Tuesday, August 28, 2007

"Local" Grocery Stores

I like traveling to different places and seeing what they have for "local" stores. With the proliferation of national chains it's becoming ever more difficult to find local stores, but one area that seems to have resisted this is grocery stores. There seem to be "regional" grocery stores, but no "national" grocery stores that I know of. Here in the New York Capital District (Albany, Schenectady, Troy) we have "Hannaford" and "Price Chopper." Of these, Hannaford is actually based in Scarborough, Maine, and is a subsidiary of a foreign food conglomerate. Price Chopper is a family-owned store headquartered in Schenectady. Occasionally you see a "Grand Union," though less frequently these days as the chain fell on hard times and sold a bunch of stores a few years back. Scan the list below and see if the stores in your region are represented. I'll update to include those submitted by comments that are not duplicative.

Arkansas - Little Rock

Harvest Foods
Giant Foods
Maryland - Baltimore Metro

Super Fresh

New York - Capital District

Price Chopper

Grand Union
South Carolina - High Country
South Carolina - Low Country
Piggly Wiggly

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

I'm So Glad To Learn This

A bit I crossed over today advises that:

The idea that knuckle cracking promotes arthritis was brought to you by the same old wives who warned that eyes can stay crossed and palms can grow hairy. No, there is no evidence that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis.

I hope this is true. I'm probably doomed to deal with arthritis anyway, but if arthritis were caused by knuckle-cracking then my doom becomes certain.