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 the typically owner operated Sears Hometown Stores. As we noted … Continue reading How Many Sears Stores Are Left?
Atlantic City, New Jersey, is an oceanside town on the Jersey shore known for its iconic boardwalk and, of course, gambling. But, in recent years, the 'Las Vegas of the East' has been characterized as having fallen on hard times. However, gambling and tourism is still a big moneymaker in this exciting beach town.2014 was … Continue reading How many Atlantic City casinos are left? A list of casinos in Atlantic City
When you were young, you may have had the wish that every day could be Christmas. One Kentucky entrepreneur has turned this dream into a reality. I stumbled upon the Christmas Morning Cafe driving through the Louisville, Kentucky area and decided to make a stop. As a child, I always loved Christmas decor and going … Continue reading A Kentucky cafe where it’s Christmas every day
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.
I have been a reseller for as long as I can remember. Growing up in the early days of the Internet, the concept of being able to sell something sitting around the house to an eager stranger on the web was the coolest thing to me. OfferUp serves a unique niche, so let's learn more … Continue reading Is OfferUp legit? How to avoid scams and stay safe on OfferUp
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?
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
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
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
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