Sunday, June 1, 2008

Retail Memo: 'My Corner Local Shop;' 174 Bloggers Offer A Photographic Treasure of Retail Stores Throughout the World

The 'Willits Daily Photo' blog based in Willits, California in coastal Mendocino County, chose the local Mariposa Market pictured above as its favorite retail store for today's blogger theme, "My corner local shop," in which 174 bloggers from throughout the world are posting pictures of their favorite local stores.

Here's what the 'Willits Daily Photo' has to say about its favorite local store:

"Mariposa Market is the best place in town to find organic groceries, nutrition supplements, grooming products, tea sets, and even organic cotton socks. On weekdays, it closes by the time I get home from work, but I do use it on some weekends to get bread and yogurt and dried seaweed. There's no way to miss the giant sunflower mural there on this curve of Main Street."

Today Sunday, June 1, 174 photography bloggers are collectively participating in what's being called a "theme day." Today's theme is: "My corner local shop."

All 174 bloggers have posted pictures of their favorite retail store (or "The shop around the corner") on their photography-oriented blogs, along with a description of the store and why it is their favorite "shop around the corner."

Many of the retail stores pictured and described by the various bloggers as their favorite are supermarkets, specialty and natural foods stores, grocery stores and corner food markets.

For example, 'Paul's 365 Photo Blog'--Paul is a blogger based in San Francisco, California--has a picture of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It's his mom's favorite neighborhood retail store, or shop around the corner, which he recently visited while attending his niece's wedding in the city. Paul says his favorite retail store is Trader Joe's in San Francisco though. Read Paul's post here about his--and his mom's--favorite neighborhood store.

The variety of food and other stores the 174 bloggers have chosen (and posed about) as their favorites is interest/grocerying and eclectic. They range from tiny mom antd pop grocery stores and huge supermarkets, to specialty foods stores, bookstores and other retail formats. The bloggers also are from throughout the globe, so you can get a truly international flavor in terms of food and grocery retailing and retailing in general.

You can view the favorite retail stores of all 174 bloggers here. There are thumbnail pictures of each favorite "local corner shop." You can click on the thumbnail photograph to take you to that blogger's individual blog, with his or hers picture and description about their favorite retail store and why it 's their choice.

For example, Tanya, who publishes the 'Monroe, Georgia Daily Photo' blog, has a photograph and brief description of her favorite store, a Piggly Wiggly supermarket located in her small town of Monroe in Georgia, USA.

On the other hand, a blog called the 'Delhi Photo Diary' based in New Delhi, India, chose a small grocery shop in the blogger's residential colony as her favorite retail store. The grocery shops like the one pictured in the blog are called "Kirane Ki Dukaan." Kirane means grocery and Dukaan means shop.

These grocery shops, which are located throughout rural India and run by families, are becoming endangered because of India's booming economy which is bringing mega retailers like Wal-Mart, France's Carrefour, Tesco and others to the country. India-based chains also are opening more and more hypermarts and huge supermarkets throughout the nation.

We've only given you three examples out of the 174 bloggers participating in today's favorite "My local corner shop" theme day. That means you can view the other 171 entries here.

The retail favorites offered by these 174 bloggers today offers a virtual treasure trove of global retailing across numerous formats--including food and grocery. Use it for fun, but also for knowledge and research. Reading the various entries allows you to be an armchair applied retailing anthropologist, increasing your knowledge of global retailing formats.


Natural~Specialty Foods Memo Editor's Note: Below are links to all 174 blogs participating in today's photo day.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

The Individual Blogs:

Adelaide, Australia by Gordon, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey by afyonblog, Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Ararat, Australia by Digger, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Aspen (CO), USA by IamMBB, Athens, Greece by Debbie, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Avignon, France by Nathalie, Barrow-in-Furness, UK by Enitharmon, Barton (VT), USA by Andree, Belgrade, Serbia by BgdPic, Belgrade, Serbia by Bibi, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Boston (MA), USA by Sarah, Whit, & Leyre, Brookville (OH), USA by Abraham, Bucharest, Romania by Malpraxis, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Budapest, Hungary by agrajag, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cape Town, South Africa by Kerry-Anne, Cavite, Philippines by Steven Que, Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff, Château-Gontier, France by Laurent, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chennai, India by Shantaram, Chennai, India by Ram N, Chicago (IL), USA by U R us, Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Corsicana (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, Edinburgh, UK by Dido, Evry, France by Olivier, Folkestone, UK by Clare Unsworth, Forks (WA), USA by Corinne, Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA by Gigi, Gainesville (FL), USA by Leah, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Gun Barrel City (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Hamilton, New Zealand by Sakiwi, Hangzhou, China by Chanin, Haninge, Sweden by Steffe, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Hyde, UK by Old Hyde, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Jogjakarta, Indonesia by Jogja Portrait, Katonah (NY), USA by Inkster1, Knoxville (TN), USA by Knoxville Girl, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo, Le Guilvinec, France by ds2944, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lisbon, Portugal by Maria João, Lodz, Poland by ritalounge, London, UK by Ham, London, UK by Mo, Los Angeles (CA), USA by Martha Perez, Mainz, Germany by JB, Manila, Philippines by Heyokity, Melbourne, Australia by John, Memphis (TN), USA by SouthernHeart, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Poly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Misawa, Japan by misawa mama, Monroe (GA), USA by Tanya, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Montego Bay, Jamaica by Ann, Monterrey, Mexico by rafa, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Mumbai, India by MumbaiiteAnu, Mumbai, India by Magiceye, Nancy, France by yoshi, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Delhi, India by Delhi Photo Diary, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, New York City (NY), USA by • Eliane •, New York City (NY), USA by Ming the Merciless, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Oklahoma City (OK), USA by ananda.tashie, Orlando (FL), USA by OrlFla, Oslo, Norway by Lothiane, Owasso (OK), USA by Jennifer, Paderborn, Germany by Soemchen, Paris, France by Eric, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Perth, Australia by Elevation7, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by Murphy_jay, Petoskey (MI), USA by Christie, Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Townsend (WA), USA by raf, Portland (ME), USA by Corey, Posadas, Argentina by Lega, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea by Jules, Ramsey, Isle of Man by babooshka, Reykjavik, Iceland by Vírgíll, Riga, Latvia by Fotos. Riga Photos, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke, Rouen, France by Bbsato, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saigon, Vietnam by Simon, Saint Louis (MO), USA by Strangetastes, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Salt Lake City (UT), USA by Eric, San Antonio (TX), USA by Kramer, San Diego (CA), USA by Zentmrs, San Francisco (CA), USA by PFranson, San Francisco (CA), USA by Louis la Vache, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Seoul, South Korea by Phil, Sequim (WA), USA by Norma, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, Springfield (IL), USA by Aubrey, Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Stouffville, Canada by Ken, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Sunshine Coast, Australia by bitingmidge, Sydney, Australia by Ann, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Sydney, Australia by Julie, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Tacloban City, Philippines by agnesdv, Tel-Aviv, Israel by Olga, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, The Hague, Netherlands by Lezard, Tokyo, Japan by Tadamine, Torino, Italy by Fabrizio, Torun, Poland by Glenn, Torun, Poland by Torun Observer, Toulouse, France by Julia, Turin, Italy by Livio, Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Urayasu, Japan by Zono, Victoria, Canada by Benjamin Madison, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Wassenaar, Netherlands by Rich, Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Weston (FL), USA by WestonDailyPhoto, Willits (CA), USA by Elaine, Yardley (PA), USA by Mrlynn,


Kim said...

Hey, thanks so much for featuring the City Daily Photo Blog community's theme day on corner markets! That was really nice of you.
Seattle Daily Photo

• Eliane • said...

Thank you for linking us! This was one of my favorite monthly theme. It is so much fun to see everybody's pick. It indeed does give a good idea of the place, whether supermarkets have replaced corner shops or not.

mirage2g said...

Thanks for the link! Each them day is special and this one was a fun theme to decide.

Greetings from Vienna, Austria, g_mirage

babooshka said...

This was great idea with the link.
It is good to see smaller local places rather tahn the big supermartkets.