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I’ve “blogged” about this, the impending doom of Blockbuster, twice in the past.

https://plymouthliving.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/several-plymouth-area-chain-businesses-on-life-support/

https://plymouthliving.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/blockbuster-files-for-bankruptcy/

I guess the prognosticators were right: Blockbuster, which put thousands of mom-and-pop video stores across the country out of business, could not adjust to changing markets and media formats.

I don’t care much for Blockbuster video other than the fact that there is a local store (Sheldon and Ann Arbor Roads) that, presumably, employees local people.  In fact, I know it does because a neighbor of mine works at the store.

The good news for Blockbuster’s competitors is that the company is in trouble and is closing stores.  Our local Blockbuster is set to close according to the big yellow and black banner on the front of the building.  The bad news is that there will be ______ of people around here without jobs.  Hopefully they’ll find better work at other area businesses.

 

 

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The Cupcake Station has opened up in downtown Plymouth.  According to its website, it is the third southeastern Michigan location for this franchise.

According to its Facebook page, the “grand opening” was yesterday, but I had in mind that it had been open for a week or so.  It occupies part of what used to be Gabriala’s on Main Street, across from Kellogg Park.

The store looks nice and I’m betting the cupcakes are good.

Check out its website.

http://www.cupcakestation.com/index.asp

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While I wholeheartedly believe that we should support local businesses, the health of large chair retailers is also important to a community.  A handful of companies, three of which have chains in either Plymouth or Canton, are in serious financial trouble: Blockbuster, Rite Aid and Borders.

http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/109251/businesses-on-the-brink-change-or-fail??mod=career-leadership

Personally I’ve never cared much for Blockbuster.   But until the company ditched its no late fee policy, I liked to get movies that were difficult to find at other stores.  Rite Aid, although its prices are higher than other stores in some items, can be a convenient place to get last-minute items of all sorts.  The local Rite Aid seems to be a well-run store.

Borders, to me, would be the most tragic loss of all.  It’s located in Canton but serves our community.  It is a great place to hang out and get hard-to-find magazines.  While amazon.com has better prices on many books, Borders’ sales items can be a steal.   Books are things I like to peruse before buying them and it will be a sad day when books can only be bought from the internet.

Hopefully these companies will rebound.  The last thing this area needs are three more closed businesses.

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We’ve finally had a chance to do some shopping at Plymouth’s newest purveyor of food-stuffs — I’ve always liked the word “food-stuffs” — Suburban Harvest.  We’ve bought quite a bit of fruits and vegetables, some bread, dairy and even a few processed things like peanut butter.

Both my wife and I love having this store in the neighborhood.  It’s has been both pleasant and convenient shopping there, and we plan on making it a regular stop.

If you’re serious about participating in the 3/50 Project, Suburban Harvest would be a great place for you to spend some of the money you will set aside for purchases from local retailers.  Everyone needs to eat, after all, and you can certainly find things there that you will need.

Check the blogroll for a link to Suburban Harvest’s website.

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Merchants downtown are having sidewalk sales.   I’ve driven by but not seen anything.  My wife has been down there and called me to say there are some fantastic deals, some real bargains.  She picked up a few items (and missed out on a few.)

Get to downtown Plymouth ASAP before the sale ends!  Sorry for sounding like a pitchman.  This is not a paid advertisement.

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I’ve been seeing yard signs all over town the last week or so for the “3/50 Project.”  The signs, though, don’t really say what the project is.  It was pretty easy, though, to find info on the internet.

The 3/50 Project is organized (by whom, I’m not yet quite sure) to save “the bricks and mortars our nation is built on.”  Apparently what it specifically promotes is consumers supporting “independently owned local business.”

This concept, I think, is fantastic.  For me personally, it fits in generally with the spirit of this particular blog and why I write it.  In our home we are trying to be conscious of how much money we spend locally.  After all, it has a more direct impact on me if a local, independent coffee shop were to go under than if a Starbucks were to close its doors.  If a business is owned locally, more of the money stays local.  It’s pretty simple and hard to argue.

Check out the website.

http://www.the350project.net/home.html

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