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A bit of history... 2017

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 2017, 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 2017

December 1, 2017 thru December 31, 2017
The Holly and The Ivy

This is the month where the holiday season picks up speed and cruises into the new year. It's a month filled with celebrations, along with exchanges between family and friends. This month Local Friends is nodding in the direction of traditions with the concept of The Holly and The Ivy.

Do you visit the same place to cut down your own family tree? Are their places you visit to see shows, eat dinner, spend time with others?

Place(s) we visited: Village Florals in New Hartford, New York - Shuster Christmas Tree Farm in Rome, New York

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Lights on the Lake in Liverpool, New York - The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, Massachusetts

 

November 2017

November 1, 2017 thru November 30, 2017
Toasty and Warm

Seasons are different around the world, which always makes it a bit important to note that Local Friends originates in the northeast United States. In November, that means changes. Cooler weather is turning into colder weather. Fireplaces and furnaces are being used.

Part of the process is comfort... from building a fire to grabbing a blanket. And that is where this month's effort is looking.

What helps you snuggle in on a cold day? A cup of cocoa? A good book? The perfect pair of pajamas and extra covers on the bed?

Place(s) we visited: Holland Farms Bakery & Deli in Yorkville, New York - Tuscan Oven in Oneida, New York

 

October 2017

October 1, 2017 thru October 31, 2017
Unexpected Delights

It is picking up the menu and seeing items you rarely find... stopping in a store and spotting a must-have item you never knew you needed... given up hope and discovering the perfect gift for a friend (that they would never find on their own).

The Unexpected Delights are awesome moments. When you had no expectations and then stumbled upon them without warning.

Place(s) we visited: Clinton Cider Mill in Clinton, New York

 

September 2017

September 1, 2017 thru September 30, 2017
Books

What things do you enjoy doing in the summer? Is there a specific food stand that opens seasonally or serves a specific type of food? Do you head out to a specific park for a picnic, take a boat ride, or participate in some outdoor adventure?

Sum-Sum-Summertime is looking at all things summer fun. The cravings, activities, people and food and fun and more.

Place(s) we visited: Savoy Bookshop & Cafe in Westerly, Rhode Island - Bank Square Books in Mystic, Connecticut

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: White Birch Books in North Conway, New Hampshire - Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta, New York

 

August 2017

August 1, 2017 thru August 31, 2017
I Scream You Scream

What things do you enjoy doing in the summer? Is there a specific food stand that opens seasonally or serves a specific type of food? Do you head out to a specific park for a picnic, take a boat ride, or participate in some outdoor adventure?

Sum-Sum-Summertime is looking at all things summer fun. The cravings, activities, people and food and fun and more.

Place(s) we visited: Nicky Doodles* in Verona, New York

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Brickley's Homemade Ice Cream* in Narragansett, Rhode Island - We-Li-Kit in Abington, Connecticut

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

 

July 2017

July 1, 2017 thru July 31, 2017
Sum-Sum-Summertime

What things do you enjoy doing in the summer? Is there a specific food stand that opens seasonally or serves a specific type of food? Do you head out to a specific park for a picnic, take a boat ride, or participate in some outdoor adventure?

Sum-Sum-Summertime is looking at all things summer fun. The cravings, activities, people and food and fun and more.

Place(s) we visited: Brickley's Homemade Ice Cream* in Narragansett, Rhode Island - Harpoon Eddie's in Sylvan Beach, New York - Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, New York - Arnie's Produce Center in Sherrill, New York - Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House* in Warwick, Rhode Island - Nicky Doodles* in Verona, New York - Aunt Carrie's in Narragansett, Rhode Island

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

 

June 2017

June 1, 2017 thru June 30, 2017
Prepping for Summer

Depending on the gardening you do, the calendar of events you keep, and the vacations you take... June signals the arrival of summer. And with it... the preparations for all of the fun that follows.

Will you be opening a pool or setting up the grill for cookouts? Are the kids finishing up school and in need of some entertainment? It's time for breaking out painbrushes... organizing hoses and sprinklers... and focusing on things outside.

Throw open the windows, shake off the cobwebs caused by months indoors, and take a look around for some things to do.

Place(s) we visited: Freedom Farm Market in Vernon, New York

 

May 2017

May 1, 2017 thru May 31, 2017
Special Events

Mother’s Day… Memorial Day… May breakfasts… even Cinco de Mayo… the month is packed with reasons to celebrate. And because of it, we’re having a month-long challenge.

From festivals and fairs to fundraisers and parties, it is quite likely that A LOT will be happening in your neighborhood during the month of May. Depending on where you live, the weather might be improving (and find you looking for reasons to get outside).

Enjoy the offerings of May by attending a special event.

Place(s) we visited: New York State Chinese Lantern Festival** in Syracuse, New York

** Worthy of note - This event is not held in the same location each year. Check for additional details.

 

April 2017

April 7, 2017 thru April 21, 2017
Along Main Street

The classic, almost small-town-like, city center walkway and landmarks.

A road that might just lead past the only stoplight in town. A stand on the side of the road offering produce, ice cream, plants or hot dogs.

Character… architecture… an image of the community. Shops, markets, and businesses… and as the communities get smaller, the faces are more familiar, and it becomes family and friends and trusted acquaintances.

Place(s) we visited: Nicky Doodles* in Verona, New York - T's Restaurant* in East Greenwich, Rhode Island

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

 

March 2017

March 6, 2017 thru March 20, 2017
In the News

They provide more information than we could cover in several thousand words. Wedding announcements and high school sports stories... businesses and politicians and festivals and construction... advertisements and classifieds and coupons.

The local paper... print edition.

Time marches on. Without advancements, we wouldn't be riding in cars, watching television, or texting on phones.

And even as it falls into the background, the sense of community and neighborhood pride may never be found as strong in any place as it is when delivered to our doorstep.

Place(s) we visited **: The Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York - The Oneida Daily Dispatch in Oneida, New York - Rome Sentinel in Rome, New York - Observer-Dispatch in Utica, New York

Places you visited or wanted to pass along **: Warwick Beacon in Warwick, Rhode Island - Cranston Herald in Cranston, Rhode Island - The Providence Journal in Providence, Rhode Island - The Bulletin in Norwich, Connecticut - The Day in New London, Connecticut

** Once again, the subject delivers a month providing something a bit different -- No locations or places, but rather a listing of newspapers.

 

February 2017

February 6, 2017 thru February 20, 2017
Basket in Hand

We all have places that are special to us for a variety of reasons. When it comes to the neighborhood stores and markets, I can recall in my youth heading out with mom to specific shops for meats and seafood and more.

And though supermarkets were the place for the larger and regular grocery adventures, in several ways they were essentially community resources and not quite generic, nation chains. They were OUR stores.

This month take some time to plan a special menu… make your shopping list… and find a small place nearby that perhaps you never thought about visiting before. You just might be shocked by the incredible places close to your front door.

Place(s) we visited: Joe's Jerky & Corner Market in Sherrill, New York

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Phil's Marketplace in Westerly, 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 2017

January 8, 2017 thru January 21, 2017
Breaking Bread

It is one of the most amazing, meaningful, wonderful moments you can share... a meal with special people. It is, one several levels, an invitation to join someone's family.

This month, as Local Friends celebrates its fifth anniversary, we are looking toward that beautiful gathering, and asking you to set the table... with bread and other food items you can find in your neighborhood bakeries, marketes, and specialty shops.

Thank you for being part of sixty incredible challenges so far. Thank you for sharing your stories... sharing your treasures... and supporting your community.

Place(s) we visited: Ye Olde Pizza Pub in Oneida, New York - Apple Betty's in Vernon, New York - Tuscan Oven in Oneida, New York

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

 

 
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