Local Friends for

Local Business


A bit of history... 2018

** October to December **

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

Below you will find the history of the effort for this year**, including the details about the category from each month. (You can use the links at the end of this introduction to trace the program back to its start in January of 2012.)

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.

Don't forget to look back...

2012 *** 2013 *** 2014

2015 *** 2016 *** 2017

2018 (January to September)

** Due to a difficulty with the pages, adjustments have been made beginning in October of 2018. Unfortunately, for now that has meant archiving 2018 in two separate files (January to September and then this page for October to December).


January 2019
January 1, 2019 thru January 31, 2019


One of the great parts of a community is the local bakery. Eyes light up when you enter. Some of the creations serve as centerpieces for celebrations. The sweet treats are offered to guests. The breads are placed on our tables for meals.

Place(s) we visited: Ferlo's Original Bakery in Rome, New York

Places you visited or wanted to pass along:

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

December 2018
December 1, 2018 thru December 31, 2018

Over the river

The holidays are often a time of travel... to see family and friends and grandmothers (or so the song goes). And while the horse may know the way, that doesn't mean all of us always see some of the sights, treats and special locations along the way.

While making your rounds this month -- out and about, and not along the local streets surrounding your home -- the challenge this month is to look at a few of the treasures you might find while making trips and along the travels.

Place(s) we visited: Shuster Tree Farm in Rome, New York

November 2018
November 1, 2018 thru November 30, 2018

Pumpkin Pie

Each year, a run of events begins in November and basically continues just beyond New Year celebrations. It is the holidays, and we make plans to spend time with family and friends, while catching up with those we may not have seen for a bit.

Whether you're holding an event in your home or heading out to visit others, chances are good you'll be offering up treats for your guests or arriving with a gift for your hosts. And it is there that we find the theme of this month's event.

Those places where you look for a bottle of wine... the perfect tray of festive goodies... some type of thoughtful and unique item. A flower shop may offer a centerpiece, and a bakery may offer a regional delight, in both of these ways and more you get to enjoy (and support) a true treasure.

Place(s) we visited: North Star Orchards in Westmoreland, New York

October 2018
October 1, 2018 thru October 31, 2018

Egg Rolls and Wontons

Chinese food.

We are all passionate about the places we frequent. When it comes to egg rolls, chicken chow mein, beef lo mein, sweet and sour chicken, pork fried rice and more, there are our favorites… the very good… and the places we tolerate because we have a craving for General Tso’s and we want it now.

The differences between places can be amazing, from dining rooms to buffets to take out counters. The only thing for certain is that we love it.

Place(s) we visited: Han Palace in Warwick, Rhode Island

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Oriental Star in Fayetteville, New York - Jade Garden in Danielson, Connecticut


If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail us at LocalFriends@inmybackpack.com