JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Winn-Dixie, a unit of Southeastern Grocers, is making a strong push at promoting smaller regional brands at its Florida stores, including the sausage brands Roger Wood, Registers and Nettles. Southeastern Grocers in March also announced a push at increasing the number of minority-owned brands sold at theMORE HERE

MIAMI – The Miami shirt maker Ramon Puig Guayaberas “La Casa de la Guayabera,” has reopened after closing during the Covid pandemic. The 77-year-old brand, located on historic Eighth Street, or “Calle Ocho”, closed in August 2020, but has reopened on the same street. The guayabera is a button downMORE HERE

TAMPA – Repair businesses were once a backbone of a small-town economy. If Main Street was the front-facing retail and public end of the local business ecosystem, the side streets and corners, with cheaper rents, offered small businesses the space to fix things. The Norman Rockwell painting What Makes itMORE HERE

Tang Astronaut Drink General Foods

Apollo, and indeed the entire NASA program, were not only a financial boon to American businesses, they were also a promotional extravaganza for American companies and brands, both consumer and defense/corporate in the same way that Jeep and Ray-Ban became known because of their connection to World War II. TheMORE HERE

As American companies have abandoned their legacy and sold out or turned into ever larger monopolies, new companies, often non U.S., have reaped the great rewards. One such story is Rockwell, which was one of the stellar brands of the United States space program, and best known and most trusted industrialMORE HERE

Sticky

If you were at a kids pool in the 1960s (or my wife on Lyford Cay, Bahamas in about 1970, photo at right), you would likely see toddlers swimming about with little bubble floats on their backs. In some cases they were plain styrofoam, but in many cases they wereMORE HERE

MIAMI – The late Sylvester “Pat” Weaver, the innovative NBC president responsible for the Today and Tonight shows, had a saying about Today. It was a show you could not kill, no matter what. Bad hosts, bad producers, off stories, competition..no worries! It was such a good idea that itMORE HERE