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Remembering Downriver Rookie, a beloved Michigan sports-card shop

Sep 1, 2021
"You can almost smell the cards when you think about it hard enough," said high school teacher Ken Cameron.
Ken Cameron still has the baseball cards he bought at Downriver Rookie. "Baseball was such a part of my grandfather's life, my father's life, my life," he says.
Courtesy Ken Cameron

Remembering art supply store Pearl Paint, a mecca for New York artists

Jul 28, 2021
Architectural lighting designer Sylvia Olmos talks about her personal connection to the famed art supply store.
Pearl Paint, an art supply store in lower Manhattan, was an institution for artists until its closure in 2014.
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What happens after a beloved fabric store closes?

Jun 14, 2021
Hancock Fabrics, with its rows and rows of possibilities, was a fixture in the lives of many, including Joanna Clark of Brunswick, Georgia.
Hancock Fabrics was one of the country’s largest fabric retailers. The company announced it was closing its stores in 2016.
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Remembering the iconic store Thrift Town

Jun 9, 2021
Beatrice Hogg talks about what she remembers and misses about her local Sacramento Thrift Town.
Like many local shops that live over generations, Thrift Town became a landmark to some in the Sacramento region.
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What was so great about Blockbuster? A lot, say fans

May 20, 2021
Marketplace listeners remember the beloved video rental store.
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Remembering the hobby shops of yesteryear

May 3, 2021
“A really wholesome cheap thrill”: A listener on the joys of model rockets and the the hobby shops of his youth.
"It's a really wholesome cheap thrill," Marketplace listener Ted Dupont said about launching model rockets.
Courtesy Max Myers

"I could just get lost in the place": Remembering a Connecticut sheet music store

Apr 6, 2021
Piano teacher Victoria Reeve shares what Foundry Music meant to the New Haven community.
New Haven piano teacher Victoria Reeve in front of the now-closed sheet music store Foundry Music.
Courtesy of Victoria Reeve

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Why Fry's Electronics was more than a store to many

Feb 26, 2021
The ailing tech store closed this week, devastating longtime fans.
"It was this magical wonderland where pretty much everything with a power cord was on sale," said Parker Hall, a product reviewer for Wired.
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