Mom and pop grocery stores are a dying breed in today’s market, disappearing from neighborhoods while supermarket titans take their place. But a tech startup in San Diego has a plan to save them from extinction. And the founder might have the chops to pull it off.Led by a butcher’s son (and backed by a billionaire), tech startup Mercato makes software that helps independent grocers do high-tech things — like offering their customers online ordering and grocery delivery — without having to do the work. The company was founded in 2015 by Bobby Brannigan, a 40-year-old New Yorker who’s had an impressive run as a startup investor and tech entrepreneur. Brannigan just moved his company — and his whole executive team — from the East Coast to San Diego, setting up a new headquarters in Little Italy in October. In a matter of months, the startup has grown to employ 26 people, occupying the ground floor of coworking space Downtown Works. Brannigan has … [Read more...] about Mom and pop grocery stores are dying off in San Diego. Can this tech entrepreneur save them?
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Michael Levenson and Travis Andersen Globe Staff March 18, 2019 A California woman appeared in federal court in Boston Monday to face allegations that she and her husband paid more than $600,000 — including $250,000 in Facebook stock — to help their daughters gain admission to UCLA and the University of Southern California with fake sports credentials and test scores.Davina Isackson, 55, and, Bruce Isackson, 61, are among dozens of wealthy parents alleged to have paid William “Rick” Singer huge sums as part of a nationwide scheme to funnel bribes to corrupt coaches and officials at selective colleges.The Isacksons, both of Hillsborough, Calif., are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud. Each faces 20 years in federal prison, if convicted. Advertisement Standing before Judge … [Read more...] about Calif. mom and dad allegedly used Facebook stock holdings to help pay bribe in college admission plot
Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 9, 2018 Only five people know the top-secret recipe to Michigan-made Jar Head Salsa. "It's kept in Grand Blanc, Michigan, and guarded by a Marine," said Tom Smith, 67, the COO of Jar Head. The Marine is David Smith, 48. He's Tom Smith's, son, business partner and creator of the salsa recipe. He came up with it about 20 years ago when he was cooking for some 3,000 U.S. Marines a day at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. "We went to visit him and he told us to try the salsa he created. It was wonderful," said Tom Smith. "We started bringing back coolers of his salsa." Those coolers turned into a company in 2009. Today, Jar Head Salsa, made in Davison, Michigan, is sold at 10 local farmers markets, three stores and Detroit's Eastern Market. It's on track to do $400,000 in sales this year, but the Smiths aren't in it only for the money. They give 10 percent of the net … [Read more...] about Ex-GM exec and Marine son’s salsa benefits veterans
By Keri Blakinger, Alyson Ward, and Allan Turner Updated 8:22 pm CST, Saturday, November 24, 2018 Poster for "The Trouble With Ray," a documentary focusing on Houston activist Ray Hill. Poster for "The Trouble With Ray," a documentary focusing on Houston activist Ray Hill. Photo: Courtesy Photo Photo: Courtesy Photo Image 1 of / 20 Caption Close Image 1 of 20 Poster for "The Trouble With Ray," a documentary focusing on Houston activist Ray Hill. Poster for "The Trouble With Ray," a documentary focusing on Houston activist Ray Hill. Photo: Courtesy Photo Ray Hill, a Houston icon and civil rights activist, dies at 78 1 / 20 Back to Gallery Ray Hill was in the cross hairs, and if the … [Read more...] about Ray Hill, a Houston icon and civil rights activist, dies at 78
Cruising is as popular as it has ever been, with 27.2 million people expected to set sail by the end of the year, according to a cruise industry trade organization. That’s an increase of nearly 10 million people since 2009, when 17.8 million passengers embarked. As the industry grows, cruise lines are finding new ways to appeal to passengers of all ages, with better technology, more exciting destinations and adventures, trendy entertainment (a floating escape room, anyone?), health-centric themes and more. “There’s a cruise for everyone, and there’s something on every cruise for everyone,” said Megan King, senior vice president, global strategic communications and research, at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). King and two other cruise experts weighed in on what’s trending now in the world of cruises. Cruises can make it easy to visit places that are otherwise challenging for travelers. Hard-to-reach places are big draws to cruising, … [Read more...] about Why cruise now? Ships add new adventurous destinations and trendy entertainment