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History of Dill’s Best and Dill’s Pipe Cleaners

January 7th, 2010 · 14 Comments

One of the oldest extant American tobacco brands is Dill’s. J.G. Dill was once a great Virginia tobacco company, known worldwide for its Dill’s Best pipe tobacco. While as far as we know the tobacco brand Dill’s does not survive, Dill’s Premium Pipe Cleaners, known by their yellow and red package, do live on. J.G. […]

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Tags: Tobacco

The Era of Retro Ballparks Over?

April 6th, 2009 · No Comments

I’d like to send a warning to those cities that are looking at putting up a new venue for their local ball clubs: The era of “retro” parks could end soon. (Quite an upbeat theme for baseball’s Opening Day, eh?) This also dovetails into a recent post on the the status of a ballpark in […]

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Tags: Sports

Use Recipes to Brand Your Regional Restaurant

February 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Regional restaurants can be great brands. And the key to the longevity of your restaurant brand is developing a few signature, classic dishes that are not only loved by customers that visit, but also enter the regional vernacular. If you are curious about how to brand a regional restaurant, please read our post Tips to […]

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Tags: Regional Brands

Nine Pharmaceutical Branding Tips from Robins

January 27th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Pfizer’s Wyeth purchase includes remnants of the old A.H. Robins company RICHMOND – The merger between Wyeth and Pfizer got us thinking about the legacy of the Albert Hartley Robins company, better known as A.H. Robins. While the name A.H. Robins is gone, the Robins influence shows in the highly profitable brands that are within […]

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Tags: Grocery · Health

Valentine Museum Shows Regional Retail Neon

January 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Recently Restored Signs On View at Valentine Richmond History Center RICHMOND — Original neon signs from two well-known Virginia retailers have been restored to original working condition and are on display at the Valentine Richmond History Center. The exterior sign from the former Mill End Shop in Richmond ‘s Carytown and a mid-century A&N Store […]

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Tags: Regional Brands · Retail

When Will Richmond Bring Back Miller & Rhoads?

May 6th, 2008 · No Comments

It was but 20 years ago that it lived in downtown Richmond, the south’s greatest department store. Today, the Miller & Rhoads building stands empty, and the city of Richmond waits for its next use, retail. A new Hilton Garden Inn had been slated for the building forever, though now apartments are in progress! Wouldn’t […]

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Tags: Department Stores