WEEK #16 APRIL 15th, 2024

Dear Customers, Of all the things that stand out on the calendar for this week, and in particular, this day, Tax Day is about the only thing that shows up as notable.  As Americans, we all know that our taxes are vital for operating this town, this state and this country.  It doesn’t make parting…

WEEK #15 APRIL 8th, 2024

WEEK #15 APRIL 8th, 2024 Dear Customers, Just about a month ago, back in the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, our manager drove to Connecticut for three days to attend the bi-annual food buying show sponsored by our wholesaler.  While our warehouse is located in Dubois, the actual company is based in Vermont…

WEEK #14 APRIL 1st, 2024

Dear Customers, April Fools’ Day was a big deal when we were in elementary school.  Everyone tried to put one over on their buddies or classmates.  The reward was simply to be able to announce “April Fools” at the unlucky soul who suffered the prank.  By the time we were in high school, the mischief…

WEEK #13 MARCH 25th, 2024 (EASTER WEEK)

Dear Customers, I remember years as a boy, when the weather was so beautiful for Easter week that the sun shone brightly in blue skies, the bulbs previously long dormant in the cold ground were all abloom and everywhere you could virtually smell Spring in the air.  That being said, I can also remember Easter…

WEEK #12 MARCH 18th, 2024

Dear Customers, With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, sales of corned beef – both rounds and flats – were better than usual.  I guess it could be attributed to people having the day off and having more time to putter around the kitchen.  Most years, when the holiday falls mid-week, the…

WEEK #11 MARCH 11th, 2024

Dear Customers, There’s something about the first week of March that I find comfortingly hopeful!  Sure, it’s still rainy, snowy, icy, gray and cold some days, but there exists the possibility of the complete opposite occurring.  You get it all in March!  But at least the ultra-cold temperatures are behind us and perennial bulbs have…

WEEK #10 MARCH 4th

Dear Customers, Many years ago, one of the member stores at the now defunct Olean Wholesale, got the innovative idea of staging a “Beef Bonanza”.  Originally, beef was the only animal featured, but regardless, it was a huge success.  So much so that the idea began traveling around to all the member stores as a…

WEEK #9 FEBRUARY 26th, 2024

Dear Customers, In the year I was born, 1954, a movie was released that I wouldn’t even see for several more decades!  It was a romantic musical set in the highlands of Scotland and concerned a magical village that only appeared out of the Scottish mists for one day every 100 years. I feel like…

WEEK #8 FEBRURARY 19th, 2024

Dear Customers, Today is President’s Day!  It originally was celebrated to honor Abraham Lincoln whose birthday was last week on February 12th and George Washington, born on the 22nd of this month.  So why does it not fall on either of those dates?  Why, the answer is simple – so the Federal Government could avail…

WEEK #7 FEBRUARY, 12, 2024

Dear Customers, A few weeks ago, I mentioned there were very few reasons to celebrate during the month of February.  One of them was held yesterday in Super Bowl LVIII, (or “58” if you didn’t have Mrs. Hergenrother for Latin).  The next one happens on Wednesday of this week and it’s for lovers, budding friendships…