Saturday, September 29, 2007
i am really so sad to see them go! there are not enough delicious vegetarian (josh-i've got to make it to the next potluck!!!) places in town!!! my only beef with them was that every time i wanted to go there, they were closed. you will be missed!
i wonder what's going to go in there? is there any chance that they could be moving to 5th and main? i just hope the space doesn't sit there vacant!!! i will have to find out how much rent is going to be. when i find out about urbane (which can be split into 2 spaces i think), i'll post that too.
you know, i was listening to npr this afternoon and there was a really interesting piece on wall street. the discussion was that september is supposedly/superstitiously the worst month of the year, economy wise. everyone has been on vacation for 2 months and spent all their money. honestly, it really is true. and it's trickled down to the tiny little mom and pop businesses. 5 points has been really DEAD lately. i mean, scary! and for some reason, i feel like all these random bills are popping up this month.
it's not cheap to run a business. rent alone costs SO much every year. (especially as it goes up and up in 5 points and really everywhere for that matter) and then the little things that really add up... bags, wrapping, credit card fees, etc... plus there's that expectation from the customer to always have new exciting inventory in! i know i'm not alone in saying that there's been some stress this month. plus, coming off a slow summer, that's really hard. don't get me wrong, i love what i do and am so thankful i have the freedom i do. sometimes though, the security of a normal paycheck and benefits is wonderful feeling!!!
i love what i do and will fight for it! i'm not going anywhere. there are some wonderful businesses that have deep roots in the neighborhood. others have been popping up in the last few years and have beaten the odds as well! gunnel (who owns edge city with her partner tom) has one of the most long standing businesses in 5 points. 30+years. i've had conversations with both her and tom about the constant reinvention you should undergo. 5 points is always reinventing itself. that's what makes it so unique. you never know what you are going to find.
ladies and gentleman, so long september. here's to a fresh start for 5 points in october (and to no more people closing)! we're going to have a great month. i feel it!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
i have to say when i heard urbane was leaving, i almost didn't believe it! there are some people out there who call 5 points 'san five marco points' and then to others, 5 points is scary! that's the most ridiculous thing i've ever heard. our wonderful area is stuck in this weird nomansland! too alternative? or not eclectic enough? there is so much opportunity in 5 points! open your business here!
when was the last time you were in 5 points? people, this is how a district close to the urban core is. there will be transients, there will be litter, but we are fighting every day to clean it up and keep it the wonderful, pleasant and fun area that it is. if you see garbage on the ground, just pick up a few pieces. every little bit helps! and if you are a litterer, shame on you!
i see homeless people in avondale and san marco all the time. yes it is sad and yes they sometimes smell and yes you probably think he or she did it to himself but these people are harmless. you may get asked for some money, but give them directions to the city rescue mission there and walk away. when someone asks me for "money for food" i always offer to go buy him/her a burger at wendy's. when that offer gets declined i simply say that i am a merchant in 5 points and do not support panhandling. period.
Starting Friday, October 5th, 5 Points will launch it’s monthy First Fridays promotion with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, “Rear Window”. First Fridays will take place, as the name suggests, the first Friday of each month. All the stores in 5 Points area, and particularly along
Sunday, September 16, 2007
without further ado, may we present a little promotion... 5 points buzz! forget the malls! check out jacksonville's most unique independent shopping.