- If you suddenly received a ton of money and could open up some kind of store or service just for the pleasure of having it (assume it wouldn’t have to be too financially successful!), what would it be?
a guitar and book store. used and rare guitars and books. Plus, repair services for both. Also, we would have a selling service where you leave your book/guitar with us and we will clean it up and photograph it and market it for you online.
- What service or store that no longer exists do you miss most
Fossil. We had one of those stores in our Outlet malls at Castle Rock. They had super cool stuff, like this. Plus, really great deals on watches. For $20 you had hundreds of choices. I went back there this weekend and found out they closed them all. Me sad.
- What local business do you think you could make better if you were to take it over? And if you don’t mind sharing, what changes would you make
Well, let me tell you one I already fixed. This place. I love this place. It’s a home brew supply place. They used to be closed on Sundays. Well, for most of us who work, we only have 2 days to get our brew supplies. There are only 2 places for this in all of metro Denver. Both were closed on Sundays. So, I explained to the proprietor that he needed to be open on Sundays. That is 50% of a home brewers shopping time. I also explained that his one and only competitor was closed on Sundays. So, if he were to be open, he would have a total 24 hour monopoly on all of Denver and it’s zymergist needs.
Then, to show I am compassionate towards staffing needs, I explained: If you don’t have staffing. for 7 days a week, I understand. But… be closed on a Tuesday then. You have to be open on weekends. He agreed, and now they are open every day of the week. So, instead of just complaining about shit like you are up above > I am out there making society better. I love this place, by the way. They are incredibly nice and helpful.
- What spot nearby seems to be impossible for businesses to survive in?
Gyros places, anywhere. I love Gyros, it is the perfect food. However, Greek places never last. Parker has had 4 that have come and gone in the last 5 years. There is one new place that just opened, but it is terrible. Also, that Falafel King chain was good, and they have closed. Also closed was Pita Jungle by DU. What is left? 2 places – Yah-Hallah, and Jerusalem. They are close to each other, and very far from me. Oh, there is also that place in Centennial, but their gyros stink since they changed their meat flavor stuff.
Even Champps had gyros on their menu. It is a soul-less sports bar like every sports bar you have been to. The usual menu fodder of burgers and wings. Boring. YET… for some reason, they used to have gyros on their menu. Stranger was it was incredibly good. I do not say that lightly. Anyhow, last time I went back they pulled it from the menu. Oh, you know that home brew place I was just talking about above? It is in a strip mall. In same mall, 3 stores over, used to be a gyro place. So, when I went to get brewing stuff, I would always block out time to get a Gyro. Guess what, they went out of business as well.
- We’ve all seen stores that combined books and records, beer and laundry, or coffee and whatever. One of my favorite places to get coffee in Honolulu is a cafe and florist, and there is a car garage that’s also a diner in a town nearby. What would be a cool hybrid of two disparate ideas for somewhere you’d like to hang out?
I’ll refer back to my answer of the first question. It would combine all those things… books and guitars and coffee and dogs. Yes, you can bring your dogs. No, you can’t bring your sister’s dogs… they are psycho. Oh, and we would have a stage where there were readings and performances. Btw, I understand that this business model has been used by thousands. I am not the first person to want to have a hipster coffee joint that was all arty and inclusive. I just think mine would work. Unlike Costco and the Brew Hut, I would be open, always. Somehow. I haven’t quite worked that stuff out yet.