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  We’re told the economic recovery is gaining pace, but some businesses are still finding it hard to keep their footing in this changed economic landscape. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on one high profile business failure in Connecticut this week.

The tills are ringing briskly at North Cove Outfitters in Old Saybrook, but that’s because bargains are flying off the shelves in a liquidation sale. Regular customer Mike Campbell summed up the mood.

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Holiday Advertising

Dec 14, 2011
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It's the holiday season! Christmas, Hanukah, Christmakuh, Kwanza, or as advertisers like to think of it, the season when they separate you from your money.

Harriet Jones

Black Friday is an established Holiday tradition, as we work off the turkey with a visit to the mall. But small, local retailers often get left out of the spending spree. The relatively new concept of Small Business Saturday is an attempt to put that right. WNPR’s Harriet Jones has the story.

Charge card giant American Express began the Small Business Saturday campaign in 2010. One year on, the concept has expanded.

Harriet Jones

Big box stores are under pressure. A drastic drop in consumer spending has gone along with a shift to making purchases online. But what does all this mean for the small independent retailer? WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it may actually represent an opportunity for the main street mom-and-pop store.

The retail industry is in turmoil. But while big box stores come and go, some things remain the same.

Harriet Jones

The rise of the Internet has changed the face of marketing for small companies.  And for some, it’s changed the way they do business entirely. In the second of our occasional series, WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports on one small Connecticut business that’s gone completely virtual.

As any UConn fan knows, the business of sports is big business.  Scott Yeager is showing me round the warehouse of his sports apparel company, Husky Wear.

And the list goes on. And on.

Harriet Jones

Connecticut’s multi-million dollar investment in a new high-speed rail line from New Haven to Springfield is supposed to spur economic development. And for some communities it will mean big changes. WNPR’s Harriet Jones went to talk to small business owners in Meriden about their hopes for the city as the new line comes through.

It’s a sunny day in downtown Meriden and Ron Dagan and I are walking on a street parallel to the nearby train tracks.

Ikea

Jun 7, 2011
Per Ola Wiberg, Creative Commons

You can find a blog called Colorado Ikea Fans” - where you’ll see a real-time countdown to the store’s opening in Denver on July 27th at 9 AM.  

Now, anxious shoppers - we’ve learned - will be lining up 48 hours before opening day.   

The Ikea craze is widespread – indoctrinating us with their “Life Improvement Plan” mentality.  

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Two types of small businesses in Connecticut have been pitted against one another in recent months by a controversial piece of legislation. The measure, which goes into effect July 1st, attempts to force Internet retailers to levy sales tax in the state for the first time.

As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, some are calling it the “Amazon tax.”

This is North Cove Outfitters in Old Saybrook, where Iain McGowan is helping a customer.

Last year, restaurants in New York City were required to post a letter grade that summarized their health inspection results.  Now, the City of Hartford may do the same thing. The new plan wouldn't change the restaurant inspection process or requirements.  It also wouldn't apply to food trucks, school lunchrooms, jails, soup kitchens or hospital cafeterias. 

It's getting harder to find a place that has live jazz on a regular basis.  Even harder to find is a place that presents jazz and serves Chinese and Japanese cuisine.  But for the last decade or so West Hartford's Szechuan Tokyo has successfully managed this tri-fecta of music and food from two cultures.  But now, sadly the establishment closes its doors for good this weekend.  We talked to Paul Lewis, the owner of Szechuan Tokyo.

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