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Entries Tagged as 'Regional Brands'

Conserving the Regional Brands of New England

February 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Connecticut Presbyterian minister, writer and investor C.R. Wiley is a thought leader in the area of old style rural conservatism. While reading his other great stuff on the website The Imaginative Conservative, I saw a great piece of his about his favorite New England brands. A recommendation for a brand is even better when it comes from […]

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Tags: Regional Brands

Idea: Local Brands as Economic Development Facades

November 15th, 2012 · No Comments

PALMETTO – Across the U.S., there is no shortage of run-down small and medium-sized towns that used to be far more prominent than they once were. Through most of the 20th century, these towns and small cities often had regional brands connected to them, the most prolific being agricultural produce brands. In truth, brand differential […]

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Tags: Brand History · Regional Brands

Tidewater Motor Oil, Washed Up at Cracker Barrel

January 18th, 2011 · 2 Comments

MATHEWS, Va. – For brand archaeologists, the best dig site is Cracker Barrel. They are fascinating museums of America’s business history, not to mention their gift shops filled with old-time brands. Here pictured in a restaurant near Jacksonville, Florida are cans of Tidewater Long Wearing Motor Oil. We thank Catesby Jones of Peace Frogs for […]

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Tags: Energy · Regional Brands

Old South Watermelon Rind Pickle. Sweet.

August 6th, 2010 · 2 Comments

ALMA, Arkansas – Each summer, my grandmother in Somers, Virginia would save the watermelon rinds after we ate watermelon on the patio of the farmhouse. I never could understand it; you want to eat the flesh, but the rind? Bitter! That was until I tasted watermelon rind pickle. Yes, they were watermelon rinds, and they […]

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Tags: Grocery · Regional Brands

Mello Yello Goes Back to Irvington, Virginia, 1979

June 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Part of the reason I love brands is because I studied them at the Irvington Country Store. When I was 15, in 1979, my father bought a country store in Irvington, Virginia on the Northern Neck. It was a cool country store, and he did the right things with it, including bringing in deli sandwiches […]

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Tags: News · Regional Brands · Retail

Brands of Jim Rockford’s L.A.

April 11th, 2010 · 9 Comments

LOS ANGELES – What guy doesn’t want to be Jim Rockford? Well, perhaps living in the trailer was a bit tiresome (how come they let him keep it in the parking lot?), but the rest of the life as L.A. private eye is way cool. It would be fun to drive about L.A. in a […]

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Tags: Media · Regional Brands · Tourism

The Fort Worth Ranch Style Beans Explosion

January 16th, 2010 · 20 Comments

We got a call from actor Jeffery Jones (no not the one in Ferris Bueller) who told us a story about Ranch Style Beans, and the Ranch Style Beans Factory, in Fort Worth. Jones lived in the projects of Fort Worth, right near the Ranch Style plant, and it was an early childhood memory.The actor, […]

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Tags: Regional Brands

History of Rapa, the King of Scrapple

December 30th, 2009 · No Comments

I do like scrapple, though I don’t think anyone I know now actually eats it, so I just don’t have the courage to bring it in the house. It’s one of those things that if you overthink, you lose the appetite. I do remember as a child being served it in right fashionable suburban houses […]

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Tags: Grocery · Regional Brands

New Year’s Food: The Best Known Brands of Chitterlings

December 29th, 2009 · 80 Comments

It is time for food for the New Year. One such staple of the holidays in the South are chitterlings, or chitlins. Growing up, of the animal parts, I would eat souse and scrapple, though never chitterlings. Souse is, of course, a head cheese made of the brains of a pig. It is eaten as […]

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Tags: Grocery · Regional Brands

Brigham’s Closes Last Boston Ice Cream Store, a Not So Wicked Move

November 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Boston papers are reporting the sad news. Brigham’s is closing its last store in Boston. The ice cream company has been an icon of Boston since 1924, and locals and tourists have seen it as a part of the Boston identity. It’s a great regional brand, and much beloved. The chain was purchased in June […]

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Tags: News · Regional Brands