December 11, 2007

Two Strikes Against PVD

These two completely (AFAIK) unrelated stories that put Providence on Santa’s naughty list.

Providence In Top Half of Dangerously Drunk Cities

The ProJo blog is reporting that Men’s Health Magazine has judged Providence to be the 39th drunkest city in the nation. One statistic that contributed to that calculation was Providence’s place as having the 4th lowest number of drunk driving arrests.

They’re not saying that Providence is a haven for drunk folks. But they do appear to be writing it.

Providence Place Mall Inconveniences Me

Some of you may know that Maggie and I make a yearly pilgrimage to Natick, the purpose of which is to buy chocolates for my officemates. I have to take the day off and it’s a pain in the bottom to drive out there. But it gives me a chance to spend some time with Maggie, even though that time is nearly all spent in the car.

Why Natick? Because the candies I want to give my co-workers can only be bought at the Natick Mall and only during November and December. They’re See’s Chocolates. And they blow fru-fru Godiva out of the freaking water. My humble opinion.

One year, we found out that we could get them at the Providence Place Mall. This was an extremely happy discovery, because it meant we could get the chocolates and then actually relax a bit before having to get the girls off the school bus. We could do some shopping, have a decent lunch, etc.

That only lasted a year. The folks who sell the chocolates decided not to sell out of a kiosk in Providence ever again. Yesterday we found out the reason.

A little bird told us that their candy kiosk was broken into three times in one season (2 months). What’s worse, they claim that one of those times the break in was perpetrated by mall security. Not much you can do at that point, is there? Now they’ll never come back to Providence, and I can’t blame them.

Good job, Providence Place Mall security. You get an official “Bah, Humbug Asshat of the Week” for not only not properly protecting a business in one of your kiosks, but for corruption that has permanently driven away some of the best chocolate in the country.

It really sucks.

Posted by James at December 11, 2007 1:30 PM
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I'm not a See's fan myself, but they do seem to be popular. If you want to save the hassle next year, give me your order and I'll go to one of the many See's stores that we have here in San Diego and ship it to you. May cost a little more with shipping, but it may also be worth it.

Posted by: briwei at December 11, 2007 3:12 PM

If I could get a bunch of chocolate lovers together, I might be able to get them to ship for free next year.

Something to consider.

Posted by: James at December 11, 2007 3:17 PM

Please it's the Natick "Collection" now, not a mall (the differnece as far as I can tell is that people live there now, yes there are condos connected to the mall). You might want to make sure Sees is still going to be there. I think the stores have changed quite a bit.

As far as Sees vs. Godiva goes I can't say not having had Sees but the Godiva quality varies depending on how fresh it is. The Godiva I had over in Belgium was fanF$#&ingtastic, but even better was Neuhaus. If you can find that try it (the only place I know they have it is Cardullos in Harvard Square).

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at December 11, 2007 3:49 PM

I've never had chocolate I like as much as See's, but now I'm going to have to try Neuhaus. I do not mind having to try new chocolate. :-)

See's was there, Bob. It's just a kiosk that comes seasonally. And James will tell you that I couldn't get my bearings in the new "Collection" (that is the dumbest name I've ever heard for a mall, and what the heck is this new trend of having condos at a mall?). I was mildly freaked out and I think he couldn't believe that I couldn't figure it out, but I am very spatially challenged. I still don't believe it was the same mall -- I didn't recognize a single thing. The bathroom stalls in the new wing are almost as big as my kitchen. That was some wing. I wish I could afford a floor like that in my house. We especially enjoyed the birch "forest." And I was assaulted twice by high-pressure salespeople, once in Tommy Bahama's when I said I wanted to spend $20 on a stocking stuffer for my B.I.L., and the stupid woman is showing me $90 sweaters... the second time in some damn pink store with Hannah Montana merchandise near the front. The woman came at me with a "make-over" brochure, make-overs for 10-year-olds, mind you, and I couldn't scrape her off. Do I really look like somebody who would allow anyone to put make-up on my ten-year-old? Ugh. I bought my BIL a Tommy Bahamas tie on e-bay. I hope he doesn't lurk on James' blog. Take that, T.B. salesbeeyatch.

Posted by: Maggie at December 11, 2007 5:16 PM

Makeovers for ten-year-olds?? That's... just... ugh.

Count me in for the chocolate order next year, James. I did almost order some See's last year, but the shipping charges were way high compared to whoever I ended up ordering from. (Actually I think I went local that time, to Dorothy Cox, which is totally worth the drive to Fairhaven... if you live in New Bedford.)

Posted by: Julie at December 11, 2007 6:15 PM

Makeovers for ten-year-olds? That's... just... ew.

Posted by: Julie at December 11, 2007 6:16 PM

Wups. Sorry about the repeat. I thought the first one hadn't posted, and I was glad, because I just remembered that I CAN'T HAVE CHOCOLATE.

Posted by: Julie at December 11, 2007 6:17 PM

I haven't been since the "collection" opened. I still have trouble believing that people want to live in a freaking MALL. I try my best to never go to them and they LIVE there! Ugh. I think I'd rather be homeless.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at December 12, 2007 8:01 AM

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