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Hello folks, its another story by Dan the advertiser. I am here to talk about the first Kmart in the world. It opened in 1962 in Garden City Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The store is closing later this month, as its one of the stores in this wave of 110 stores closing. I went in this store to take pictures, save the receipt as a souvenir and bought a Star Wars item. Much of the store was taped off as it was 20 to 70 percent off. There were many shoppers. I am sure they will miss this 55 year old fixture too. I think its sad that Kmart is closing a piece of history and how its not able to make it when there are no competitors for 5 miles in a larger area! How could this be??? Maybe lower sales, maybe lease issue. This store is where Kmart’s roots are! The store was in disrepair and looked like a flea market. This all leads me to believe Kmart just isn’t able to keep up and just doesn’t care anymore.  I hope this store becomes of those flexible format Target stores. The store is in a good location and right in the downtown of this community! I went to many other closing Kmarts this trip. RIP First Kmart 1962-2017. Here are some pictures below.

 

       

I Dan Fife, owner of GoGetFifed, joined the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.  I did this as I felt it would be a shot in the arm for my business and to get more customers and clients. Plus to get out there more in the business field.  It is an honor to be part of such an organization. Here is their website http://www.lakesregionchamber.org/.

 

The first meeting I went to was recently at the Holiday Inn in Concord from 7 am to Noon. Other business owners, Carmen Gifford the owner of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and other members of other chamber of Commerce’s attended. We learned about stuff like small business loans and they can do a guarantee fee to customers if worst came to worst and if they can’t pay the fee, no loan. We learned of Small Business lending trends, 5 Cs of credit,  and how its a good idea to for a Community to help grow small businesses. They showed slide shows of their presentations and lecture. It was by a panel and they gave people the chance to ask questions. They had muffins, bagels and juice for refreshments.

 

There were businesses such as UNH (their role is Professional Development, Leadership and Training), TD Bank, USource and Minuteman Health that had tables of businesses cards and meet and greet with other business members. I went up to each table, meet the one running the stand, shook their hand and said who I am and what my company does. I gave them my business card and asked them for a business card from their company as I hope to do business them at some point.

 

Next Chamber of Commerce business meeting is March 22, 2017 at Gunstock Mountain called Meet and Greet. I am so looking forward to it. We have meetings periodically. Among them down the road is the Pumpkin Festival in which they sponsor. I encourage any of you business owners to join the Chamber of Commerce too.

 

 

Hi folks, it’s Dr Fife again, and just giving my feed back of the recent weather we have faced.

 

In Between after the Super Bowl and February 16, we had 4 major snow storms, most of them ONE FOOT! It was canceling schools and or causing 2 hour delays, making me wonder if the kids would be in school still a week after Bike Week. Thankfully I was there to help some people by shoveling their driveways and making their mailbox reachable for the mailman. After a while of these storms, the roads were starting to become impassible and narrower. I went to Mass that day and then Rhode Island to see a showing at a Theatre that I Was invited to and even there they got a lot of snow and had narrower roads and streets. At least many people got their roofs cleared before their roofs started to cave in cause after a while if it snows too much and if the roofs are untreated the weight of the snow will cave in.  In addition it created a lot of big snow banks in parking lots!

 

The last 2 days its felt warm and sunny out like Spring. The snowbanks have been getting smaller. There is no snow on the horizon this week! Check it out on www.weather.com. I feel good of that as I am not a fan of the cold weather.

 

This week is Mass vacation week and I heard on Friday the traffic backed up to get here. That issue of a traffic back up on Fridays on a big weekend has gotten WORSE! I heard Gunstock was sold out yesterday. I saw that Funspot In Laconia, NH was crazy busy. I went to Church Landing for Brunch and that was real busy. Next week is NH Vacation week and traditionally winter feels more like Spring by that point.

 

A side note, Every February weekend is something going on in the Lakes Region. The first weekend of the month is the Pond Hockey Games which is quite popular. The second weekend of February is Fishing Derby. The third weekend of the month is the dog sled racings! All 3 attract a lot of people here and a big meet up spot for that is Cactus Jacks in Laconia, NH as it fills up big time those weekends for those events.

 

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Thats all for Today and I will get back to you all tomorrow on another story / topic

 

Yours Truly,

 

Dr. Fife

 

Hello followers, this is Dan Fife, CEO of GoGetFifed, speaking to talk about an eventful weekend with very popular events and it was quite the weekend! Many of you felt that way too.  There are 3 popular events I will cover. It was a fantastic one at that!

 

A new bar and entertainment place (also hot spot) called The Whiskey Barrel opened in downtown Laconia near the Hair School and Family Dollar. So far it’s been a huge success. It was so crowded it reached Capacity for a while on Friday night and at some pt on Saturday. It offers country music. On Friday Eric Grant Band played and they sang great country songs. Many people danced near the stage. Like wise with Jodie Cunningham Band who played on Saturday. There is a big drink serving area and the bartenders are fast with serving customers despite the big number of them. There were a couple over bar stands. The bar also offers punching glove games and pool tables. Last and but not least a very popular feature of the place is a Mechanical Bull. You pay $1 to get on and the wait is not long at all. You ride on it and try to stay on as long as you can. Many people rode it. One friend stayed on for 59 seconds. I gotta try to do that or more. I LOVE This new bar’s fast and speedy service and friendly staff as well! Come on and Check it out! They will be having more country bands playing! They own a branch in Haverhill, Mass and I believe the new Laconia one will be a HUGE success. I also want to do everything in my power to help them be successful too.

 

This weekend was the annual Pond Hockey games in Meredith on Meredith Bay, the lake near Lago and not far from Church Landing. Various teams play Hockey! There were multiple games to watch. It’s a busy event as many throughout the state come to watch. There are T-shirt and food vendor stands. Many people walk their dogs in the event. Many of my friends have Bob Houses on the lake! Helicopters fly around the event. All the same I list in this paragraph is held on Lake Waukewan. This weekend is the Ice fishing derby event.

 

NOOOWWW, Last and not least, dun dun dun dunnn, was another major, popular and long awaited event last night, The Super Bowl 51!!!  It was the Patriot’s VS the Atlanta Falcons. For a while the Patriot’s were losing and near the end by some miracle they caught up and won!!! Many declare that the best game ever. People cheered, hugged and got emotional when the Patriot’s won.  I admit that was a close one. The score was 34 Patriot’s and Falcons 28. Somehow a Simpsons episode predicted a score as close as this GOOOO Tom Brady!!!!!!! That was the first time a game in the Super Bowl went into over time. I heard Boston even had buildings light up saying Patriots. I watched it at the 405 Pub and Grill in Laconia, NH where they had a Super Bowl Party. Many other hot spots did, including the new Whiskey Barrel. 405 had a pizza and wing buffet $7. Many of my other friends came and watched. One got really cheerful throughout the game and he is a big time Patriot’s fan.  Lady Gaga played in the Half Time Show and did an amazing performance. Her songs Just Dance, Poker Face and Bad Romance are in my head. She must not be afraid of heights as twice she went a far height in the show. They had fire works come out of the building after her performance and the roof was open! Lady Gaga must love the Super Bowl as last year she sang the National Anthem. Luke’s national anthem was great.   Till next year with the Super Bowl and who do you think will play and be in the Half Time Show? I know it will be in Minneapolis. The Super Bowl is an extremely popular event among many many people and is heavily marketed.

 

Well that was an exciting weekend. Every year just about the Pond Hockey Games are held the same weekend as the Super Bowl and that’s always an exciting weekend, plus the Winter gets better then. I would love to hear your input of the all that we talk about and of the Super Bowl game. I also hope to be a blogger in addition to all this.

 

Here are the Pictures of the Story (In order from first to second to third story). The Video at the end is my more successful ridding the bull at the Whiskey Barrel attempt. I didn’t do as well the day before.  In addition, I will have more stories come!

     

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It’s that time of year again everybody. Tomorrow (Sunday, January 22, 2017) is the Patriots Game. The Teams playing in this event are the Steelers that is based out of Pittsburgh and the Patriots that is based out of New England!! These are renowned players. Who do you want to win????? I am rooting for the Patriots as they are from New England. It is playing at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Last week’s game played there too. I even had some friends go there in person and watch the game there. I bet that was an exciting experience. To be honest I have never watched a game there but I should. The game starts at 6:40 pm, so get your position for watching the game before that. There will be entertaining commercials too. Come and watch the Patriots Game at these hot spots: Brookside Pizza / Tap Sports Bar in Belmont, the 405 Pub and Grill in Laconia, the Looney Bin in Laconia located near Funspot or Cactus Jacks in Laconia, as they have a great atmosphere for watching games and have TVs and foods one would have while watching the game, like Nachos, Wings and Beer. To ask, what is your favorite place to watch the game and favorite snacks to have when watching the games? They get busy during these events too! Many people will come with groups of friends to watch them. People love to cheer when their sports game is winning. I can imagine the stadiums at these events are crowded. Only 15 days left till the Super Bowl, wow already??? Time flew by since the last one.  Be sure to tell any of the establishments you visit to watch the game that Dan Fife recommended you there! In Addition wear t shirts of these teams to support them while watching the game!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just this week the Limited had announced closing many stores and is now closing all of them this weekend. Things must have been really bad for them to close so fast. They had one in the Steeplegate Mall years ago. Macy’s announced closing 68 stores and for months had been saying up to 100 stores, it took them till after Christmas to identify which ones however. Sears is closing 42 stores all around the nation. In addition, Sears Holdings is closing 78 Kmarts in addition to the 30 Kmart’s closing last week. Every 100 days Kmart announces a wave of closings! Things have gotten bad for them for 2 decades and gotten worse in the last 5 days, even worse than when they were bankrupt in 2002-2003. I feel its only a matter of time before Kmart crashes and burns. When you think it will go? I’d like your input. Kmart is beyond saving. Kmart will have 630 stores left after this last wave, closed 200 in 2016, well they had over 1000 left in 2014, 1500 left in 2003, 2200 in 1999 or 2000. Its like Woolworth where instead of shut them all down at once, they close them in waves. Kmart has been more recently closing last stores in some regions (like last one in some major areas like Louisville, Augusta GA, Sioux Falls and Jacksonville and Southwest Florida) and Florida has taken the hit, well Wal-mart’s presence there is like CVS around here. Texas took a hit years ago as that’s Wal-mart’s strong hold. Kmart is even closing many stores in its own stronghold, in Michigan esp around the Detroit area where its roots started. Kmart’s first store is closing (I will write a story on that more down the road), its in a Detroit suburb called Garden City and it opened in 1962. Sears is even selling off Craftsman tools, something that drew many people there. The Sears part has been faring better than Kmart but they have been losing stores too. I’d be sad if we lost the Sears part. For Kmart, I used to worry of it a lot, now its so what and I am desensitized. All Management of Sears and Kmart wants to do is wring out every value of the company they can. Of mall anchors closing due to their parent chains in trouble, I feel what malls can do with these empty space is repurpose them into an outdoor downtown like shopping area with stores, entertainment stuff, popular restaurants, an IMAX stuff you don’t find in malls like ice skating and aquariums. Everyone says online shopping is hurting retail and it has for the last couple years. I feel there will always be a need for retail stores, as people want to see and feel the products and cant sit at their homes all the time. Shopping malls is a good reason to get people out of their homes. I went to a new mall in Cincinnati last summer and it was a mixed use center with indoor and outdoor retail, apartments, entertainment and a train model. That’s going with the times. Retailers need to adapt with the times. One problem of malls can be is that they charge high rents. Some have, some haven’t. Kmart never has and many of their stores look the same as they did when I was a kid. Their electronics department is smaller, I have been to ones w cracked floors, half lit lights and 30 times less Customers than the nearby Walmart. They are a washed out retailer. They were the go to store until deeper into my childhood. Should Sears bring back mail order catalogs like it did? Id love your input on that. But some chains are doing fine despite all this slow down in retail. I admit some chains over expanded, and sometimes a chain needs to go on a diet, like close some and open in more productive areas.

CHRISTMAS From NEW York to Florida to Punta Cana, AKA CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE

Hello everyone and this is a message from the Adventurous Dr Dan Fife. I went on a Christmas themed trip 1-2 weeks ago. I went to New York City to see the Tree Lighting, but I didn’t know I had to have tickets to get up close. Oh well, there is always next year for that.  I went to see other decorations. The windows in some of the stores were beautiful as they were colorful and well Christmas decorated. They had creative Christmas designs in them too. At Night, one place on 5th ave would light up and have Christmas singing in which ppl would stop and watch. I have recorded a video of it.

I then flew to Orlando to see their Christmas themed stuff at its parks. I went to Disney World and saw a big Christmas tree and Christmas decorations there. I attended it’s Christmas Party. They had a Christmas parade float with characters on it. Cinderella’s castle lit up to an ice color. I attended a Christmas show near Tomarrow land where people sang and danced and Buzz Light year and the Green Guy from Monsters inc joined in.  The next day I went to New Port Richey to scope it out. After New Port Richey, I went to Sea World in Orlando for their Christmas events. It was nicely decorated with Christmas decorations and lights. I attended a Christmas singing show, an ice skating show and a Shamu Christmas show.  I Saw Christmas decorations on International Dr in Orlando. The next day I went to Universal Studios for their Christmas events. I attended a Grinchmas Breakfast Brunch at the Islands of Adventure part of the park, where they had people dressed up as Dr Seuss Characters and the Grinch. I loved having my picture taken with the Grinch.  That was great seeing the Grinch in Florida as he is from Mount Crumpit. I went to watch a retelling of the Grinch that was nearby in the Dr Seuss area.  Later that day after going on the ET , Marvel, Simpsons and Harry Potter rides, I went to see the Universal Studios Thanksgiving Parade on the main part of the park and there were parade floats of Santa and Sponge Bob. After the parade, they lit up a tree in the New York area and had Christmas decorations on buildings.  I then had dinner at a Hooters in Tampa and they had a Christmas tree there. Imagine a Christmas tree in a hot restaurant place, a pin literally.

Next Morning I left for Punta Cana for a couple days in Paradise. On top of going to the Beach and going on a pirate tour, I saw Christmas trees  and decorations at Punta Cana and Higuey. The people in the Dominican celebrate Christmas like we do!

After Punta Cana, I then went Back to the US, where I went to Washington DC to see their National Tree which is near the White House. The Union Station near the Capitol had Christmas decorations

The airports and hotels in all the places I Went to had Christmas decorations too. Many of the larger stores were busy due to people Christmas shopping too. Below, are pictures of the Christmas decorations in each place (in order of when I got there to getting home).

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Kmart in Tennessee

Kmart in Tennessee

Dan Fife in Alaska on the Seward Highway

Dan Fife in Alaska on the Seward Highway

Mount Rushmore

Fife’s head near the presidents’ heads at Mt. Rushmore

Dan Fife in the North Shore Mall parking lot in Peabody, MA

Dan Fife in the North Shore Mall parking lot in Peabody, MA

Dan Fife in Cancun

Dan Fife in Cancun

Dan Fife at Hooters in Panama City Beach

Dan Fife at Hooters in Panama City Beach

Dan Fife and a friend at the Weirs

Dan Fife and a friend at Weirs Beach

Fife takes Manhattan

Fife takes Manhattan

Dan Fife arrives in Hawaii, accomplishing his 50th state!

Dan Fife arrives in Hawaii, accomplishing his 50th state!

Dan Fife at Dodge City, KS

Dan Fife at Dodge City, KS

Dan Fife wearing a souvenir hat at Disney World. FantasyLand.

Dan Fife wearing a souvenir hat at Disney World. FantasyLand.

Dan Fife watching a show at Cinderella’s Castle

Dan Fife watching a show at Cinderella’s Castle

Dan Fife watching a show at Cinderella’s Castle

Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World Magic Kingdom

Dan Fife at Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dan Fife at Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dan Fife at the Golden Gate Bridge

Dan Fife at the Golden Gate Bridge

Dan Fife at the Mall of America

Dan Fife at the Mall of America

Dan Fife at the Mall of America

Sporting pork chop sideburns in Atlanta, GA

Washington, D.C. Capitol Fifed

Washington, D.C. Capitol Fifed

Souvenirs of places Dan Fife has visited

Souvenirs of places Dan Fife has visited

Magnets of places Dan Fife has visited

Magnets of places Dan Fife has visited

Magnets of places Dan Fife has visited

Magnets of places Dan Fife has visited

Fife the cowboy in Texas

Fife the cowboy in Texas

Dan Fife in front of fireworks at Weirs Beach

Dan Fife in front of fireworks at Weirs Beach

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