Posted: Sep 9, 2007 4:56 am
Sorry about that mis-post.
Emily Landry's added voice to this already ridiculous issue is incomprehensible to my mind (Lamplighter, September 2007 edition). Her fear of bringing in customers to the store from outside the neighborhood is ludicrous. That's what all entrepreneurs want to do and must do to survive. My God, what if someone who lived south of Central dared to shop at Schnucks on Union. We all know that only those who live in Central Gardens should be allowed to shop at Schnucks. Maybe a few Evergreeners, too, so long as they aren't past North Parkway.
Every, and I mean EVERY store, restaurant, or office in the Cooper-Young District has to put up with it's share of n'er do wells, con-artists, beggers, and crackpots daily. And lots of us have white tablecloths on our pretty tables outside our restaurants--but the n'er do wells, con-artists, beggers, and crackpots still wander along the revered "Restaurant Row."
Should we shut down Tsunami because a guy wearing a football helmet and rolling a full shopping cart full of his worldly possessions sits down at one of their outdoor tables? Should we reconsider Square Foods being in the neighborhood because they have tatooed hippy-freaks consorting with Republicans--sometimes even in front of the store where the rest of the world can see?
NO. We allow businesses to open and conduct their legal business. We allow them due diligence and give them time to prove themselves. We allow them the opportunity to serve a community.
Since Christy left the helm at the 8 til Late, the new owners have made many improvements. The windows have been rid of the clutter and the lighting within the store is much brighter. Give this place a chance, Ms. Emily Landry, by actually shopping there. Community support and input is the best way to help a Market grow.