Posts about 'Concord'

Is it possible to make money with a retail store in the age of Amazon?

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

This is a fascinating thought experiment: given that Amazon exists, how can you design a profitable local retail business?

The Concord Toy Shop is for sale.

This store has a lot of advantages. It’s in a great location, with a decent amount of foot traffic, an easy walk from downtown and right across from the train station. It is in a relatively wealthy suburb, with many families with children.

So, what are the JTBD for the parents coming in?

Are they trying to give their children a small treat? Are they looking for presents for their nieces and nephews? Are they trying to feel better about themselves by buying locally? Are they trying to give their teenagers a decent job for afterschool?

Are they trying to be better parents? There’s a lot of value to be created in helping parents feel like better parents.

Even more interesting: how could the combination of intelligent (yet simple) software and a local, beloved outlet uniquely fulfill those JTBD?

I’m intrigued.

Finally found a meat CSA

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

I was able to pick up many good habits during my time at Practically Green (now WeSpire). One of the ones that has stuck is being a member of a vegetable CSA, First Root Farm, here in Concord.

CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture, and it’s a great way to know that your vegetables are grown locally, minimize transportation cost, pollution and spoilage, and help keep dollars in your community.

For the past couple of years, I’ve been looking for a meat CSA, and I’ve finally found one: Walden Local Meat.

We got our first drop-off a week ago, and we made the lamb chops on Saturday and the roast chicken on Sunday. We have a couple of more meals to make, but it’s all thumbs-up so far.

I’m looking forward to some great roasts in the winter.

PostScript: It looks like First Root Farm is shutting down. That makes me very sad, though I understand the reasons behind the decision.

If anyone knows of a vegetable CSA around Concord, please let me know…

Blizzard 2013

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

We had a little over two feet of snow here in Concord during the great Blizzard of 2013. At least it happened at the beginning of the weekend.

Six hours of shoveling yesterday, in which I got almost the entire driveway done. Probably another six hours today to do the end of the driveway (where the plows dump all the snow from the busy street we’re on), the mailbox across the street so the mailman can get to it, my mother-in-law’s car, the path to the oil tank and the path to the front door. Oy.

At least I got a couple of good pictures out of it. Here’s what it looked like when I opened the garage door to get started.

Sadie and Lucy liked going out in the snow. Lucy made sure to enforce the “If I go out and play in the snow, then I get hot chocolate” rules.

With any luck, I’ll be done shoveling by dinnertime tonight, just in time to get ready to go to work tomorrow.

Vegetables for the summer…

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

I just sent out the check to First Root Farm, our CSA here in Concord. I’m looking forward to the fresh vegetables all summer! If you haven’t thought about a CSA before, you should check out Practically Green’s action on how to join a CSA.

I’m still trying to stay pretty green. If you haven’t seen it, you should check out my essay on how going green is not that hard from early last year.

Kickstarter in the real world

Friday, October 12th, 2012

So, this is really interesting. First Root Farm, our CSA here in Concord, is doing a Kickstarter project to buy a fancy new tractor.

This is the first time I’ve seen Kickstarter used in the world outside of media and technology products. Outstanding data point.

Here’s their Kickstarter video:

While lost in Walden Woods

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

While lost in Walden Woods this afternoon, I discovered a neat feature in the new Maps application in iOS6. If you keep pressing the button in the lower left, it will turn on a view where it will show you your field of vision overlaying the map.


Map view of Walden Woods

I am obviously quite the woodsman. I made it out of a couple-acre forest with only my wits. And a GPS-enabled phone with a compass built in. And pluck — don’t forget pluck.

Construction fractals

Friday, July 6th, 2012

As my own construction project starts later and is projected to cost more than expected, the new high school for Concord-Carlisle is in a bit of trouble with the Commonwealth. Oops.

Lucy the bug scientist

Monday, June 11th, 2012

We live across the street from Walden Woods here in Concord, and we take family walks through them every couple of weeks or so.

Yesterday, Lucy was fascinated by the types of bugs one finds under a leaf. She may have found her calling as a entomologist.

Little girl with bug