North Carolina residents are the latest to sing the praises of Wegmans. The Rochester-based grocer opened its first store in that state in Raleigh a few weeks ago, with four more in the works.
And the crowds were there. The 3,000 people who lined up for the opening the first day broke the previous record, when Wegmans drew 2,400 people to its new store in Northborough, Mass., in 2011, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Wegmans’ hometown newspaper.
So far, the only signs of Wegmans we see are the delivery trucks that travel regularly along the Thruway in the Capital Region without stopping. Meanwhile, the grocer is cultivating new fans down south.
Once it was sipping wine while you created art. Would-be artists flocked to these studios, grabbed easels and brushes, and let the wine enhance their skills. That sounded like fun.
We’re not sure what to think of the latest fad. Ax-throwing is popping up around the Capital Region and seems just a bit more hazardous. On Friday Albany officials welcomed Far Shot Recreation with a ribbon cutting at its location at 69 North Pearl St. Knife-throwing and archery also are offered.
There’s also the Lazy Axe on Central Avenue and Generation Axe Throwing on Fuller Road in Colonie, and probably several others as well.
Far Shot suggests people can try it out on a date, or to celebrate a divorce, or as a corporate team building exercise.
We’ll stick to painting.
Only one around
Stephen doesn’t seem like such an unusual name, so perhaps it’s a surprise that there’s only one Stephentown in the United States. At least that’s what the sign along Route 22 in eastern Rensselaer County proclaims.
We checked with Google, and it seems to be true, although we did come across a Steventown Mountain (different spelling) located in Danby, Tompkins County, and a Stevenstown located in Wisconsin.
While we’re at it, we’re guessing Rensselaer County can also tout the only Schaghticoke, and maybe the only Speigletown.
As far as uniqueness, the biggest advantage we can see is that your mail won’t be directed to the wrong Stephentown.
And that reminds us of an old movie scene in which someone was trying to send a package to Schenectady. But no one could spell it. The solution? “Send it to Troy.”