So we got a chance to visit the bakery again today and our friend, the owner, who is starting the first annual Zombie Walk of the town, asked me to “tumblr” it. If you live in the greater Erie area you should definitely check it out!
Abandoned steel mill Erie PA
Wegmans says “we are not going to do anything that will hurt our employees.”
yes good A++ gold star for you Wegmans
Someone once told me that a city isn’t a city without an independent book store. For many small cities, the threat of extinction for small, locally owned is real. Hell, even the big boys (see: Borders and perhaps before long, Erie’s Barnes & Noble) are having trouble keeping up with the online book giants.
For me, I’m a library junkie. I spend more time at Blasco Library than I care to admit… but when I do decide to buy a book, I try to stay local, whether at the Erie Book Store, Werner Books, or Books Galore.
Sadly, for those of us who do frequent the Erie Book Store, we know that it’s been in some trouble. In the past few years, it’s moved locations numerous times, first moving from Lovell Place to a small State Street location, then again earlier this year moving to its current Peach Street location near Ink Assassins Tattoos & Piercings where rent was over $1,000 less expensive per month.
"We’re forced into this move to survive," owner Eric Turowski told Erie-Times News at the time about the Peach Street move. “We can’t survive in this particular spot.”
Turowski had purchased the store in 2011 when longtime owner Kathleen Cantrell decided to retire and close up shop. He had hoped to keep its historic Erie legacy alive. While sales were initially high, sales have dropped 60% from when he first took over, which is the main reason for the Peach Street move.
The future looks bleak. Recently, they’ve had to sell their commercial-sized freezer and pastry display case.
Just today, on the business’s official Facebook page, Turowski wrote:
We are in dire straights right now and continuing to stay open is looking bleak. We would like nothing better than stay open and be the oldest independent book store in Erie but if we have no business we will have to close. We have more than books, we have lots of cool stuff. There is something for everyone in our store. Please support a local business!
And they do offer interesting opportunities, from workshops, to poetry and prose readings (Thursdays at 5:30 PM), to local author book signings, to even Tarot card readings. Plus, they have a little cafe.
Granted, they could use some lessons in effective social media promotion (don’t just use Facebook to announce things… engage people! Also… I hate to say it, but Twitter should be a businesses friend, not foe), but mostly, they just need business.
While it may be beneficial to get a book on Amazon for a $0.01 plus $3.95 shipping, consider taking a visit to the Erie Book Store to spend a few extra bucks on the purchase. Buy a coffee. Check out their schedule of events.
Indeed, support a local business.
Amazon ain’t doing nothing for this city, baby.
Be sure to check out:
Most importantly, be sure to swing by the store’s new location and help spread the word.
I haven’t been to the new location, but the Erie Book Store is infamous for its selection and fantastic style and feel, as well as promoting local authors and events.
If you ever find yourself in NW Pennsylvania, or are a local looking for something new for you to check out, the Erie Book Store is a great place to start.
These kids chased the kidnapper down on THEIR BIKES
to save a 5-year-old girl
From GoErie, reminding us all why libraries are such an underused treasure:
Erie County public libraries are also places to use a free computer, or learn how to use a computer for free. They’re places for small children to learn to love books, and for adults to discover new skills and interests.
At libraries babies can learn sign language, students and adults can find microfiche of old newspapers and obituaries — treasure troves for people tracing their heritage and local history.
Libraries fill a corner of cyberspace where you can find e-books, music, learn a language, reserve a best seller. Readers can go to the library to learn how to find and download all of the same.
Book-club members can check out a gym bag full of copies of one title, so members don’t all have to buy them before the next meeting.
For many, the library is also a bus filled with books brought close to their homes. It’s a place to meet zoo animals, hear concerts played by members of the Erie Philharmonic, and even touch and hold their instruments.
Don’t have a fishing pole? All you need is a library card to “check out” poles, tackle and flotation devices for anglers, thanks to a donation from the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie.
Try getting a hold of free family passes to visit the Erie Art Museum.
It’s all free. …
Children and young adults also enjoy summer reading programs. The library visits public housing to give kids who live there access to books and reading.
Speaking of kids, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Blasco also will welcome children to read to Annie, a golden retriever. Annie doesn’t correct children or stop them. She just allows them to practice reading. Annie’s owner will answer questions, no registration required. Edinboro Public Library will host a similar program Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. …
The public library remains the best source for local history. The Heritage Room at Blasco includes decades-old newspapers on microfiche, school yearbooks, obituaries and other texts.
“We wind up with visitors from 48 of the 50 states to the Heritage Room,” Rennie said. “The obituaries are some of the most-used resources in the library.” …
Hall and other library staff have stacks of other ideas on how to attract more visitors.
They’re thinking about a Skype-accessible book club, and an open-mic night for local musicians.
An eight-week class for people who want to take the GED started two weeks ago. One librarian offers knitting classes for six at the Lincoln branch.
It’s safe to say that while the Internet has changed the way libraries serve their communities, they’re not going away. She estimated that Erie County libraries see 1 million visitors a year.
Not to mention it’s literally fucking attached to the Erie Maritime Museum, where you can see some of the most amazing artifacts and information about the Lakes history, and even visit or reserve a trip on the USS Brig Niagara
You want the best wings in the country? Come to Erie, Pennsylvania. Sure, Buffalo, New York gets all of the credit due to being the namesake of the buffalo wing, but Erie bar owners have taken what they’ve learned from the Buffalo bars and perfected the chicken wings. Need proof? Check out Odis 12, Eli’s, or Chippers. I’d put them up against any of the so-called best wings in Buffalo.
Unfortunately, as far as food goes… that’s about all Erie is known for. That’s not to say that this is all that Erie has to offer. Far from it. That’s also not to say that there aren’t other excellent things about Erie’s food scene, because there are - see The Tap House, 1201 Kitchen, La Bella, Picasso’s, or Latino’s just to name a few of the stellar restaurants in Erie.
But by and large, Erie hasn’t figured it’s food identity - and overall, the majority of restaurants in Erie have uninspired, safe, and flat-out boring menus where Ahi Tuna is about as “out there” as they get.
For a recent (and probably unfair) example, I was excited to see a new bar-restaurant opening up on Peninsula Drive called the Ugly Tuna Tavern. Anytime a new local place opens up, I get excited. But once again, I checked out their menu and was left disappointed.
Pizza. Wings. Chicken club sandwiches, black-n-bleu burgers, and quesadillas.
Where’s the imagination? Where’s the local?
They are located a quarter mile from Lake Erie, yet no Lake Erie perch, walleye, or ruby red trout? Not a single local beer on draft? Or any local wine?
When Erie’s entrepreneurs aren’t even interested in embracing what is Erie, that’s the first problem.
And I don’t blame the owners of the Ugly Tuna Tavern. In fact, I’m going to check them out tonight and I’m looking forward to it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they are successful and people flock to eat there rather than Red Lobster. I’m also being a bit unfair, as it’s their first week open and perhaps they have grander plans for their menu. Who knows?
All that I’m hoping is that more and more people embrace Erie’s identity and use a little imagination.
Because Erie should be a food, beer, and wine destination rather than an afterthought.
A valid point about the cuisine in Erie- except for the local fish dishes.
I’m sorry, but even if I wasn’t vegetarian, I would hesitate to order fish that came from a lake so polluted that the locals were excited that it finally went from a D-rating to C-rating of pollution, and where the beaches are more often closed due to e.coli levels than not. Not that tourists would know that, but I’d rather not give them a reason to sue when/if they get sick.
Both air and water there are ridiculously polluted, but only the air pollution has the added benefit of making (literally) the most beautiful sunsets on earth.
Sorry for being a downer, but I hit that part of the article and just went NOPE.
Pennsylvania has the most structurally deficient bridges and the most miles of roads in “poor” condition in the entire country, but Gov. Corbett proposed only half of what is needed to address issues. Every $1 billion invested in transportation infrastructure creates or saves roughly 30,000 jobs, and better roads mean better ways for goods to be imported and exported from our area, which generates economic growth and opportunity.
But the potential for negative impacts on economic development doesn’t stop with transportation. Two years ago, Gov. Corbett cut almost $1 billion in basic education funding. This year’s $90 million increase is not enough to fix the damage. The school districts I represent – Fairview, Fort LeBeouf, General McLane, and Millcreek Township – would see an average increase of 1.5 percent, which is unsustainable because it’s contingent upon successfully privatizing the liquor stores.
We cannot peg the privatization of the state liquor system against our education system. Instead, we should explore a way to modernize the current system so that “mom and pop” stores and neighborhood beer distributors can continue to grow and thrive.
PA roads- and PENNDOT itself- are jokes. Even when roads are repaired, its with shoddy materials and has to be redone year after year after year- in the same exact spots, down to the potholes. My family actually could use the ‘repair’ of one road as a reminder to get ready for the county fair, because they’d tear up the road to GET to the fair the week before it started, causing havoc for equestrians and other showers of livestock who needed to get in. Yet it would be like clockwork, every year I remember attending, for almost a decade.
So I’m just flabbergasted that this is still an issue, when it could be worked on AND create jobs.
by Leann Rommitti of Persad Center
Do you consider yourself a leader in your community? Would you like to make an impact on the Erie Community? Would you like to impact LGBTQ youth in Erie?
Persad would like to invite you to be a part of our mission!
Starting on February 4th from 6 - 8 pm we will begin having an LGBTQ Youth and Allies Leadership drop in night at Community United Church (1011 W. 38th St Erie, Pa 16508). During this time you will have the opportunity to meet new folks, discuss LGBTQ issues, learn and apply leadership skills, and create a youth leadership project for the community. This is a great opportunity for resume building, gaining leadership experience, and helping out our community.
Come hang out with Persad and your peers—bring your friends and allies! Pizza and snacks will be provided.
Community change begins with you. We hope you will join us on our mission!
Who: Erie youth and young adults ages 14-24 yrs.
When: February 4, 2013, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Community United Church- Multipurpose Room. 1011 W. 38th St, Erie, Pa 16508
To find out more about the Persad Center, visit www.persadcenter.org
I’m not a group-type person at the best of times, but signal boosting for a local-to-me LGBTQ group for those who may be interested!
Well, I didn’t vote him. I suppose that I can find comfort in that.
State Rep. Greg Lucas wants teachers in the Erie region and across Pennsylvania to be carrying guns in their classrooms.
The 52-year-old Edinboro Republican, sworn in to his first term representing the 5th District on Tuesday, is sponsoring legislation that would make it legal for school administrators and teachers to carry weapons in the state’s public schools.
Lucas said the legislation — which he’d like to have passed by state lawmakers in June — would make students and school employees safer.
“What happened in Newtown was tragic,” Lucas said Friday, referring to the Dec. 14 shooting massacre inside a Connecticut elementary school.
“Things like that didn’t happen 30 years ago, 40 years ago,” Lucas added from his Edinboro office. “Forty years ago, people messed up went into the woods and shot themselves in the head. Now they’re going into schools and want to take 30 innocent people down with them.”
Lucas said he is one of about eight co-sponsors of the legislation. “We’re still working on the specifics of it,” he added. “By the end of the month, we should have a bill number on it.”
Lucas said the legislation would require teachers and administrators to be licensed to carry a firearm, complete training similar to a police officer, and have valid state certification to own a gun.
“Teachers have a right to protect themselves and their students. Right now they’re sitting ducks,” Lucas said. “Somewhere down the line, you have to say enough is enough.”
“I’m sure the anti-gun people screaming for more gun control are going to freak out,” Lucas said about the bill he’s sponsoring.
Lucas said he’s been a gun owner “all my life” and has worked as an instructor for the National Rifle Association for 15 years.
The NRA endorsed Lucas when he ran for office in November.
I was inclined to go on a rant here, but frankly, I’m too stunned by the absurdity of the nonsense he was spewing (and his impossibly ignorant NRA-blinder defense of “this didn’t happen back in my day!”).
If you want to explain why this is a terrible, awful, no-go, very bad idea, here is his email: firstname.lastname@example.org and here is his office’s number (814-734-2793).
The fucked-up shit that happens in my state, everyone.
Granted I like having children be protected, but requiring that a teacher have a license and gun training on top of every other hoop they have to jump through throughout their education, is just ridiculous. Though I could definitely see it as being a perk for the teacher if they had those things (higher pay, for example).
And really, what kind of moron pulls the ‘That didn’t happen in my day’ reasoning? The only thing that happened in your day was that people were using that same excuse then, too.
Also disgusted that he further sullies my University, which is already a corrupt place, with his presence…
(yes I’m pissed enough to talk about my area. tells you something, eh?)