Survey says: What if money can buy happiness?
Published on Nov 15th, 2012
12 comments "Everybody wants more cash!" declares Capital One bankcard TV pitchman Jimmy Fallon. Except for the cute baby, that is, who throws Cheerios at Fallon when he offers 50 percent more cash back. Perhaps...
Where do you get your groceries?
Published on Aug 14th, 2012
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Published on Jul 23rd, 2012
2 comments Headless mannequins make me slightly uneasy. I guess the idea is to focus attention on the dress? Fifth Street Southeast.~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at
Jaquith omitted most shop-local benefits
Published on Jan 23rd, 2012
15 comments Full disclosure: I own a local business. So you can imagine my disappointment when the Hook chose to run an essay that actively discourages shopping locally, [Janis Jaquith’s January 19 "Online specs...
Straight talk: 'Buy local: Save your job'
Published on Jan 31st, 2011
26 comments In tough economic times, it might be hard to come up with anything more visceral than this appeal from a Central Virginia businesswoman: "Buy local. Save your job." It's a slogan so powerful that it'...
Retail Relay changes name, opens online farmer's market
Published on Jun 18th, 2010
0 comments Thanks to Relay Foods you can buy Joel Salatin's chickens online and pick them up just a few miles from home. FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Retail Relay, the local online grocery store that offers food...
Kohl's digging for October
Published on Apr 2nd, 2010
22 comments In mid-January, the Kohl's site, left foreground, still had the look of a moonscape. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Upscale discounter Kohl's appears to have broken ground on its planned Charlottesville...
Pandesnownium: Charlottesville shoppers go mad before storm
Published on Feb 4th, 2010
16 comments Here we go again... They're not looting just yet, but shoppers panicked by one weekend's impending whopper of a storm were swarming stores like locusts, leaving shelves barren in their wake. Lowe's...
Snap o' the Day: Northtown shop center
Published on May 26th, 2009
3 comments Amid a deep recession, which includes the deaths of many shopping malls, according to a new Wall Street Journal report, developer Wendell Wood plunges forward with his Northtown Shopping Center, a...
Chain reaction: What's wrong (and right) about these stores
Published on Mar 19th, 2009
0 comments   Urban Outfitters is slated to open May 21, according to a company spokesperson. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER Walking along the Downtown Mall– to and from work during the week or with my dog...