A Tale of Two Cities… and One Mall

Half of the Valley Fair Mall is in Santa Clara, CA while the other half is in San Jose. Because San Jose has a minimum wage of $10.15 while Santa Clara’s is $8.00, the stores at the mall have a …

The Cupcake Bubble

Just like technology stocks in 2000 and housing in 2005, the cupcake bubble has burst. In 2004 or so, many of us started buying the most amazing cupcakes. 4 inches tall, topped with sprinkles or a coo…

Why Might Salsa Prices Soar?

During the 1970s we did not eat many limes, maybe less than 1/2 a pound each year, and most were from Florida. Now our consumption has tripled and the lime has gone global. Faced with cheap Mexican li…

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