clean, it probably could use a really thorough tune-up.

People are working around their homes. They are taking care of things that are simpler address in the cooler fall weather. They are raking leaves and working on issues before the winter arrives. They are getting ready to store equipment and furniture and materials from the summer. And they are prepping for the arrival of the next spring.

Place(s) we visited: This month is a bit different -- I’m not going to list a specific business. Terry and I needed some work done in the yard, specifically cutting down some trees and working on a few others, and we decided to go with a man that runs a local, professional, tree service.

 

August 2013

August 8, 2013 thru August 12, 2013
Summer Treasures

I don’t know about you, but I’m craving some treats of the season. Heading out to the beach and the shore with friends for lobster, scallops, and chowder… waiting in line to get some ice cream… picking up items for a picnic... and all of those great, summer food shacks.

Place(s) we visited: LoPresti Farm in Preston, Connecticut - Hank's Dairy Bar in Plainfield, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House* in Warwick, Rhode Island - Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, Connecticut - We-Li-Kit in Abington, Connecticut - Blackmer Farm in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut - Morse Farm in Southbridge, Massachusetts - Cows & Cones in Gales Ferry, Connecticut - Papa's in Warwick, Rhode Island - Cream in Delray Beach, Florida - 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 - Oakville Grocery* in Oakville, California

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

 

July 2013

July 11, 2013 thru July 15, 2013
Farmers Markets

At their best... fresh and locally grown. Sounds perfect! There might not be a location near you, and even if there is one it might not be running on the dates of this month’s event. So… interpret this challenge as you will. Stop by a neighborhood stand selling fruits and vegetables… find a store in your community that features locally grown produce… if you think you’ve found a farmers market and are supporting the local businesses then we do too.

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

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Sweet Peas Fine Foods & Farm Market in Brooklyn, Connecticut - Oakville Grocery* in Oakville, California

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

 

June 2013

June 6, 2013 thru June 10, 2013
The Great Outdoors

For this month, we've got two different possibilities for everyone that participates -- The weather around the country is moving along from spring into the summer. That means lots of outside home improvement projects. Gardens and lawns… building decks and painting houses… and you see where this is going. It’s also a time when many think about hiking, camping, and any of several other activities. So... you can help support your neighborhood businesses by getting a trellis for the corner of the yard, picking up some new equipment for grilling over a campfire, or heck, even by finding a new bocce or horseshoe set. Spend some time in the outstanding sunshine and learn a bit about your community while you do.

Place(s) we visited: Valley View Farms in Cockeysville, Maryland

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

 

May 2013

May 9, 2013 thru May 13, 2013
Clam Cakes and Chowder
Growing up in Rhode Island, the terms grinders and cabinets are quite familiar to me… even though in other parts of the country the meanings, or at least the way they would be ordered, are likely very different. We drink coffee milk… crave hot wieners… and judge the seasons based on the availability of frozen lemonade. In other parts of the country I’ve found out where to look for crab cakes… the best places for wings… and other assorted local treats. We’re celebrating regional specialties... get out there and enjoy the best food of your neighborhood!

Place(s) we visited: Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House* in Warwick, Rhode Island - Johnny's Pizza in Brooklyn, Connecticut - Zoe's Pizza & Seafood in Southbridge, Massachusetts

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Wein-O-Rama in Cranston, Rhode Island - Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room in Savannah, Georgia - Frank Pepe's* in New Haven, Connecticut - Andy Nelson's Barbecue in Cockeysville, Maryland - White Mountain Cider Company in Bartlett, New Hampshire - Arremony’s Quality Bakery in Jewett City, Connecticut - Phil's Marketplace in Westerly, Rhode Island - Twin's Pizza in North Providence, Rhode Island - Tommy's Pizza* in Cranston, Rhode Island - Brooklyn Pickle* in Syracuse, New York - Mousie's Deli in Warwick, Rhode Island - Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, Connecticut - We-Li-Kit in Abington, Connecticut - Hank's Dairy Bar in Plainfield, Connecticut - Varsity Pizza in Syracuse, New York - Antonio's Bakery in Warwick, Rhode Island - Oakville Grocery* in Oakville, California

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

 

April 2013

April 11, 2013 thru April 15, 2013
Breakfast

You know the places... pancakes that literally cover the plate... specials that feature eggs, home fries, toast and coffee... and don't forget to get your English muffin grilled.

Place(s) we visited: Bill's Bread and Breakfast in Putnam, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Wein-O-Rama in Cranston, Rhode Island - Zip's Diner in Dayville, Connecticut - Red's Restaurant in Hernando, Florida - Peter's Coney Island System in Warwick, Rhode Island - Oak St. B&B in Westerly, Rhode Island - Goodies in North Stonington, Connecticut - Paula's Place in Warwick, Rhode Island - Oatley's in North Kingstown, Rhode Island - Goose Feathers in Savannah, Georgia

 

March 2013

March 7, 2013 thru March 11, 2013
Gift Shops

Looking for a memory? Some little item to place on a shelf... or something to bring home from a trip to those that stayed behind? Maybe a place to pick up a card or flowers or whatever. It's the gift shop... and it's the store that can fulfill so many needs. They could be a place you visit while on vacation, offering a t-shirt or coffee mug or other novelty item. They might be a place you stop at to pick up a present for a special occasion. One thing is certain, when they are good, they are very good.

Place(s) we visited: Four Your Paws Only in North Conway, New Hampshire - White Mountain Cider Company in Bartlett, New Hampshire - White Birch Books in North Conway, New Hampshire - Bavarian Chocolate Haus in North Conway, New Hampshire - Zeb's General Store in North Conway, New Hampshire - The Penguin Gallery in North Conway, New Hampshire - Flossie's General Store in Jackson, New Hampshire - Ravenwood Curio Shoppe in Jackson, New Hampshire

 

February 2013

February 14, 2013 thru February 18, 2013
Pubs & Sports Bars

It could be the place with the best cheeseburgers or perfect fries. Might be the place where you head to catch up with friends, watch a game, and order a stream of appetizers over a couple of hours. Perhaps lunch during the day, or, a beverage to finish off an evening. The great thing is the incredible sense of community. Relaxed, comfortable and fun. And… quite often… the reasons you are there and the crowd you are surrounded by can serve perfectly as a snapshot of that moment in your life. The friends… the stories… the excitement…

Place(s) we visited: The Courthouse Bar & Grille in Putnam, Connecticut - Dan's Place in West Greenwich, Rhode Island

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Bentley's Tavern in North Scituate, Rhode Island - Dave's Bar & Grille in Warwick, Rhode Island - Willimantic Brewing Company in Willimantic, Connecticut

 

January 2013

January 17, 2013 thru January 21, 2013
Bakeries
To celebrate the first anniversary we return to one of the most amazing possibilities, the local bakery. Again, I ask -- 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

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Lis Bake Shop in Mystic, Connecticut - McQuade's Marketplace* in Mystic, Connecticut

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

 

 
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