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Yep, this contest is just that cool

Yards Brewing is looking for a new tap handle design, and NextFab Studio is a coworking home for industrial designers. It’s a match made in heaven — all it’s missing is you! If you have an idea for a new draft pull for Philly’s iconic brewery and are handy with a tool or two, enter the Tap Handle Throwdown.

Part of October’s DesignPhiladelphia Festival, the contest will collect actual working prototypes of new tap handles for Yards. To participate, register here and then spend some time at the NextFab space on Washington Avenue in Graduate Hospital. The studio is equipped with the latest in extrusion, modeling, engraving, cutting and 3-D printing systems, so you’ll be able to translate the vision in your head into something concrete. Turn over your prototype by Aug. 27, to be eligible to win. The collected entries will be tested out in the field, at events hosted by Yards throughout September. On Oct. 17, there’s a gala finale event where the public will vote for the best tap. If you win, you’ll get a $200 gift card from Yards (*this qualifies as a fortune in our book), a $150 afternoon of eating and drinking at the Yards Tasting Room on Delaware Avenue, a six-month membership to NextFab Studio, and a complete outfit of Yards apparel.

Check out all the details and specifications here, and may the best tap designer win.

— Drink Philly


Our original brew is deep amber-colored American ale featuring a rich malty body. Gaelic is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness, making it a clear winner with a broad range of food pairings.

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Naturally hazy, with vibrant and juicy notes of citrus, pineapple, and apricot.

This imperial IPA features citrus and blueberry hop flavors with a touch of fresh mountain pine.

Sit back and relax or grab your pack and go - this IPA is up for anything. Lively and light-bodied, Daycation celebrates stone fruit and herbal notes and layers of bright citrus. Balanced by a varied malt profile with enough bitterness to satisfy hop enthusiasts, this beer is crafted to bring you back for more.

A finely nuanced pilsner featuring German Hallertau Blanc hops and three other Hallertau region varietals. Saphir, Perle, and Hersbrucker hops add notes of stone fruit, pepper, and lush grass to the German pilsner malt body. Cold fermented with lager yeast for a crisp, dry finish.

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Our History/Our Commitment

Boondocks Brewing was founded in 2012 with a mission to provide a fresh, unique and engaging destination for residents as well as visitors to Ashe County. We are a locally owned and employee run small business that is Dedicated to Excellence and Committed to our Community. We are Ashe County's first commercially licensed Craft Beer Brewery.

With 2 locations in downtown West Jefferson, Boondocks Brewing offers full service dining, one of the State's best Craft Beer selections, off-site catering, customized special events, private parties and brewery tours. Boondocks Brewing is where the locals go and is a must stop destination for visitors to the High Country.

Boondocks Brewing's Tap Room & Restaurant located at 108 S Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson, NC is our main Restaurant location with the High Country's best Craft Beer selection and a hearty and diverse menu with both inside and covered outside full service dining areas. We are pet friendly and have a casual Beer Garden where our guests can hang out and enjoy the great weather and fresh Mountain air.

Boondocks Brewing's Brew Haus located at 302 S Jefferson Ave, West Jefferson, NC is the home of our Brewing operations. We invite you into our cool Brew Pub/Tap Room environment and offer a quick service menu. The Brew Haus is also the home of Ashe County's first roof-top deck (the Sky Deck) where you can take your drinks and food and enjoy a 360 degree view of downtown West Jefferson.

Boondocks @ Mountain Aire Golf Club located at 1396 Fairway Ridge Dr, West Jefferson, NC provides Breakfast and Lunch treats for Golfers and area Residents.

In addition to our "Brick and Mortar" locations we also offer offsite catering from casual to formal. We also have our 18' Mobile Craft Kitchen and our Mobile Beer Bar that we can utilize to help make your event even more special. There is always something going on at Boondocks Brewing.

We are a pet friendly and family safe business that is Veteran owned and operated. We provide much more that just food and drink, we provide an Experience, The Boondocks Experience - just ask any local.


Best for Cocktail Lovers: iSi Soda Siphon

“My favorite piece of soda equipment has to be the iSi Soda Siphon,” says Matthias Merges, a bartender at Charlotte, N.C.'s The Spindle Bar, and Billy Sunday. “The unit is compact and easy-to-use, with a great end result in your glass. I love to use this from everything from soda and lime to more complex cocktail recipes—it never fails. Plus, the cartridges are convenient. If I’m making cocktails for friends, this siphon keeps everything manageable.”

Outside of Matthias’ verdict, we also love that the unit provides carbonation without batteries or electricity. But compared to other carbonation options, this unit does require many steps (including freezing the machine) to carbonate a beverage. If that’s fine with you, this is easily one of the best carbonation machines available—perfect for the serious cocktailer.


Visit The Tap Room

Monday – Friday
4 pm – 6 pm
$1 off 12 oz. & 16 oz. drafts!

Saturday & Sunday
Hair of the Dog
12 pm – 2 pm
$1 off 12 oz. & 16 oz. drafts!

ALL customers must bring their IDs.

If you’re a visibly intoxicated person, it is against the law for us to serve you alcohol. Sorry, but those are the rules…

People under 21 are welcome in and outside The Tap Room but if you are underage and seen drinking, you and your party will be asked to leave immediately.

Party Buses: Please call ahead to let us know you’re coming so we can be sure we can accommodate you!

When visiting The Tap Room, please leave your firearms in the car. Thanks!


Company Overview

Wegmans is a regional supermarket chain with 105 stores: 48 in New York, 18 in Pennsylvania, 9 in New Jersey, 13 in Virginia, 8 in Maryland, 6 in Massachusetts, and three in North Carolina. It is one of the largest private companies in the U.S.:

Wegmans is a family-owned company, founded in 1916, headquartered in Rochester, NY. Danny Wegman is chairman Colleen Wegman, his daughter, is president and CEO. Danny’s daughter Nicole Wegman is senior vice president of Wegmans Brand. Robert Wegman, Danny’s father, was chairman until his death in April 2006.

Our Founders

Brothers Walter and John Wegman (Robert Wegman’s father and uncle) learned the food business by working in their parents’ store in Rochester. John peddled fresh produce from a pushcart, and in 1916, he opened the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company, which marks the beginning of Wegmans Food Markets. Walter joined him a year later. Robert Wegman assumed leadership of the company in 1950, guiding it until his death in 2006.

Distinctions

  • Ranked #1 in the 2019 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient® study of the � most-visible companies.’
  • Ranked #3 on FORTUNE magazine’s 2020 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Wegmans has been on the list every year since it began in 1998, and in 2005, ranked #1.
  • Dubbed America’s Favorite Supermarket in 2018 based on a consumer study by Market Force Information.
  • Wegmans raises the bar on the shopping experience: the best quality a spectacular abundance of choice restaurant-quality prepared foods beautiful stores and displays and a nearly telepathic level of customer service.
  • In 2019, more than 7,500 people contacted Wegmans asking for a store in their community. Thousands more wrote to say how much they like shopping at Wegmans, appreciate the way Wegmans employees treat them, or how much they appreciate the products and services offered.
  • Consistent low prices on the items families buy every week. Wegmans also offers the choice of Family Pack size on products throughout the store to save time and money—30% or more compared to regular size.
  • Exceptional levels of charitable donations focused on programs that reduce hunger help young people succeed promote healthy eating and activity strengthen neighborhoods and support United Way initiatives. Last year, Wegmans donated about 18.6 million pounds of food to local food banks and programs that feed the hungry.
  • Strong employee benefit programs, including an employee scholarship program that provides $5 million in tuition assistance to employees each year. Wegmans has awarded $125 million in scholarships to more than 40,000 employees since this program began in 1984.

Our Stores

Offer more choice: 50,000 to 70,000 products (in the largest stores), compared to an average of just over 40,000 (according to the Food Marketing Institute) in most supermarkets. More than 4,000 organic products throughout the store.

Are larger than most supermarkets: (We need room for all that stuff!) Stores run 75,000 to 140,000 square feet in size, with spacious aisles.

Look and feel like a European open-air market: Dazzling displays of fresh produce, artisan breads, and other baked goods hot from the oven several times a day. Meat, fresh-caught seafood, deli products and imported cheeses, international foods, plus all the grocery, dairy, frozen, and household items usually found in a supermarket.

Customers will also find:

  • A Market Café—offering take-out or in-store dining, with seating for 100 to upwards of 300
  • Restaurant-quality entrees, soups, appetizers, gourmet sandwiches and side dishes
  • Sushi made fresh daily, in a variety of vegetable, cooked, and raw made-to-order selections
  • Old-fashioned Sub Shop offering hot and cold subs/wraps, party trays, and cookies
  • The Buzz Coffee Shop with specialty coffee, tea, and breakfast sandwiches
  • Organic Salad Bar, Veggie Bar, Homestyle Bar, and Asian Bar
  • Pizza Shop featuring thin-crust pizza, calzones and chicken wings
  • Bakery—European breads and rolls, water-boiled bagels, muffins, pies, cakes, and pastries
    Nature’s Marketplace—natural and organic foods, supplements, premium teas, and foods for special dietary needs, including gluten-free
  • Pharmacy, offering home delivery, automated refills, and even pet medications
  • Housewares and seasonal merchandise—everything to entertain, prepare, serve, and celebrate food
  • Floral Shop, greeting cards, and gifts
  • Health and beauty care products cosmetics bath and body

Who We Are

Our Values

We care about the well-being and success of every person.

High standards are a way of life. We pursue excellence in everything we do.

We make a difference in every community we serve.

We respect and listen to our people.

We empower our people to make decisions that improve their work and benefit our customers and our company.

What We Believe

At Wegmans, we believe that good people, working toward a common goal, can accomplish anything they set out to do.

In this spirit, we set our goal to be the very best at serving the needs of our customers. Every action we take should be made with this in mind.

We also believe that we can achieve our goal only if we fulfill the needs of our own people.

To our CUSTOMERS and our PEOPLE we pledge continuous improvement, and we make the commitment: Every day you get our best.

Our History

Our roots go back to 1916, and we’ve hit many, many milestones that have gained attention in the supermarket industry since then. Here’s more about the journey that took Wegmans from its beginnings to today.

Select the decades below to expand and view our history.

Origins of Wegmans

1915

Walter E. Wegman is employed in his parents’ Fernwood Avenue grocery store. His brother, John B., peddles fresh produce to Rochester, NY housewives from a pushcart.

1916

Brothers Walter and John Wegman (Robert Wegman’s father and uncle) learn the food business by working in their mom and dad’s grocery store in Rochester. Walter works in the store while John peddles fresh produce from a pushcart. In 1916, John opens the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company, which marks the beginning of Wegmans Food Markets. Walter joins him a year later.

1921

John and Walter Wegman purchase the Seel Grocery Co. and expand operations to include general groceries and bakery operations.

1930s

1930

The two brothers make national headlines when they open a 20,000 square foot store—gigantic by standards of the day—with eye-popping innovations like a cafeteria that seats 300.

1931

Wegmans stores are incorporated, and feature meats, produce, groceries, dairy products, and baked goods.

1932

Wegmans introduces two Rochester firsts: refrigerated display windows and vaporized water sprays to keep produce fresh.

1934

Wegmans runs a catering service and cooking school out of its East Main Street store. Wegmans Food Institute offers shoppers tips on food preparation and nutrition in a weekly menu bulletin.

1937

1940s

1940

Frozen (then known as “frosted”) foods first appear at Wegmans.

1941

Wegmans’ first suburban store and the first store located within a plaza opens at 1910 Monroe Avenue in the Twelve Corners Shopping Center, becoming the ninth store in the chain. The store has circular checkout counters (registers are at both ends of the store: three in front, two in back). Produce in processed in the basement and sent up to the selling floor by elevator. (The store closes in 1965)

1949

Robert Wegman converts Wegmans stores to self-service format.

1950s

1950

When Robert Wegman’s uncle died, Robert became president of the entire company at the age of 31. When he took the helm, Robert Wegman decided his goal was to build the finest supermarket chain in the land–even if that meant Wegmans wouldn’t be the fastest-growing company. One of the first things he did was to raise all salaries. He believed that if a company wants its employees to care about customers, then the company has to care about the employees’ needs.

Wegmans shoppers, who receive play money with their purchases, bid for merchandise in a television studio auction on Wegmans’ hour long TV show, “Dollar Derby.”

1953

Wegmans announces a broad program of employee benefits for their more than 350 full-time employees.

Northgate Plaza, first envisioned by Robert Wegman who bought the land and sold it to the plaza developer, opens in September with Rochester’s largest supermarket to date a 16,500 square foot Wegmans store. Features of store include ledge rock and redwood exterior trim, a refrigerated Produce Department, a Kiddie Corner where parents may leave their children while they shop, and a conveyor belt meat-packaging operation where customers may watch their meats being wrapped. (Closes in December 1983.)

1954

Wegmans announces an employee profit-sharing plan.

1955

A 15,000 square foot store opens in Eastway Plaza with the “atmosphere of a chic metro department store.” Features include special lighting techniques, a picture window through which customers can watch automatic meat packaging, cash registers that automatically calculate change, “electric eye” conveyor belts to reduce checkout time, magic-eye doors, and air conditioning.

1957

A store opens in March in Newark Plaza, Wayne County, the first shopping plaza and supermarket developed outside of Monroe County by Wegmans Enterprises. It is the eleventh and largest supermarket in Wegmans’ chain, and the largest supermarket in Newark. The $2 million shopping center on a 35-acre site serves a 12-town area with a population of 70,000. Features of the 25,000 square foot store include Kiddie Corner, “electric eye” checkout desks and “magic carpet” self-opening doors.

1959

The “largest and most elaborate supermarket for miles around” opens in May at 2833 Ridge Rd. West, Greece, in Ridgemont Plaza. The imposing building with laminated arch construction is called the “new look in supermarkets.” The third and largest development of Wegmans Enterprises, Inc., serves a trading area of 60,000 families, 38,000 of which live fewer than 15 minutes away. Features of the 26,000 square foot store include a “home center” with a wide variety of household equipment and apparel, a large gourmet section with such items as preserved octopus, hearts of palm and candied cauliflower, a total of 5,800 food items, and use of incandescent bulbs with fluorescent tubes to create the effect of daylight (one of the first such installations in the country).

Wegmans purchases its first truck trailer and displays its sunburst logo for the first time.

1960s

1961

Wegmans joins Staff Supermarket Associates to obtain their own “Staff” brand for private label products ranging from frozen food to sponges.

1962

A store at the corner of Clinton Avenue South and Broad Street in Midtown Plaza that blends “cracker barrel friendliness into ultra-modern market,” opens on almost the exact site of the earlier “showplace” store. Features of the 17,000 square foot store include the first service deli in a Rochester-area supermarket, a barbecue section where meat is cooked in full view of the customer, an extensive gourmet and specialty foods section, and pies baked on the premises.

1964

Danny Wegman joins the company.

1965

A store at 3195 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford, opens in December in a mini plaza adjoining Pittsford Plaza. The same size as Wegmans’ Ridgemont store, the new store takes advantage of improved design to increase the area allotted to customer shopping. An air curtain entrance, believed to be the first food store installation in the area, replaces conventional doors with a constant flow of heat directed downward to eliminate cold drafts. The total number of stores is still 22 because the Twelve Corners store closed several days before the new store opening. Features of this 26,000 square foot store include white marble facing, a 30-foot high arched ceiling, an 84-foot meat counter, and a carpeted bakery area where customers watch pies and doughnuts being made.

1967

Robert Wegman is elected President of the Super Market Institute, a worldwide food research and education association with more than 890 retail and wholesale food companies as members.

Wegmans starts a $2 million egg-producing operation northeast of Wolcott, NY, to ensure a quality egg product and quick service to the 24 supermarkets. The location of the 350-acre egg farm, halfway between Rochester and Syracuse, foreshadows Wegmans’ move into the Syracuse market. The first eggs produced there in 1968. (The Egg Farm is sold in 2007.)

1968

Wegmans opens its first Syracuse store at John Glenn Blvd. in Clay, NY.

1969

Robert Wegman becomes chairman of the company.

1970s

In the 1970s, Wegmans begins food bank donations.

1970

Operations begin at Wegmans’ own $3 million meat distribution center at the Brooks Ave. site in Rochester. The Meat Center, the first of its type, is another in a series of moves to enable Wegmans to gain firmer control of their food supplies.

Wegmans receives $100 Million Club Award, a plaque signifying that the supermarket company has topped $100 million in sales. A privately-owned firm that does not report profits, Wegmans previously had not reported sales.

1971

The Consumer Affairs department is created to act as the voice of the consumer inside the company, and to educate shoppers about nutrition, food safety, and other food issues.

Wegmans is the first supermarket chain in New York to offer 24-hour service in some of its stores. To meet added training demands, the company opens its own Checker Training School.

1972

The first Wegmans Pharmacy opens, at the Lyell Ave. store.

Wegmans begins the most extensive unit-pricing program in Upstate New York, and within a few months, “vigorous open dating of perishables” such as milk.

1973

The first Wegmans home center opens in March next to the Lyell Ave. superstore. The self-service center features merchandise for the home, including lumber, paneling, hardware, tools and paint. At the same time, hard goods are integrated into several Wegmans supermarkets. Such services as coin-operated copy centers and expanded flower departments are added to supermarkets.

1974

Wegmans’ first seafood department opens.

The Pittsford superstore, with a decorative, boutique-like atmosphere and a resident home economist, opens in October. This “Superstore II” format includes the first state-chartered commercial bank completely within a supermarket and becomes the first major food store in the area to accept BankAmericard for groceries. Other features of the 60,000 square foot store include a pharmacy, soft goods, fabrics, in-store bakery, flower shop, 4,000 item Old World cheese shop, and a Fisherman’s Wharf fresh seafood department.

Acquisition of Bilt Rite Chase Pitkin, Inc., a retailer of lumber, hardware, millwork, garden and landscape materials, and building supplies, adds customer assistance capability to the previously self-service, home center operation.

Wegmans East Rochester is one of the first stores in the country to use laser scanning to read UPCs printed on products. It is the first in New York State and third in North America to install this checkout system.

1976

Danny Wegman becomes the president of Wegmans.

Conversion to unwrapped produce begins in response to customers’ desires to select their own quality and quantity of fruits and vegetables. “Pick a little or pick a lot” departments replace pre-packaging practices in effect since 1955.

1977

Wegmans opens the first Buffalo, NY store on Dick Road.

1979

Wegmans develops a private-label buying program and introduces Wegmans Brand items chain wide.

A Super Natural Health Food Center opens May 21 in the Henrietta Wegmans superstore to offer a greater concentration of specialty or “natural” food items𔃁,500 in all. Decor features random pegged-oak floors, a rustic stained glass effect over display areas and an old-fashioned “metal” ceiling. The second Super Natural Health Food Center opens at Eastway in July.

1980s

1980

The Bakeshop installs a spiral glass freezer that enables Wegmans to freeze bread dough and roll dough and danish for use in in-store bakeries. Its capacity is 5,000 pounds per hour and temperature is -35° F.

1981

Robert Wegman is awarded the Sidney Rabb Award, the Food Marketing Institute’s highest membership honor. The award was named after Sidney Rabb, who was Chairman of the Board of Stop & Shop Companies of Boston. It is bestowed “in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the food marketing industry and to his community.”

1982

Installation of the world’s fastest egg-processing machine begins at the Egg Farm. The computerized Diamond 200 grader and packer pre-sorts, candles, weighs and packages the eggs. It both is cost and labor efficient. At the time of its installation, Wegmans’ Diamond 200 is the only production model in existence. (The Egg Farm is sold in 2007.)

1983

The Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program begins.

The company’s first Bulk Foods Department, offering 226 items, is introduced in the Dick Road store in Buffalo on May 4.

1986

The Wegmans Federal Credit Union begins daily operation on August 1. As a non-profit financial institution, it is committed to providing higher dividends on savings and lower-interest loan rates. The Wegmans Federal Credit Union was formed as an employee benefit to provide an alternative to traditional banks. Within its first six months of operation, it grows from a $5.00 credit union to one with over $1.5 million in assets.

1987

Wegmans, in partnership with the Rochester City School District, announces the establishment of the “Work Scholarship Connection.” The program is designed to provide academic assistance and part-time jobs at Wegmans for 14 and 15 year old city school students who need special motivation to complete high school. By providing positive role models and work experience, the program is intended to help these students understand the relationship between work and education. Wegmans also offers the promise of a college scholarship upon graduation to provide the incentive for these students to stay in school and perform at a higher level.

A floral warehouse and processing facility opens, allowing Wegmans to handle fresh and cut flowers for the stores on a more efficient and economical basis.

FORTUNE Magazine awards Wegmans best in customer service among national food retailers.

1988

A United Way Give-Away campaign starts in the stores and raises $1.6 million in its first year.

Wegmans Brand product standards begin to go beyond national brand quality.

1989

Nicole Wegman joins the company.

The company’s first Big Pack warehouse section is launched at our Corning store. These items foreshadow the Family Pack products customers know today, offering the best value throughout the store.

1990s

In the 1990s, Wegmans begins hiring executive chefs to create better ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook foods.

1990

Wegmans introduces Shoppers Club, an electronic discount program, as an alternative to coupon clipping. The program is introduced in the Corning store in March.

A pilot plastic bag recycling program is set up in February at the Ridge-Culver store. By June 1, all stores are participating.

Wegmans begins donating perishable foods in Rochester. Buffalo and Syracuse also have similar perishable donation programs, which started the previous year.

1991

Colleen Wegman joins the company.

The Strive for 5 program is launched in the produce department in May to encourage customers and employees to eat five cups of fruits and vegetables every day.

1992

The first Market Cafe opens at the Corning, NY store.

The Wegmans Food You Feel Good About program is launched in the bakery on February 2nd.

A new 105,000 square foot corporate office building opens in Rochester, NY on Wegmans Market St.

1993

Wegmans is included in the book, � Best Companies to Work For in America.” The selection was based on pay, benefits and job security.

In June, Robert and Peggy Wegman announce their gift of $1 million over three years to the Catholic Diocese of Rochester to run early-childhood education programs for 3- and 4-year olds.

The first Wegmans store outside of New York State opens in June in Erie, Pennsylvania.

1994

The company’s first Nature’s Marketplace department opens in October at the Marketplace store in Rochester, NY. Nature’s Marketplace offers natural and organic foods, supplements, herbal remedies, cleaning products, cosmetics, and loose-leaf teas. There are also foods for people with special dietary needs.

1995

Robert and Peggy Wegman announce a 10-year, $25 million gift to offer children in city neighborhoods the choice of attending one of six Catholic elementary schools in Rochester.

The Wegmans Italian Classics line of products is introduced–it’s the largest Wegmans brand product launch to date.

A W-Dollar program is introduced, enabling customers to add a cash value to their Shoppers Club card. (This program ends in 2015.)

1996

Wegmans’ first website airs, featuring more than 300 pages of information and services for customers online.

1997

Wegmans launches its Seafood HACCP program for food safety chain wide.

On April 1, 1997, Robert B. Wegman celebrates 60 years of service to the company.

A Wegmans mini “store” opens in The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester. A 3,500 square foot kid’s exhibit offers working checkout counters, kid-sized shopping carts, and loads of imitation food to buy or reshelf. It becomes the most popular exhibit in the museum.

“A new generation of superstores” opens in Pittsford Plaza. This store greatly influences future store designs. Eight-hundred employees are employed to “help our customers serve great-tasting food at home,” said Bill Congdon, store manager. There is even a Wegmans Menu Cooking School for customer classes and employee training.

Wegmans is named to FORTUNE Magazine’s first-ever list of the � Best Companies to Work For.” The list appears in the December 29, 1997 issue. Wegmans is ranked #16 and is highest among retailers.

1998

Wegmans becomes title sponsor of the Rochester LPGA event. The tournament is renamed the Wegmans Rochester International. (The company continues title sponsorship through 2014.)

1999

Danny Wegman is elected chairman of the Food Marketing Institute board. He serves as chairman for the next two years.

Wegmans Pittsford opens the company’s first French pastry shop called the Patisserie. The shop is 2,000 square feet and features 20 different French pastry items.

Wegmans opens its first New Jersey store with the grand opening of Wegmans Princeton. Princeton is the first “announcement-free” store. More than 40 phones and 50 pagers keep employees connected. There is also no weekly ad printed here.

Wegmans and the Buffalo Bills form a five-year marketing partnership.

2000s

2000

Wegmans’ weekly specials go online, with a feature that allows customers to build a shopping list by store layout.

2001

Wegmans Menu Magazine debuts.

2002

Wegmans receives the Golden Shopping Cart Award for Best Supermarket

Wegmans’ company positioning statement is enhanced to reflect the company’s goal of bringing customers consistent low prices. This new way of doing business affects all departments and all stores. Beginning in April, a campaign to introduce the new lower prices includes videos mailed to Wegmans shoppers and signage throughout the stores.

Robert Wegman announces a two-year, $10 million gift to Aquinas Institute. Half of the money is used for capital improvements the remaining half to provide tuition assistance to families in need.

Wegmans opens its first full-service restaurant, Tastings, at the Pittsford store. (Closes in 2009.)

2003

Wegmans Brand Organic products are introduced.

Danny Wegman is named one of the 󈬢 Power Players–People Whose Actions Drive the Food Industry” in the July issue of Supermarket News. The list includes retailers, wholesalers, mass merchants and manufacturers. In an article profiling Danny, Supermarket News states that he was chosen because he is “an innovator and advocate for bettering the industry through technology.”

Wegmans is awarded the prestigious Black Pearl award. This honor is given to “a company for its efforts in advancing food safety and quality through consumer programs, employee relations, educational activities and adherence to standards.”

Wegmans is named the “Most Family-Friendly Supermarket in America” according to Child magazine.

2004

Wegmans enters the Virginia market with the opening of Wegmans Dulles.

Wegmans also opens a Retail Service Center in Pottsville, PA. This new state-of-the-art distribution point outside of Rochester helps serve Wegmans’ market expansion in the Mid-Atlantic region and houses a 115,000 square foot fresh produce facility. A 300,000 square foot dry grocery center is added in 2005, and a 492,000 square foot refrigerated and frozen facility is added in 2012.

Robert Wegman is named to the Junior Achievement National Business Hall of Fame. Junior Achievement has been honoring the nation’s most distinguished businessmen and women for “their outstanding contributions to free enterprise and the promise of a better, stronger society” for nearly 30 years. Mr. Wegman is only the third Rochester-area business leader to receive this honor. George Eastman (Eastman Kodak) and Joseph C. Wilson (Xerox) received the award posthumously.

Wegmans is selected to receive a 2004 Innovation Award by the Great Place to Work Institute. Wegmans is being honored for credibility, which the institute attributes to the company’s “innovative communication practices.” Specific programs mentioned are full-time orientation, top management spending time in the stores, employee focus groups, Jack’s Idea Exchange, Meeting in a Box, and The Merchant newsletter.

2005

Wegmans is named the #1 company to work for by FORTUNE Magazine’s list of the � Best Companies to Work For.”

Robert Wegman donates $5 million to St. John Fisher College in Rochester for the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, which opens in fall 2006 for students looking to pursue a career in pharmacy.

Wegmans Hunt Valley becomes Wegmans’ 69th store and the first for the state of Maryland.

Wegmans announces the closing of the Chase-Pitkin Home and Garden Centers

Robert Wegman names Colleen president and Danny CEO.

2006

St. John Fisher College announces an $8 million gift from Robert Wegman to be used to fund the Wegmans School of Nursing.

Robert B. Wegman dies. Mr. Wegman was the son of Wegmans Food Markets co-founder Walter Wegman and was a pioneer of the one-stop shopping concept. Until his death, he was the Wegmans chairperson. In more than a half century under his leadership, the family grocery business grew into one of the largest private companies in the United States.

2007

The Wegmans Organic Farm in Canandaigua, NY has its first growing season. The 50-acre farm operates with the following mission statement: “Following our customers’ desire for fresh produce that is both organic and locally grown, we operate our organic farm to develop and share best practices with our customers and partner-growers. We continually work to grow the best-tasting varieties and extend growing seasons, making local farms more economically sustainable.”

Wegmans wins the 2007 Food Network Award for “SUPER Market – presented to the grocery chain that has changed the way we shop.”

Agreement is reached to sell the Wegmans Egg Farm to Kreher’s Farm Fresh Eggs, based in Clarence, NY. Kreher’s continues to produce eggs for Wegmans at the Wolcott farm. Kreher’s is a family-owned farm run today by the third generation of the Kreher family.

Robert Wegman is named to the inaugural Supermarket News Hall of Fame. “(Robert) Wegman created true differentiation with massive, one-stop-shopping supermarkets and an approach to employment that stands alone in the industry.”

Wegmans introduces the Half-Plate Healthy concept to employees. In 2010, it’s shared with customers.

2008

Wegmans announces the decision to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products, and introduces a smoking cessation program for employees. “We have come to this decision after thinking about the role smoking plays in people’s health. We certainly respect a person’s right to smoke, but we believe there are few of us who would introduce our children to smoking. The main reason we have come to this decision is that we truly care about each of you,” said Danny Wegman.

J.D. Power and Associates announces the results of its 2008 National Pharmacy Study, which ranks the Wegmans Pharmacy #1 in Customer Satisfaction among supermarket pharmacies in the northeast. The comprehensive study is based on interviews with more than 15,000 pharmacy consumers across the U.S. JDPA is a global marketing information firm that conducts independent and unbiased surveys of customer satisfaction.

Wegmans establishes the Organic Farm Partner Program.

2009

Wegmans’ Culinary Innovation Center opens to develop new products for customers.

Wegmans opens a new store in Collegeville, PA. It’s the first store to introduce a full-service restaurant inside the Market Café, called The Pub.

Next Door by Wegmans opens on Monroe Ave. across the street from the Pittsford store. The restaurant seats approximately 270, including the bar, lounge, and private rooms, with outdoor patio seating for 44. The crew from Tastings restaurant moves to Next Door. Features include a more spacious bar area, a roomier main dining room with an incredible menu, a sushi bar, four separate rooms for private parties and an expansive selection of beer, wine and specialty drinks.

2010s

2010

Rochester Business Journal (RBJ) readers select Danny Wegman as CEO of the decade. RBJ chose from a list of CEOs from companies based in Rochester or originally founded in Rochester with major operations there.

The first ripe cherry and grape tomatoes are picked on May 21 at Wegmans Organic Farm, just two months after the young tomato plants were put in the ground in March. The arrival of these “baby” tomatoes weeks earlier than their usual “due date” generated a lot of buzz at the farm as it continues its mission to extend the growing season in the northeast.

2011

Wegmans Menu Magazine celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Design, typography and layouts are tweaked for the special issue, giving the magazine a fun, fresh look. For the first time, the magazine features QR (Quick Response) codes for smart-phone users.

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announces the Robert B. Wegman Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Each year, the award recognizes “a food retailer or wholesaler who exercises entrepreneurial leadership in the design of retail strategies and imaginative merchandising.” In making the announcement, Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI, said “This award is named in honor of Robert B. Wegman, whose half century leadership of Wegmans Food Markets was marked by a creative retail savvy that grew the Wegman family grocery business into one of the largest privately-held companies in the United States.”

Wegmans opens its first New England store in Northborough, Massachusetts. The store is located approximately 36 miles west of Boston and five miles east of Worcester.

2012

The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation contributes $1 million to help fund an education and research center at the Rochester Institute of Technology, dedicated to the development and use of sustainable packaging. The Center is a testing ground for new ideas and solutions for students, researchers, faculty and corporate partners that are interested in sustainable packaging. It also educates the next generation of packaging professionals who are intent on bringing sustainable principles to manufacturers around the world.

2013

Wegmans opens new East Ave. store in Rochester, NY along with Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar.

The Wegmans Pharmacy begins home shipping and mail orders.

2014

Wegmans opens the Cheese Caves, a one-of-a-kind, high-tech building that mimics the environments of famed cheese caves in Europe, where many of the world’s most-prized cheeses are ripened to reach their richest flavor.

Wegmans is one of the first supermarkets in the country to accept Apple Pay mobile payments through iPhones.

2015

Wegmans is ranked number one for corporate reputation among the 100 most visible companies, according to the 16th annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient® (RQ) study.

The Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program reaches a major milestone. Since it began in 1984, more than 32,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $100 million.

Wegmans announces plans for a store at Admirals Row in Brooklyn NY, which becomes a trending topic on social media and garners a lot of attention.

J.D. Power and Associates 2015 U.S. Pharmacy Study ranks Wegmans Pharmacy “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Supermarket Pharmacies.” August 2015. Wegmans received the highest numerical score among supermarket pharmacies in the proprietary J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Pharmacy StudySM. Study based on 14,914 total responses, and measures 11 supermarket pharmacies. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed May-June 2015. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com

2017

Danny Wegman announced that his daughter, Colleen Wegman, has been named president and CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., and he will assume the title of chairman.

Awards

Wegmans has won dozens of awards and distinctions for making the shopping experience better, and for treating customers, employees, and communities in an exemplary manner.

Here are the highlights:

Excellence as an Employer

Dale Carnegie Training gives Wegmans the Dale Carnegie Leadership Award, ‘for its exceptional customer service, development of their people (and) demonstrated dedication to the philosophy and core values (Wegmans) was founded on.’ September 2010

National Down Syndrome Congress gives Wegmans 2012 Employer Award ‘for employing individuals with Down syndrome and providing the necessary supports to ensure positive outcomes.’ July 2012

The National Council on Aging presents Wegmans with its Distinguished Achievement Award for employing senior adults. June 2014

ATHENA International honors Wegmans with the National ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award. The award is presented to organizations that demonstrate professional excellence, give back to the community, and assist women in realizing their full leadership potential. November 2019

Ranked #1 since 2015 on FORTUNEmagazine’s list of the 15 Best Workplaces in Retail.

Wegmans is on Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Best Employers from 2015 through 2020.

FORTUNEnames Wegmans to the magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, every year starting in 1998 through 2020. The company ranked 1 st in 2005 and ranked #3 in 2020.

Excellence in Community Service

School Administrators Association of New York State presents Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. and the Wegman family with its 2011 Friend of Education Award, given to ‘an individual, group, or organization that has consistently contributed to the support and advancement of outstanding public education and the students of New York State.’ April 2011

The Morrie Silver Award is presented to Colleen Wegman at the Rochester Press Radio Club Dinner, an honor bestowed each year on “a person who has shown an exemplary interest in bettering the community through their efforts in the area of sports.” The award recognizes her longstanding support for the Wegmans LPGA Championship. June 2013

Named to PEOPLE magazine’s list of 50 Companies That Care from 2017 through 2020. The list highlights “US companies that have succeeded in business while also demonstrating outstanding respect, care and concern for their employees, their communities and the environment.”

Ranked #1 on The Harris Poll 2018 Societal Return on Investment Index, which measures a company’s corporate reputation for social good. November 2018

Excellence as a Retailer

Danny Wegman is named by Supermarket News to its list of 50 Power Players, the most influential people in food retailing. 2003 through 2014

BusinessWeek magazine includes Wegmans in its list of 25 Customer Service Superstars. The list includes standouts from a wide range of industries, including luxury hotels, restaurants, banks, and automotive companies. February 2010

Named to Ethisphere Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012

The University of Rochester awards Danny Wegman the George Eastman Medal, which recognizes achievement and dedicated service. May 2010

Danny Wegman is given the inaugural Robert B. Wegman Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership by the Food Marketing Institute. The award will annually celebrate the food retailer or wholesaler responsible for creating exceptional retail innovations. January 2012

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) presents Danny Wegman with its highest honor, the 2013 Hall of Achievement award, given “to individuals who have had a strong and lasting impact on the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry.” January 2013

GS1, a global information standards organization, gives Danny Wegman its Lifetime Achievement Award “for outstanding contributions to the advancement and adoption of GS1 Standards, the most broadly used supply chain standards globally.” May 2013

The Boston Consulting Group names Wegmans to its 2013 list of Most Recommended Brands, “in recognition of the company’s superior ability to attract word-of-mouth recommendation.” December 2013

The 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, which measures brand equity, names Wegmans Northeast Brand of the Year in the Grocery Store Category. July 2014

American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) release study ranking customer satisfaction at retailers across six channels. Wegmans ranked highest among supermarkets and received the highest score across all retail channels. February 2016

A survey of more than 12,000 consumers nationwide conducted by Market Force Information ranks Wegmans #1 – America’s Favorite Supermarket. June 2018

Glassdoor includes Colleen Wegman on its Best CEOs List. 2018 and 2019

Wegmans is ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation among the � most visible companies,’ nationwide according to the 2019 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study. February 2019


How Each Baseball Stadium Will Handle Fans to Start 2021

Every major league stadium will let in fans to start the season, but capacities vary, ranging from just over 1,000 to 40,300.

Baseball is doing its best to get things back to normal, restoring the 162-game season and starting the year with fans in the stands of every stadium.

Some policies set by Major League Baseball are locked in at every park, like fans being required to wear masks, but the policies diverge based on the rules in the city or state where the game is being played. Nothing, however, is set in stone, as the rules could be tightened or relaxed based on how things are going in terms of coronavirus infections.

Anthony S. Fauci, the United States government’s top infectious disease expert, said in a recent interview with “Face the Nation” that he expected the restrictions to lessen as the season progressed.

“I would expect that as we get through the summer — late spring, early summer — there’s going to be a relaxation where you’re going to have more and more people allowed into baseball parks, very likely separated with seating, very likely continue to wear masks,” he said.


There is a pleasure in holding a periodical in your hands, feeling the tactile pleasure of paper passing between your fingers. You can find back issues of many of your favorite magazines including a wide range of subjects, topics, and genres of periodicals.

What are the subjects that periodicals cover?

You can find magazine back issues about nearly every subject you desire. From hobbies to history, from womens journals to mens magazines, from home and hobbies to sports, culture, and the arts, the topics are fantastically diverse. Here are some of the subjects available:

  • Automobile
  • Celebrity
  • Fashion
  • Mens Interest
  • Movies & TV
  • Music
  • Pulps
  • Womens Interest

Media is all about communication. Whether in photos or words, periodicals are written to entertain, enlighten, and engage you with new ideas and information. You can find back issues in an array of global languages. Some of these include the following:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

You can find magazine back issues that span a substantial amount of cultural history, events, fashion, technology, celebrities, and arts. Some years for which you can find magazine back issues include the following:

There are many fascinating magazines of cultural and historical import that you can still find. Some examples include the following:

  • 1894 SP antique Cosmopolitan Mag featuring short stories by Bram Stoker
  • 1852 Harpers New Monthly Magazine featuring Dickens Bleak House in serial
  • 1891 Figaro Illustre lot of 11 Art Nouveau magazines with graphics by French illustrators
  • 1871 Overland Monthly with two bound volumes covering a full year of issues

You can find magazine back issues that include erotica, pornography, and adult-oriented materials. From the raunchy, raw, and the rude, to the sublime, cerebral, and the artistic, there is a wonderful selection of reading and viewing materials to pique the interest and reward the perceptive viewer. Here you will find exciting articles, provocative essays, and exquisite photography. Adult magazines are playful, plentiful, and just plain fun. Here is a hint of some of the fine reading material on offer for mens magazine and erotic periodicals.


Conclusion

This was not actually a tutorial post to the woodworking plan ideas but the aim of the post was to give some easy and free woodworking ideas to the readers. If you have some time to entertain yourself and also willing to add some new stuff to your furniture you can take any idea from the list and start working on it. Be sure to see both post tutorial and video tutorials of the plan you have selected, it will make you understand everything nicely.

Feel free to tell us in the comment section about your experience if you have worked on any DIY plan and completed the project, and also do share the images of final products of your projects.


Design a Tap Handle for Yards, Get Fame, Fortune, and Beer - Recipes

Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day® was born from our members’ desire to take part in International Women’s Day (IWD) March 8th by raising the profile of women’s roles in the beer industry. Chapters and members of Pink Boots Society get together along with supporting breweries and individuals, put on their pink boots, and brew their chosen beer style. Pink Boots Society splits proceeds from sales of this collaboration brew with participating chapters. The revenue is applied to educational scholarships and programming for its members.

Soon after the inception we forged a partnership with Yakima Chief Hops (YCH) to make an exclusive Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day® hops blend available. Each year our members create a new blend during the hops rub at our annual fall GABF meeting. This year we shipped the hops to a variety of chapters to blend, vote and virtually select the 4th Annual Pink Boots hops blend for brew year 2021. YCH scales it up so it is available for purchase they also donate $3 from every pound sold to Pink Boots Society for education and programming. Watch the virtual hops blend selection here!

How Do I Participate and Register?

Find a group to brew with. Professional brewers (and other women in the beer biz) and homebrewers alike are welcome to participate. Plan an event or find other women in your area who are already participating. No need to wait for the annual International Women’s Day to brew with the Pink Boots hops blend. Experiment, promote, celebrate, and collaborate all year round.

Current map of participating breweries:

  1. Plan the day. Decide what style of beer you want to brew. You’ll also want to come up with a name and artwork. Download one of our handy brew day guides:

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2. Register your team online (below)

3. Order the 2021 Hop Blend from Yakima Chief Hops! Pre-sale for the 4th Annual Pink Boots Blend closed on December 15th.

4. Build your event. Let others know when and where and how they can join you! If you’re registered, you can use the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day® logo to get the word out. (Logos and images for use below under the FAQ)

5. BREW! and share your experience via social media. Post on your accounts and ours. Participants are encouraged to post photos of their Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day event on social media and blogs with relevant tags including #pinkbootsbrew #pinkbootsblend #pinkbootssociety #womeninbeer

We want to see your photos! Send us your high resolution images with the appropriate tags and context to [email protected]

6. Promote and share your Pink Boots beer. If you are a brewery you may choose to have a release party, just promote it onsite, or get it placed in retail accounts. We will have tap handle art and other materials, but you might want to design your own. Homebrewers and clubs can share their beer with others to raise awareness. In addition, please send emails to [email protected] to get your event posted on our calendar if you are not a member!

7. Donate the proceeds to Pink Boots Society:

8. Let’s do it again next year!

2021 Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day® Participation Form

What is the difference between the Collaboration Brew Day® vs. brewing the beer with the Pink Boots Hop Blend?

By purchasing the 4th Annual Pink Boots Hop Blend from Yakima Chief Hops, your brewery (or homebrewer) is supporting Pink Boots Society, a 501(c)3, on a National level. Yakima Chief hops donates $3.00 per pound to Pink Boots to fund scholarships and offset admin fees. Any brewery or homebrewer with a YCH account can purchase the Hop Blend, just as they would any other hop. It is currently available on the spot market at YCH.

If you want to take it a step further, register online for a Collaboration Brew Day® and your brewery will appear on the Google map as a participant. A Collaboration Brew Day helps raise funds for specific local Chapters so they can offer educational opportunities on a regional their members. 50% of the donation you submit (which is up to your discretion) from your brewery’s Collaboration Brew Day® will go to the Chapter of your choice.

For example, you buy 22 lb of the Pink Boots Hop Blend. YCH will donate $66 to National. Then you register for a Collaboration Brew Day® on the Pink Boots website and plan to brew 10BBL of beer for your Collaboration Brew Day®. You have decided to donate $50 per keg of beer, which would be 20 kegs, for a total donation amount of $1000. $500 of that donation would go to the Chapter of your choice (say Arizona if you are brewing in Phoenix and have designated this as your Chapter of choice), and $500 would go to National. There is a small administration fee included.

Usually a Collaboration Brew Day® is organized around March 8 for International Women’s Day, however, given we are still in a pandemic, breweries may wish to push this off a little further in the year until larger groups can safely gather together (and hug) OR you can keep it small and brew with your own crew on International Women’s Day! Either way works!

I hope that answers the question. PLEASE reach out with any questions. Cheers, Ladies! Let’s get our favorite breweries to purchase the blend and/or sign up to brew.

How Much Should I Donate?

Suggested Donations vary based on ingredients donated, labor contributed, the size of brew and more. You may choose to donate 100% of the proceeds or $1.00 / $2.00 per pint produced. Last year, breweries and participants donated anywhere from $50 to $5000 each!

Flat Donations: Often Breweries prefer a suggested flat fee to remove any guess work or tracking later. Historically breweries who donate based upon a flat fee donate around $125 per anticipated bbl produced. This approximates the post-production calculations.

Per Pint Donations: Breweries may prefer to donate based upon post-production output. Historically breweries that calculate their donation on post-production output, donate $1 or $2 per pint. Per Pint (post production) calculated donations can be invoiced, however, the team will need to track the pints produced with the brewery and fill out the Collaboration Brew Day® Donation Form with total calculated donations and contact information.

What is the Pink Boots Beer Style / Recipe for 2021?

For the 2021 Collaboration Brew Day® brewers are encouraged to use the 4th Annual Pink Boots Blend – chosen via a virtual hop selection event involving women in beer from across the globe and produced by Yakima Chief Hops!

The hops will be available to purchase soon on the Yakima Chief Hops website. If you did not preorder, please work with your local YCH rep to place an order. YCH will generously donate $3 per pound directly back to Pink Boots Society. Any commercial brewery can create a #pinkbootsbrew by filling out the registration form and making a donation. All proceeds from this global event go to further our mission to assist, inspire, and encourage female fermented/alcoholic beverage industry professionals to advance their careers through education.

Is There An Official Brew Day?

To maximize participation, the official date for Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day® is March 8th, International Women’s Day. If participants want to brew on the weekend before International Women’s Day, that’s cool too! We understand that breweries have production schedules, and homebrew clubs and bottle shops might not be able to host on a weekday. Feel free to adjust your brew schedule accordingly – just do it the closest you can BEFORE March 8th!

Additionally, Pink Boots members and nonmembers find that there are opportunities throughout the year for collaboration brews within their chapters, regions, or scholarship cohort groups. We encourage collaboration anytime!

Who Benefits?

Profits from Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day® as well as events and fundraisers using the Pink Boots names and logos will be donated to the National Pink Boots Society, then split with Chapters in good standing to fund our scholarships and other educational initiatives

Where Do I Get the Logo and Other Promotional Materials?

The logo may be downloaded here:

Purchasing Pink Boots Blend does not give a brewery or individual the right to use the Pink Boots Society logo or Collaboration Brew Day® logo in any of their marketing or promotion. In order to have the right to use the Collaboration Brew Day® logo, a brewery must register for Collaboration Brew Day®. All registered breweries are listed on this map. Please follow all requirements in the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day® User Guide.

Are There Hashtags for This Event?

Participants are encouraged to post photos of their Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day® event on social media and blogs with relevant tags including #pinkbootsbrew, #pinkbootsblend, #pinkbootssociety, #PBSCollab #pinkboots2021 #yakimachiefhops #yakimachief

Thank you for the support you are giving to Pink Boots Society! Help us share that fact with the world!

Check out the previous collaboration videos below:



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