Performance Recap: Melissa Etheridge at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater on April 29, 2010

There was laughter when the MCs jokingly introduced Justin Bieber at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater last night, but the theater roared with the applause of 200 die-hard fans when they really announced who was coming to the stage: Melissa Etheridge. Many had won tickets on the radio or through Melissa’s fan club; others had won on the P.C. Richard Theater website; and more won across our Facebook, Twitter, and blog pages. The theater is more like an intimate club: there is no seating and only about 20 rows of standing room. The artists are easily reachable. Many were impressed at just how close they got to their favorite singer.

Melissa performed 5 songs: No Souvenirs, Fearless Love, Stay With Me, The Wanting, and Like the Way I Do. Stay With Me was a cover of a song also covered by Bette Midler. “All last summer on my solo tour, I would do a solo song. I did all kinds of things, everything from songs I used to do when I was little, to songs I’d never sung, to songs I loved. I think the one song that most people really liked was this song,” she explained to the crowd. “It’s from a movie… well, no, it’s actually an old blues song. [sigh] I meant to get the name of the artist who did it, but I didn’t! I’m sure someone will look it up and tell me.” If you ever get a chance, tell Melissa that it was originally performed by Lorainne Ellison.

One of the audience members noticed a colorful illustration on Melissa’s wrist before her last song. A new tattoo? “You know what that was? That was one of those temporary tattoo things that had a butterfly on it [from my daughter],” she said, “But it’s tempting, but not there. Ow! That would hurt, right? I’m a wuss with tattoos. My first tattoo [pointing to her neck]… It took like two minutes. It was like, [high-pitched] ‘Okay, done!'”

Melissa is in New York to do a few promotions for her new album Fearless Love. “I did The View today,” she announced, and the audience started cheering. “It’ll be on tomorrow [today, 4/30], but that was fun.” One of the audience members told her she’d see her again tomorrow at her Good Morning America show. “That’s… early in the mornin’,” she laughed, “They want me to sing that early in the morning. Promotions I guess, they’re crazy time.”

She also talked about her recent performance on Dancing with the Stars (“They were like, ‘Do you like the show?’ and I’m like, ‘I’ve never seen the show!'”) and meeting Crystal from American Idol:

And when an audience member suggested she do a duet with Crystal? “That’d be fun.”

Melissa put on an excellent show and everyone in the audience had a great time. I was able to meet up with some of the social networking winners, too! One winner, Dominick, brought his mother for Mother’s Day. Here are some pictures I took of the winners:

Check out Melissa Etheridge singing Stay With Me:

You can check out photos of the event on our Facebook page. There are more great artists to come to the P.C. Richard & Son Theater. You can only win your way in to these exclusive events! To get in on the action, go to


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P.C. Richard & Son has the Best Mother’s Day Deals for Cameras & Camcorders

We’ve already discussed some great Mother’s Day gift ideas for less than $100, but now you can make your dollar go even further. You can save up to 50% off select cameras and camcorders at P.C. Richard just in time for Mother’s Day!

We have the best prices around, including the Coby SD Camcorder for 50% off at $29.94 with FREE shipping. This camcorder is perfect for capturing home movies. It captures files in AVI format, so they’re easily shareable to friends and family and they’ll be able to view them without special software. Mom can view her recorded videos on her TV with the included AV cable that’s easy to hook up. The camcorder can also be used as a web cam and comes with ArcSoft media impression software that allows you to edit your creations and upload them onto YouTube. It doesn’t get much easier for Mom to make great movies than with this Coby SD camcorder!

You’ll find the second lowest sale price for this item at Amazon for $44, so you can get this product for $15 cheaper and shipped free from us. If you’re thinking of getting your mother a camcorder, I recommend jumping on this offer now before they’re sold out.

We’re also offering a great deal on the Samsung Compact Full HD SD/DHC Camcorder, now 45% off at $98.88 with free shipping. This camcorder records in full High Definition quality that will amaze her. For the mom that’ll appreciate a digital camera more than a camcorder, check out the Olympus 10MP digital camera, which is 46% off at $68.97 and also includes free shipping. To view all of our great Mother’s Day camera/camcorder deals, check out our Facebook Offers & Deals page.

Tip: When you purchase a camcorder or camera, make sure to always check for how much built-in memory the product has and see if it’s expandable. We recommend that anything with a built-in memory of less than 2GB (especially anything with only a few MB) be coupled with a memory card so your mom can get the most out of her gift. A memory card can mean the difference between the ability to take a 30 second clip and a 10 minute masterpiece, so it’s an accessory she’ll really need!

Will you be getting Mom a camcorder? Let us know in the comments.


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Have Breakfast with the Cast of Glee at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater!

Brace yourselves, Glee fans- the Glee cast is coming to the P.C. Richard & Son Theater the morning of Friday, May 28! You and a small number of other lucky winners will get a chance to watch Glee episodes, listen to songs from the soundtrack and meet Lea Michele from Glee. You’ll also be able to watch the cast in an exclusive interview with Z100’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show where they’ll be taking YOUR questions! This would be a great start to a lengthy Memorial Day weekend.

This once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t find anywhere else. To attend this limited-invitation event, you’ll need to win tickets on the P.C. Richard & Son Theater website. Use the points you earn in our P.C. Richard & Son Theater Rewards program to enter to win your tickets. The more points you receive, the more chances you’ll have to win.

There are many ways to gain additional points for entries to win tickets to your favorite shows. Take a quick survey, check out a hot P.C. Richard & Son product, play some games, or refer friends to the site for easy points. You can also receive:

How much do you LOVE Glee? Let us know in the comments!


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Coby Folding Headphones are Awesome for the Office

As I’m writing this blog post at our corporate headquarters, I’m streaming Pandora radio and listening to it through blue Coby sound isolation headphones. I HAD to write about them, because they’re really great quality and only $19.99!

Before buying these headphones, I couldn’t listen to music as much as I wanted throughout the day with my Apple iPod earbuds because they got really uncomfortable in my ears after a while. I normally prefer earbuds over regular headphones because they tend to drown out more outside noise, but I thought that it was time to try out regular headphones anyway. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on headphones I’d only wear at the office and potentially not like wearing, so these inexpensive noise-canceling folding headphones really caught my eye. I was sold when I saw they also had an earbud combo, just in case I really didn’t end up liking big, regular headphones on my head.

Much to my surprise, the larger headphones are lightweight, really comfortable, and great at drowning out surrounding noise. Plus, they fit my tiny head, so I’m really happy with them. I find myself using the earbuds in place of my Apple iPod ones on the go, because their soft noise-canceling padding fits in my ear perfectly. I can comfortably wear both Coby pairs for a lot longer than I could my Apple headphones, so my headphone-buying mission was successful.

They’re also great for the office because both sets are really easy to fit in my desk drawer. The large headphones fold right up and the earbuds come with a really convenient case (with extra noise-cancelling pads!), so they don’t take up much room. And, most importantly, you’ll be blown away by the sound quality for $19.99 headphones ($9.99 each, considering there are two sets in the package). They’re obviously not for professional DJs, but they sound outstanding coming from an MP3 player or computer.

I bought these on a whim and I’m really glad I did. I bought the blue ones, but we also carry them in black, red and silver. You can get a pair to match every outfit!

What are your favorite headphones to use at the office? Let us know!


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Super Street Fighter IV Now Available!

Whether you’ve been playing Street Fighter games since the original 1987 arcade version or are just getting into the series, you need to check out Super Street Fighter IV. This title is available today for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and costs just $39.99! This is a must-have for Street Fighter and fighting game aficionados, especially if you enjoy online competition.

This version of Street Fighter comes with a roster of 35 characters, all of which are playable from the start. Yay to not having to unlock characters! Of these playable fighters, 25 are from the original Street Fighter IV games, 8 are from previous Street Fighter games, and 2 are brand new. Get to know Juri, the South Korean Tae kwon do fighter, and Hakan, the Turkish oil wrestler, as you master their Ultra Combos and fighting styles.

The most raved-about part of this game is the new online modes: Team Battle with up to 8 players, Replay Channel to view the best of the best fights from around the world, and Endless Battle, where the winner plays against a rotating group of up to 8 characters. Train hard, because a downloadable Tournament mode is scheduled to release on June 15! More downloadable characters may also be released as downloadable content.

If you haven’t hit our stores yet to check out this game, what are you waiting for? It’s raining out in the northeast and a great time to take out your frustration on scary blue dudes and hairy green monsters. Plus, when you order this title from or purchase it at our stores, you can earn 40 points in our Video Game Rewards Program! Who’s your favorite Street Fighter character?


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7 Great Mother’s Day Gifts for less than $100

Show your mother how much you appreciate her this year with a great gift from P.C. Richard & Son! We have some superb electronics for under $100 that your mom is sure to appreciate. If you’re looking for a fitting gift you know she’ll use, keep reading!

Mp3 Player
Mp3 players are the most convenient way for Mom to take her favorite music with her. Many also come with radio tuners, so if she gets bored of what she had on there (which would be difficult as many Mp3 players under $100 can have as much as 8GB of storage, or hold about 1,750 songs), she can still listen to something new. Plus, they come in great colors! You can check out all the MP3 players we have available here, but we highly recommend the Apple 2GB Pink iPod Shuffle or Lyra 8GB MP3 Player for Mom.

Bose Headphones
If your mom already has an MP3 player and uses it often, consider upgrading her headphones to get the most out of her music. People with portable music players are constantly listening to them on the go, so they should be equipped with comfortable headphones with the best sound quality possible. Enter the Bose TRIPORT ear buds. Ear buds help drown out surrounding noise and this model comes with removable silicone tips to provide an accurate, comfortable fit. The sound quality of Bose products can’t be beat, and Mom will really appreciate them.

Outdoor Speakers
Outdoor speakers are a particularly good gift if you’re planning on having an outdoor Mother’s Day party, as the Mom can use them right away. Hook them up to a stereo system or portable audio player and enjoy the sound quality. If it rains, don’t worry—outdoor speakers are made for bad weather, which makes them much better to use outside than regular speakers. You can choose between indoor/outdoor speakers that look like speakers themselves or like rocks to blend in with your mom’s outdoor landscape.

Point & Shoot Digital Camera
If Mom already has a point-and-shoot digital camera, think about what model it is. How old is it? Does the battery still hold a charge? Does it take quality pictures? It may be time to purchase a new one. You’ll see what a difference an increase in megapixels can make (especially if your mother tends to take pictures from 500 feet away from what they’re shooting—you can zoom in and crop the picture and still have a great photo). Like MP3 players, these cameras come in a variety of colors so you can choose her favorite.

Digital Photo Frame
So few photos are printed these days and are never enjoyed off the camera’s memory card, so why not change that? Relive memories with a digital frame that constantly changes with a new picture. Transferring photos to and from the frame is easy with a computer, or you can slide a memory card right in– just check to make sure the photo frame you select has a slot for the memory card type your mom uses. Many photo frames also play music and movies and come with built-in speakers, so any media taken by a digital camera will be supported. You can even pre-load the frame with pictures you already have and REALLY personalize the gift!

Universal Remote
These days many people have a remote for the TV, cable box, DVD player, Blu-Ray player, audio/surround sound system, and more. These universal remotes are easily condensed into one with a universal remote that allows you to execute the same functions as their originals. Mom’s days of searching through couch cushions for 27 different remotes are numbered! We especially recommend the Logitech Harmony 510, which was also previously covered on our blog.

Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
Alleviate the headache and sloppiness of wires with a wireless keyboard and mouse for your mom’s computer. So many of us spend countless hours on the computer so you know that this gift, while perhaps not incredibly exciting, will be appreciated and put to good use. They’re easy to set up, too—just plug the USB adapter into the back of the computer, wirelessly link the devices together and you’re all set.

What are you getting your mom this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments.


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And the winners of the Melissa Etheridge tickets are…

Thank you to everyone who entered our Melissa Etheridge ticket giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog! We had a lot of entries and gave away 10 total pairs of tickets: 5 on Facebook, 2 on Twitter, and 3 on our blog. Winners will each receive 2 tickets to Etheridge’s intimate performance on Thursday, March 29 at our P.C. Richard & Son Theater.

How did we calculate the results? We made 3 lists of all the correct Facebook quiz entries, Melissa Etheridge ticket retweets and comments on our blog (as laid out in this post), and then put each list through the Random Thingy Chooser found here. Congrats to Misty P., Matts S., Meg K., Dominick M. and Diane K. on Facebook, @hugsy2k and @youbet59 on Twitter, and Ann, John S. and ROCKFANATIC on our blog! I look forward to meeting you all at the show to take pictures and hear how you enjoy this private performance.

Congratulations to our winners and we hope you enjoy the show! Sorry if you didn’t win, but keep checking back here and on Facebook and Twitter for more performers coming to the P.C. Rchard & Son Theater!


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Summer Gadgets from P.C. Richard & Son and Toni On! New York

Have you seen Toni On! New York on WPIX yet? If not, you should check it out. Hosted by Toni Senecal, this show takes you all over New York and dishes on the city’s best-kept secrets, tips, and places to go.

Earlier this month, she and her team covered summer gadgets at our store on 23rd Street. Brett Larson covered some great portable products we have available both in-store and at, including:

Flip Video UltraHD
“Don’t miss a moment of your time outside with the Flip Cam! These inexpensive cameras capture the moment with the push of a button and save from 1 to 2 hours of video. And, they slip right into your pocket when you don’t need them, so it can always be with you.”

Acer Ruby Red Netbook
(Previously covered on our blog as a hot deal) “This netbook will also come in handy for staying connected when you’re on the go. Netbooks sell for under $500, and, like this one from Acer, have Wi-Fi on board so you can connect to the internet while you’re away. Maybe do a little office work from outside the office, or just check your e-mails and surf the web.

(Also previously covered on our blog) “With FLO TV, you’ll be able to catch your favorite television shows wherever you go. The pint-sized devices tune into new digital frequencies and let you watch everything from news to entertainment shows. They come with 6 months of service included.”

“The latest PSP Go is smaller and just as fun. Games come on mini-sized discs that easily slip into your purse, pocket or backpack, and there’s hundreds of titles to choose from. Just be sure you pack plenty of battery power just in case your game goes long.”

Bose SoundDock Series II Digital Music System
“Take your tunes to go and let them sound their best with the Bose speaker to go. Just pop in your iPod or mp3 player and rock out.”

Monster Cable Lady Gaga Heartbeats High Performance In-Ear Headphones
“You don’t have to let the world hear your music with these Lady Gaga headphones. Yes, the Grammy Award-winning Lady Gaga. They’re the same headphones she wore in the video for her song Telephone.”

Monster Cable Dr. Dre Headphones
“If Lady Gaga headphones really aren’t your thing, check out the Beats by Dr. Dre. Drop it like it’s hot, Toni!”

Here’s the clip from the show:

You can catch Toni On! New York on WPIX Saturdays at 6PM.


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Happy Earth Day! P.C. Richard & Son Green Initiatives and How You Can Help

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a celebration of environmental protection and inspires awareness to our planet’s health every April 22. Did you know that P.C. Richard & Son promotes recycling, energy-saving appliances and green initiatives all year round? Here are a few ways we help protect the environment and some suggestions on great green products for your home.

What We Do
We here at P.C. Richard & Son deal with a lot of plastic, cardboard and Styrofoam with product packaging. We break down all cardboard boxes that hold all orders we receive and separate it from any plastic and Styrofoam that is also included in the packaging. The plastic and Styrofoam is collected and cardboard grouped into bails to be sent to a recycling plant where it is reused and repurposed. Our Deer Park Clearance Center alone sees four to five hundred boxes ever week and a half or so, so that’s tens of thousands of pounds of cardboard, plastic and Styrofoam recycled every year from our 65 locations.

In addition to hauling away all of our packaging material to recycling plants, we often offer free haul aways of your old appliances when you purchase new ones. Haul-awayed appliances are always recycled and are never brought to a landfill. Freon and other harmful substances are disposed of in OSHCA-complaint ways.

We recycle on a much smaller scale, too. Our break rooms have recycling receptacles that are clearly marked for things like aluminum cans and plastic bottles. We also have recycling bins for white paper in our corporate office headquarters.

How You Can Help
Energy Star products are a cost-effective and convenient way to reduce energy use and promote environmental protection. Energy Star is a government-backed program and has also been adopted in countries like Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union. We carry many Energy Star-approved appliances and electronics that are worth looking into for your own green initiatives. We offer:

  • Energy Star Refrigerators: Energy Star-qualified refrigerators require about half as much energy s models manufactured before 1993.
  • Energy Star Washers and Dryers: Energy Star washers can save you $550 in operating costs over a regular clothes washer. Less energy and water use means less air pollution from power plants and less water going to waste.
  • Energy Star Air Conditioners: If every room AC sold in the US were Energy Star qualified, it would prevent 1.3 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions- the equivalent emissions of 115,000 cars.
  • Energy Star Dishwashers: Energy Star-qualified dishwashers use at least 41% less energy than the federal minimum standard for energy consumption and can save you more than $30 a year in utility costs.
  • Energy Star HDTVs: There are 275 million TVs currently in use in the US, consuming over 50 billion kilowatts of energy each year, That’s 4% of all household’s electricity use! This is enough electricity to power all the homes in New York State for an entire year. Energy Star-qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units.
  • And more! Check out our Energy Star Products page.

These products will pay for themselves over time with the minimal energy they use, and Mother Nature will be protected! This Earth Day, please look into planet-protecting green initiatives and consider Energy Star products. For more information on Earth Day, visit the Earth Day Network website.

Do you have good Earth Day tips? Let us know in the comments!


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Today is Administrative Assistant’s Day!

We could like to wish all of the administrative professionals out there a very happy Administrative Assistant’s Day! Today, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles. Millions more administrative professionals work in offices all over the world.

Please take the time to thank those administrative professionals in your office today. As our way of saying thank you, we’d like to offer a coupon for 10% off any purchase of $50 or more at with coupon code TYADMIN – This coupon is good until midnight tonight. Thank you, administrative professionals!


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