retail

Where We Live
2:46 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

What's Up With Stuff?

Mike Baird (Flickr Creative Commons)

Seventeen days after a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh, a woman was pulled alive from the rubble. But more than 1,000 people have been confirmed dead in the tragedy.

This has renewed questions about where all the stuff we buy in America comes from.

NPR’s Planet Money has been trying to tackle this question for the last three years by making their own t-shirt.

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Gun Market
10:59 am
Mon April 29, 2013

GE Capital Ends Funding for Small Gun Retailers

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When GE Capital announced it will no longer finance gun purchases at small firearms dealers, it predictably drew both praise and criticism. But the company’s own explanation of the move seemed to raise more questions than it answered. 

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Sandy Recovery
10:47 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Bridgeport Corner Store Struggles After Sandy

Sujata Srinivasan

Almost six months after Superstorm Sandy, some businesses are still fighting to get back on their feet. Pop’s Grocery, a 52-year-old corner store in Bridgeport, was inundated by floodwater during the storm. As part of her series on recovery after Sandy, WNPR’s Sujata Srinivasan went back to visit.

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Arts/Culture
10:29 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Development in Downtown Hartford

Global Jet, Creative Commons

Driving through downtown Hartford, you’ll see a lot of empty storefronts, plenty of parking garages, and some impressive high rises. And while the city has a hard time getting businesses to fill the office space - now at 26% vacancy -- developers can’t build housing fast enough to meet demand.

In fact, several of those old office buildings are being retrofitted for new housing. So people are voting for downtown housing with their dollars, but is there enough retail to keep feet on the street?

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'Tis the Season
10:56 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Small Retail Eyes Holiday Wallets

Harriet Jones

While shoppers gear up for Black Friday – maybe even for the midnight doorbusters on Thanksgiving  – small businesses are hoping they won’t be forgotten in the holiday rush. This weekend marks the third annual Small Business Saturday. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

If you’re a regular traveler on I-95, the name Clinton might bring to mind the big outlet mall that looms over the highway near that town.

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Blue Laws
12:57 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Connecticut Considers Allowing Sunday Liquor Sales

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And now to lawmaking at the state level. In Connecticut, residents will have to do some advance planning for their Super Bowl parties. The state is one of only two that still bans the sale of all alcohol at stores on Sundays. But Jeff Cohen of member station WNPR reports, that could change.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Holiday Advertising

Lucky Strike

It's the holiday season! Christmas, Hanukah, Christmakuh, Kwanza, or as advertisers like to think of it, the season when they separate you from your money.

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Small Business Saturday
12:57 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Small Business Saturday Hopes For Big Gains

Harriet Jones

Black Friday is an established Holiday tradition, as we work off the turkey with a visit to the mall. But small, local retailers often get left out of the spending spree. The relatively new concept of Small Business Saturday is an attempt to put that right. WNPR’s Harriet Jones has the story.

Charge card giant American Express began the Small Business Saturday campaign in 2010. One year on, the concept has expanded.

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Online Purchases
3:14 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Does The Big Box Have A Future?

Harriet Jones

Big box stores are under pressure. A drastic drop in consumer spending has gone along with a shift to making purchases online. But what does all this mean for the small independent retailer? WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it may actually represent an opportunity for the main street mom-and-pop store.

The retail industry is in turmoil. But while big box stores come and go, some things remain the same.

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Internet and Marketing
1:32 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Small Retail Going Virtual

Harriet Jones

The rise of the Internet has changed the face of marketing for small companies.  And for some, it’s changed the way they do business entirely. In the second of our occasional series, WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on one small Connecticut business that’s gone completely virtual.

As any UConn fan knows, the business of sports is big business.  Scott Yeager is showing me round the warehouse of his sports apparel company, Husky Wear.

And the list goes on. And on.

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Transportation
8:41 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Meriden Businesses Await High-Speed Renaissance

Harriet Jones

Connecticut’s multi-million dollar investment in a new high-speed rail line from New Haven to Springfield is supposed to spur economic development. And for some communities it will mean big changes. WNPR’s Harriet Jones went to talk to small business owners in Meriden about their hopes for the city as the new line comes through.

It’s a sunny day in downtown Meriden and Ron Dagan and I are walking on a street parallel to the nearby train tracks.

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Where We Live
10:26 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Ikea

Per Ola Wiberg, Creative Commons

You can find a blog called Colorado Ikea Fans” - where you’ll see a real-time countdown to the store’s opening in Denver on July 27th at 9 AM.  

Now, anxious shoppers - we’ve learned - will be lining up 48 hours before opening day.   

The Ikea craze is widespread – indoctrinating us with their “Life Improvement Plan” mentality.  

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Internet Retailers
2:15 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

"Amazon Tax" Divides Small Businesses

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Two types of small businesses in Connecticut have been pitted against one another in recent months by a controversial piece of legislation. The measure, which goes into effect July 1st, attempts to force Internet retailers to levy sales tax in the state for the first time.

As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, some are calling it the “Amazon tax.”

This is North Cove Outfitters in Old Saybrook, where Iain McGowan is helping a customer.

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Food Service
3:47 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Hartford Proposes Grades For Restaurant Health Inspections

Last year, restaurants in New York City were required to post a letter grade that summarized their health inspection results.  Now, the City of Hartford may do the same thing. The new plan wouldn't change the restaurant inspection process or requirements.  It also wouldn't apply to food trucks, school lunchrooms, jails, soup kitchens or hospital cafeterias. 

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Eateries
7:56 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Szechuan Toyko Closes its Doors

It's getting harder to find a place that has live jazz on a regular basis.  Even harder to find is a place that presents jazz and serves Chinese and Japanese cuisine.  But for the last decade or so West Hartford's Szechuan Tokyo has successfully managed this tri-fecta of music and food from two cultures.  But now, sadly the establishment closes its doors for good this weekend.  We talked to Paul Lewis, the owner of Szechuan Tokyo.

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