Come on get happy, Delaware


DougphotoFor some reason, the song from the Partridge Family sitcom with the words “Come on, get happy” has been running through my head after reading a piece from The Atlantic’s website  on joy  and tweeting.

Researchers in Vermont, crunched Twitter traffic data and determined that Delaware is the fourth saddest state in the union, with Maryland  No. 3, Mississippi second and Louisiana topping the list.

The happiest state was Hawaii, with its 85-degree days. But frozen Maine was second, followed by Nevada.

The rankings are fascinating, with researchers speculating that poverty may play a role. But that does not  explain the sadness rankings of Maryland and Delaware, two fairly wealthy states among the 50.

My pet theory, which has no scientific basis, is that many people who constantly tweet  are prone to griping about matters large and small. Also, three of the five least happy states (Georgia, Maryland and Delaware) have traffic problems in some areas.

Capriotti’s to Ogletown

One place that makes people happy is Capriotti’s. The sandwich shop,  known for its friendly service at many locations,  has been growing into a nationwide company.  After  being founded in Delaware and establishing another stronghold at its headquarters in  Las Vegas, the company is going nationwide.

With shops in many top locations, growth has slowed in Delaware.  But one key area has been untapped  and the company is adding   a shop at 4132 Ogletown-Stanton Road. The location is near Christiana Hospital and the Iron Hill Corporate Center in Ogletown, an area southeast of Newark.

Iron Hill will become soon be  home for Chase operations. It already houses a site for Barclays. Iron Hill was at one time the headquarters and hub for MBNA, now Bank of America.  With Iron Hill getting busier, Capriotti’s should get its share of the individual lunch and  party tray business so bring on those Bobbies.  For those new to the area, that’s the sub with turkey, cranberry and dressing that is always the first to go from the party tray.

Moving on

News Journal business  reporter Eric Ruth is headed to the Delaware Tourism Division. A prolific writer on  all sorts of business topics, he will be missed.

Rodney Jordan, one of the founders of the social media community in Delaware will be doing marketing work for Barry Schlecker, mastermind of the new WilmFilm film festival, the Rockwood Ice Cream Festival and other events. He was with Armor Graphics, Newark. Jordan is tireless advocate for small business and smaller non-profit organizations.

Phil Hoge

Over the weekend,  I learned that  Phil Hoge,  a long-time leader in commercial real estate in northern Delaware,  has died.  Hoge was a vice president and  partner in Patterson-Woods Commercial Properties,  Greenville. My thoughts go out to his family.

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