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 many Kmarts are left in the United States?

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. At BroStocks we have a soft spot … Continue reading How many Kmarts are left in the United States?

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?

Who is Chamath Palihapitiya? A different type of populist billionaire

This piece was originally published April 20, 2020 and updated January 31, 2021 to reflect recent calls by Chamath Palihapitiya. "You keep saying propping up zombie companies...are you arguing to let airlines, for example, fail?""Yes."A stunned Scott Wapner, a longtime CNBC host, stammers and stutters..."why? How does that make sense in the broader scheme of … Continue reading Who is Chamath Palihapitiya? A different type of populist billionaire

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

Verizon Says Goodbye to Ringback and Ringtones

What happened to the Verizon ringback tone? As if Millennials needed another reminder of our own aging, Verizon has announced full discontinuation of ringback tones and ringtones. The iconic tones shaped so many of us who were coming of age in the early to mid 2000's. The decision: what song do I want to play … Continue reading Verizon Says Goodbye to Ringback and Ringtones

What Happened to Stein Mart? The Rise and Fall of the Department Store Chain

Is Stein Mart Bankrupt? Stein Mart, the storied chain that began in 1908 with a first location in Greenville, Mississippi by Russian Jewish immigrant Sam Stein, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to the COVID-19 pandemic back on August 12, 2020. All 281 stores across 30 U.S. states will be liquidated. We will examine … Continue reading What Happened to Stein Mart? The Rise and Fall of the Department Store Chain

Mercari Support: How to Contact Mercari If You Have a Problem

Mercari, the Japanese selling app started in February 2013, is an easy, fun and fast way to buy and sell goods. It's a well run app that is incredibly user friendly. However, like any other service, sometimes you need a little help to navigate any potential problems. How to Contact Mercari Mercari Customer Support: Best … Continue reading Mercari Support: How to Contact Mercari If You Have a Problem