Local Friends for

Local Business


A bit of history... 2018

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


June 2018

June 1, 2018 thru June 30, 2018
The Sun Will Come Out

There are certain things we do at different times of the year to prepare for the upcoming. Upcoming events... upcoming weather... upcoming activites and interests and on and on.

As the summer arrives, we are taking care of the yard, bringing furniture out of storage and placing it on the deck, checking over sporting goods and recreational equipment, and more. All to enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful, warm weather.

Anything from prepping the grill to breaking out the kayaks is part of the challenge for this month. Get ready for summer (and have some good outdoor fun).

Place(s) we visited:

Places you visited or wanted to pass along:

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


May 2018

May 1, 2018 thru May 31, 2018
From the Garden

Are you looking to get your garden started? Do you head out to local nurseries and roadside stands for fruit and vegetables?

This month Local Friends is looking at the supplies you need to build and maintain your garden... and the items you bring to your table from it.

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

Places you visited or wanted to pass along: Aspinall's Tree Nursery & Landscaping in Chittenango, New York


April 2018

April 1, 2018 thru April 30, 2018
The Bunny Trail

As the weather begins improving in the northeast (and around the country), we arrive at the time to start considering outside work, like gardens. This month, we’re asking you to think about some of the things you might be looking toward: vegetable gardens, flower boxes and more.

Looking to add some raised beds for your veggies this year? How about a few planters for some herbs? Have you been thinking about landscaping projects? Fruit trees? Perhaps some lilacs?

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


March 2018

March 1, 2018 thru March 31, 2018

What do you look for when hosting a party or special event of some type? Where do you go for decorations? Where do you shop for food or look for take out? Where do you search for gifts?

The true definitions this month, as usual, are up to you. From eating at a restaurant to festivites in your home... birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and various special occasions... everyone can enjoy some quality fun.

Place(s) we visited: Harmony Lodge in Harmony, Rhode Island - Shogun in Warwick, Rhode Island - Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse* in Syracuse, New York

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


February 2018

February 1, 2018 thru February 28, 2018
Old Reliable

In some cases, we know the owners. In some cases, we know those stopping in to buy things. In all cases, they are the places we would never find if we lived someplace else, and yet we would need to find the equivalent of them in our new neighborhood.

One great part of these places, beyond the people, is that we know what we expect to find. They make food we find tasty and crave… they carry the brands or options we are looking for… they offer an environment we feel comfortable in.

Place(s) we visited: Harmony Lodge in Harmony, Rhode Island - The Islander Restaurant in Warwick, Rhode Island - Iggy's Doughboys & Chowder House* in Warwick, Rhode Island

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


January 2018

January 1, 2018 thru January 31, 2018
Something New

As a new year starts for Local Friends, the challenge is headed to the very foundation of the effort... learning about your community, and supporting the small businesses nearby.

This month, wherever you may be, take a moment to look around. Find a plce you have never been before and step inside. Check out your neighborhood and find something new.

Place(s) we visited: Mind Games in Oneida, New York - Weeden's Mini Mall in Blossvale, New York


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