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Five Specialty Shops For Small Business Saturday

A feature on five local stores that sell items for hobbies, reading and more.

Don’t forget about the little stores.

As holiday shopping goes into full swing with Black Friday, shoppers should remember that there are other ways to shop – local. And what better way to do it than to celebrate Small Business Saturday.

In the Tri-Cities there are a number of shops, specializing in different goods. From books to sneakers, check out these five small specialty shops to shop at:

  • 3902 Smith St., Union City; 510-952-9681
  • Have a friend or family member who’s into comics? This new small business offers thousands of comic books and figures. You can also buy, sell or trade in new and rare comics and collectibles.

  • 37300 Cedar Blvd., Newark; 510-792-8585
  • If you’re looking for a new project, come into this shop. Low Price Hobbies offers a wide array of products from radio-controlled toys to models you can build, whether you want to build a plane, boat or car.

  • 5857 Jarvis Ave., Newark; 510-792-4487
  • Feeling artsy? Want to make a sentimental gift this year? Test your scrapbooking stores and get your supplies at this scrapbook supply store. If you need help, inquire about the crafting classes that the shop also offers for children and adults.

  • 5678 Thornton Ave., Newark; 510-797-4100
  • Borders and Barnes and Nobles are gone but don’t fear. The Book End has been around for decades and they offer new and used books in every genre, including mystery, romance, science fiction and westerns.

  • 32160 Dyer St., Union City; 510-471-7387
  • Don’t forget the furry friends. This pet supply store carries toys, food, treats, leashes, beds and more for cats and dogs.
Albert Rubio November 26, 2011 at 08:01 AM
"Small Business Saturday" is often connected with the "shop local" doctrine. The idea is something like this: "Buy local. This supports the community. Everybody wins." People of course may spend as they wish, but IS THIS IDEA REALLY TRUE? To answer, one must consult Economics. Few people may be interested in the study of economics, but one thing is certain. A person who attempts to teach economic behavior without familiarizing himself with what economics has to say on the issue is intellectually irresponsible and an untrustworthy source of knowledge. The conclusion, in fact, is not difficult to adduce though I expect it to be unpopular with some. The advice is wrong and residents (or any other group) following such recommendations would find themselves losing, not winning, for having done so. There are many logical fallacies in the notion but two of them are contradictions against the concepts of "the division of labor" and of "comparative advantage" to name a few. The following links may help to make the point clear to the curious reader: The Buy-Locally-Owned Fallacy http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2008/Selicklocal.html Milton Friedman's Free to Choose (1980), episode 1 - Power of the Market http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH06M_nYWAw
Bud Daily November 26, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Happy Wellness & NBD Dispensary are Newark's two finest Specialty Shops. Where else can you buy the best marijuana,hashish,kief & a wonderful assortment of edibles ? While you're there you can pick up some seeds or clones to start a thriving garden of your own. Not a legal medicinal cannabis patient ? Sorry only those with a physician's recommendation can become collective members. Don't be left out of the fun see your doctor this morning & you can do your Christmas shopping this afternoon. As a legal cannabis patient you can join dozens of co-ops,smoke excellent buds & be free of harassment from law enforcement. For less than $100.00 becoming a legal cannabis patient is certainly a worthwhile investment. Make your loved ones happy this Christmas & pick up the tab for their doctor's recommendation. They'll tell you it's the best present you ever gave them. Please show your support for these wonderful businesses in spite of the cities repugnant effort to close them !!! Don't let Newark's self-righteous simpletons take the rights from us that the voters of the state of California gave us ! Smoke 'em if you got 'em !
Nadja Adolf November 26, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Selick misses another fallacy in the Buy Local campaign. The value added to the goods happened elsewhere, probably in China.
David Lee November 27, 2011 at 07:46 PM
The only winner this Black Friday, or Cyber Monday is China. Our corporations based here in the US have moved all operation and productiuon to China and other low, low paying contries. We were promised cheaper prices, but in fact the opposite has happened. Jeans (Levis) used to be under $10 a pair, try to find jeans that cheap now. The cheaper made goods have led to one thing, higher pay to the CEOs, and other board members. DEMAND USA made items at your Walmart and Target. If we as Americans demand in numbers, we get what we want, but if we continue to buy cheap chinese imports, we get that.
Albert Rubio November 27, 2011 at 11:09 PM
David, >The only winner ... is China Both parties of an exchange win, "Because with every voluntary exchange each party gives up a lower-valued good for a higher-valued good, every exchange is, by definition, mutually beneficial: a win-win situation." What Gives Rise to Society? http://mises.org/daily/5790 > We were promised cheaper prices, but in fact the opposite has happened. Jeans (Levis) used to be under $10 a pair, try to find jeans that cheap now. This is primarily a result of our governments policy of inflating the money supply (inflation). Yes it harms society but the parties have sold it to the public as a 'remedy' for economic woes. "Inflation is an increase in the quantity of money and credit. Its chief consequence is soaring prices. Therefore inflation—if we misuse the term to mean the rising prices themselves—is caused solely by printing more money. For this the government’s monetary policies are entirely responsible. The most frequent reason for printing more money is the existence of an unbalanced budget. Unbalanced budgets are caused by extravagant expenditures which the government is unwilling or unable to pay for by raising corresponding tax revenues." Inflation in one page - Henry Hazlitt http://www.thefreemanonline.org/columns/inflation-in-one-page/
David Lee November 28, 2011 at 01:28 AM
Albert- Levi's cost to produce then under $5.00, sold for $10-$12.00 a pair. Now they cost less than $2.00 to produce, shipping from china, and we buy for $40.00 or more a pair? Does not sound like inflation to me, but corporate greed. If these corporations kept production here in the US, more people would be working, more money flowing in the economy, more reliable products being sold, what else would we as Americans have if that were the case? Less unemployment, less people on welfare, etc.
Albert Rubio November 28, 2011 at 05:11 AM
David, First I highly recommend you read Economics In One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. It addresses many of the points you are making. Now, '$2 to produce' I'm curious where does that figure come from? Nonetheless, 'Corporate Greed' is never the answer. You may not be aware but this is a typical Marxist type of slander. It never explains but distorts the understanding of the market economy. Let's assume what you say is true, how then can a price of $40 be sustained if this truly represents VERY high profits? I bought other brand Jeans this weekend at $20. The greed of the next company would cause them to sell for say $36 since they would rather undercut and take the profit themselves. Can you see where this leads? The fact is that all market exchanges are voluntary. Greed cannot force you to buy any product especially where there is competition. All greed is in competition with everyone else's greed. the oversimplified 'greed' explanation fails to take this into account. > If these corporations kept production here in the US, more people would be working, But we would be considerably poorer as a society. Please read the book, it will explain this point over and over again in the clearest logic.
Albert Rubio December 05, 2011 at 12:10 AM
"Buy Local" Is Just a Scaled-Down Version of Protectionism.

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