Dead Malls: Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Tarentum, Pennsylvania.

We continue our series on dead malls with the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. The Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, colloquially known as Pittsburgh Mills, opened in summer 2005 to great fanfare as the second-largest shopping complex in western Pennsylvania. It started out with three anchor stores JCPenney, Kauffmans (which eventually became Macy’s), and … Continue reading Dead Malls: Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Tarentum, Pennsylvania.

How Many Sears Stores Are Left?

This piece is a continuation on our series keeping tabs on classic retail chains as they, unfortunately, fade into the rearview. This list is solely for full line Sears stores, Sears Grand, Sears Appliance & Mattress, and Sears Home Life stores. This list does not include owner operated Sears Hometown Stores. As we noted in … Continue reading How Many Sears Stores Are Left?

How Does Robinhood Make Money?

Photo from Robinhood.com Originally inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011 (doesn't that seem like forever ago?), Vladimir Tenev and Baiju Bhatt set out to create a no-fee trading to "democratize access to the financial markets." A generation of new millennial investors have been lured in by the ease of access and ability … Continue reading How Does Robinhood Make Money?

What is South of the Border? Visiting a tourist trap during a pandemic

For one reason or another, if you grew up or live on the east coast of the United States, you will likely someday find yourself driving on Interstate 95. Among the terrifying highway signs warning you of eternal damnation with the backing of Old Testament fire and brimstone, you will see the kitsch of a … Continue reading What is South of the Border? Visiting a tourist trap during a pandemic

Adjusting to the New Reality: Chuck E. Cheese in the COVID-19 Era

Photo: BroStocks Media. I was doing my biweekly grocery pick up when I saw a rather striking site across the plaza, an empty Chuck E. Cheese's parking lot with big writing on the windows: $5 PIZZA. It was in that tacky writing you see on the back of a midsize SUV or minivan that says … Continue reading Adjusting to the New Reality: Chuck E. Cheese in the COVID-19 Era