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Upham's Corner Businesses Thrive onThanksgiving

Posted: November 24, 2011     Nancy J Conrad

Upham's Corner Business District Thriving on ThanksgivingDespite all the talk in the media about national chains opening earlier and earlier on Black Friday, infringing on the hours that are supposed to be dedicated to Thanksgiving, the Upham's Corner Business District on Dudley Street "paid no mind" and acted like it was "just another day."

Walking down Dudley Street from Monadnock Street to Columbia Road, you could see the many shoppers at grocery stores, clothing stores, barber and beauty salons, gift shops and restaurants. 

By far the busiest store was Brothers Market II - so much so that you had to "excuse" yourself through the crowds of shoppers and people waiting in line to check out.

Ambioris Fernandez, owner at Brothers Market II, said: "Yes, we knew it would be a big day.  No one else is open.  Last year, the same."  He appeared proud and pleased since it was a very big shopping day for them.

Meanwhile South Bay Mall was "dead" - literally the only time that mall is a carless parking lot throughout. 
  • So is this a sign that our Upham's Corner business district is doing well? 
  • Or is it merely a sign that the Thanksgiving major mall reprieve gave "the little guys" a chance?
Think of it this way. 
  • If South Bay had been open, the number of people in the business district would probably have been less. 
  • On the other hand, the number of people patronizing the Upham's Corner business district indicates that it definitely has something to offer.
The challenge is this: 

How do we encourage today's shoppers [ourselves] to make a commitment to shopping local, to making the Upham's Corner business district their [our] shopping home?

Here's how
  1. Walk the business district and visit every store

  2. Find exactly one item that meets your needs (in other words, you do not have to go to South Bay)

  3. Check the price and adjust your thinking if the price is just a little bit higher. 
    • Calculate how much the convenience is worth. 
    • Add in the value of the security that comes to our neighborhood because we have an active and viable business district.

  4. Breaking old habits isn't easy.  Buy something today. 
    • If I need something today, do I see myself driving "to the mall"?
    • If I need something today, do I ask myself:  How close by can I travel and still get the same item?

  5. Practice walking to the business district.  Window shop and tell yourself why the change to shopping local is a good idea.

In no time at all, you WILL become an Upham's Corner Business District Devotee.
South Bay on Thanksgiving 2011
South Bay at Stop & Shop - no cars
South Bay on Thanksgiving 2011
From Stop & Shop, looking towards Old Navy, Home Depot,
OfficeMax and Olive Garden Restaurant - no cars

Upham's Corner Business District Thriving on Thanksgiving


Jackson's Food Market
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Nevarez Clothing Gear
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Discount Shoes Store
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CVS Pharmacy
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Vicente Barber Shop
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Rainbow Fashions
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Consuelo's Salon
Upham's Corner Business District Thriving on Thanksgiving
B. Zone Gifts
Upham's Corner Business District Thriving on Thanksgiving
Nueva Imagen Beauty Salon
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Madrag Clothing Store
Upham's Corner Business District Thriving on Thanksgiving
El Frutero Market
Upham's Corner Business District Thriving on Thanksgiving
Yanet Restaurant
Upham's Corner Business District Thriving on Thanksgiving
Brothers Supermarket II
Upham's Corner Business District Thriving on Thanksgiving
Ambioris Fernandez of Brothers Market II
Upham's Corner Business District Thriving on Thanksgiving
Buying groceries at Brothers
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Checking out at Brothers

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