Category Archives: Retail

YOU VOTE: What West Manchester Mall Tout video should Sean star in?

Sean Adkins is the star of any show. Just watch these Touts.

Sean (It’s pronounced See-Ann) Adkins is the star of any show. Just read this post. Such a ham.

I’ve been covering the West Manchester Mall for about a year now, since it was sold.

Veteran reporter Sean Adkins has been covering it for much longer.

So, before someone executes plans that would turn the mall into a legitimate place, we want to have a little fun. Continue reading


Adult footie pajamas: A trend story that’s warm and cozy

Horrible picture. These were taken the day my mom gave me Penn State footie pajamas.

Horrible picture. These were taken the day my mom gave me Penn State footie pajamas.

Click here to read my story on the adult footie pajama trend that’s sweeping the nation.

As some of you know, I’m a huge footie pajama advocate.

In fact, I blogged about the topic not too long ago for YDR.

Ever since then, I’ve been scouring York County in a search for my fellow footie brethren.

One day last month, I had the hankering for a light-hearted story. Continue reading

Mapping social reactions to the York Galleria mall cockroach infestation: I’m multi-platform, yo.

This is the closed food court, caution tape and all. My editor, Cathy Hirko, noticed I’m getting a little artsy fartsy with my iPhone photos.

The other day, I posted about Gathering Point, this neat tool you can use to make social maps that update in realtime to complement stories.

On Tuesday, I had the perfect opportunity to see it in action: A cockroach infestation that closed the food court at the York Galleria mall.

On a side note, that day, I pretty much almost crashed my car on Rt. 30.

En route to the mall, I had my notepad pinned against the steering wheel while I took notes from Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Samantha Krepps. Continue reading

To tweet or not to tweet? That time I went to Excitement Video and Toys for work.

The only photo I tweeted out from Excitement Video and Toys’ Ladies Night on Thursday. It’s a shoe. There is nothing dirty about shoes.

Once upon a time, there was a business reporter who got assigned to go to Excitement Video and Toys for work.

Yes, work.

“It’s an economy story,” she convinced herself, as she nervously perused the displays of kinky gadgets not suitable to describe to her 58-year-old mother — let alone an entire county of print subscribers.

The goal: to tastefully write about how the erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was affecting sales of … um … products. Continue reading

Using a York County convenience store as my “office” and my first big #ideaLab lesson

I’m a firm believer that when you tell someone you’re going to do something — YOU DO IT.

That’s why this last ideaLab mobile reporting day was a bump in the road.

But it’s OK. Continue reading

York Galleria mall youth escort policy throws teens for a loop

Originally published on Page A1 of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Sunday, October 2, 2011.

Click here to check out the video I made on deadline to go with this story.

Daily Record/Sunday News

As the clock struck 6 p.m. Friday, York Galleria mall security guards, clad in white shirts and trooper hats, marched to the call of duty, manning their posts near Boscov’s and JC Penney – gateways to the forbidden land.

They checked IDs, turning some away like bouncers at a club, sending a clear message to unsupervised minors wandering the halls:

You’re not welcome here – from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, at least.

That’s when anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian older than 21 while shopping in the Springettsbury Township retail complex. Continue reading

Toilet paper goes tubeless: Some York countians say they would miss the cardboard core

Originally published on Page A1 of the York Daily Record/Sunday News on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.

Daily Record/Sunday News

It’s always been there. Through thick and thin, you could always count on it until the end — of the  toilet  paper roll.

But things are changing. Kimberly-Clark has begun testing sales of the Scott Naturals Tube-Free brand of TP that doesn’t need a cardboard core to keep the good times rolling.

It’s the biggest change seen by  toilet  paper users since the roll first appeared in the 1800s. Continue reading