The Caesars Windsor is a casino resort in the city of Windsor, Ontario just over the US/Canada line. It is one of four casinos in the Detroit metro area and the only one on the Canada side. The favorable US/Canada currency exchange rate makes it a popular place for visitors from the United States. The … Continue reading A Visitor’s Guide to Caesars Windsor
What is CES? Brostocks headed out, for the first time, to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). It is one of the largest and most influential events in the consumer electronics industry. CES typically takes place … Continue reading Favorite (Affordable) 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Products
This piece is a continuation on our series keeping tabs on classic retail chains as they, unfortunately, fade into the rear view. This list is solely for full-line Sears stores, which as of now are the only ones that still exist. The owner operated Sears Hometown Stores have all shut down. As we noted in … Continue reading How Many Sears Stores Are Left?
Starbucks Smoothie Rollout: Vivanno In 2008, I worked as a barista at Starbucks. It was an exciting era for expansion. Around this time, they were just rolling out food in their stores along with another innovation, low calorie real fruit smoothies. Unfortunately for fans of the product, they are no longer an option. I continued … Continue reading What happened to Starbucks smoothies? The history of smoothies at Starbucks
Another year has reached its end, and the barren remains of Sears pushes on. We have repeatedly documented the state of Sears around the holiday season (2019, 2021, 2022) and each year it seems the stores become more empty. With 13 stores remaining (with even the strange twist of two reopening this year), it is … Continue reading Sears at Christmas in 2023
Where are the remaining Suncoast stores? The remaining three Suncoast locations are in: Beaumont, Texas Beavercreek, Ohio Jacksonville, North Carolina, What is the history of Suncoast Motion Picture Company? Suncoast launched in 1986 as Paramount Pictures, a partnership between the movie studio and Musicland. At this time, purchasing VHS tapes to own was a relatively … Continue reading What happened to Suncoast Motion Picture Company? Are there any Suncoast locations left?
Brostocks has reported extensively on the demise of Sears, particularly over the last few years since Sears Holdings declared bankruptcy in 2018. Since Sears reemerged under the new Transformco company, it dabbled briefly with smaller format Sears Home & Life stores that opened in 2019 which eventually all closed by 2023. Transformco reacquired, out of … Continue reading A Strange Twist: Is Sears actually reopening stores in 2023?
The Westwood Kmart, located at 700 Broadway in Westwood, New Jersey in the northern part of the state opened in the Fall of 1982. The early 80’s was a bit of a heyday for Kmart as they were the second largest retailer in the United States with once around 2,400 stores, second only to Sears. … Continue reading Kmart, Westwood Plaza, Westwood, New Jersey (one of three in lower 48 USA)
This list was initially compiled in May 2020 utilizing Kmart's online store directory and then doing research through various news reports, phone calls to stores and message boards to verify the number of stores remaining open. We stand by the accuracy of this list recently cited in Forbes. Is Kmart Bankrupt? Does Kmart still exist? … Continue reading How many Kmarts are left in the United States?
UPDATE July 2, 2023: The Chambersburg Mall has reportedly closed permanently. We had the opportunity in early April to visit a fascinatingly dead mall in central Pennsylvania. At the time of the visit, the only sign of life was an open AMC movie theater. The rest of the mall was pretty much fully abandoned and … Continue reading Dead Malls: Chambersburg Mall, Chambersburg, PA, USA.