Avoid Supermarket Surprise: Read Labels

Posted by Steve Leader on September 9, 2014
Fruit Cockatail

Photo courtesy: christykrobinson.blogspot.com

There was a time when shoppers could pretty much count on canned foods in the grocery aisle containing products grown in the U.S.A.

You may not have noticed how much things have changed.   Some Portland-area supermarkets are now selling store brand canned fruit cocktail, and store brand canned mushrooms,  whose labels read, “Product of China.”

Phil Lempert, also known as …

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It’s a Renters Nightmare in Portland

Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on September 5, 2014
Rent sign

PORTLAND — Many prospective renters are having problems finding a place to live.  Rent has nearly doubled in the last two years.  Worse than that, there are so many people looking and applications taken that it’s almost impossible to get into the rental pool.

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon says landlords can charge whatever the market will bear.  It’s not unusual to …

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Caution: Slower Growth Ahead

Posted by Steve Leader on August 27, 2014

Photo courtesy: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The  latest forecast on how much the U.S. economy will grow this year has been cut by about half.  The Congressional Budget Office has revised downward it’s GDP growth outlook,  from 3.1%  to 1.5%.

Robert Schroeder, with Marketwatch.com, says part of the reason for the lower projection is surprising weakness in the economy earlier this year.

According …

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Fred On Fred

Posted by Steve Leader on August 22, 2014
Fred Meyer Book Cover

Fred Leeson can talk about Fred G. Meyer all day.  Leeson, a Portland journalist and author, devoted 2 years to researching the life of Meyer, the late founder of the grocery chain.

Leeson lays it all out in his new book, “My-Te-Fine Merchant, Fred Meyer’s Retail Revolution.”   Hear our interview with Leeson:




California Idea May Come North

Posted by Steve Leader on August 20, 2014
fine dining

Photo courtesy: www.mercurynews.com

Some high end restaurants in San Francisco are having their customers pay in advance for  meals when they make their online reservations.

Bill Perry, with the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, says whether it happens here is a question of, “whether or not you can get away with it.”

According to Perry, certain types of restaurants might consider requiring pre-pay, …

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