My little town. Gotta love it.
Here, side-by-side (or, as the old folks put it, cheek-by-jowl — I am not making that up), we have businesses that have been around since God was a plumber and we have fabulous new places opening.
The long-standing business is Butt Drugs, established 1952. They have an actual soda fountain where you can get a soda, a float, or a cherry phosphate. If you haven’t see the Butt Drugs commercial on YouTube, go watch it. I’ll wait.
Wasn’t that a hoot?
We have a unique new restaurant called The Green Door, where top chefs produce classy food from mostly local ingredients and you pay what you think it’s worth. I’ve been told a couple of people have been asked not to come back because they didn’t think it was worth enough to cover costs, which makes for hard feelings but makes total economic sense. If you’re losing money on a transaction, you’re not going to make it up in volume.
A place that hasn’t opened yet but is already swarmed by would-be customers is the Point Blank Brewpub. Jesse Marshall Badger, top chef at The Green Door, has left that post to another top chef and is working on the foodishness at the brewpub. He has a blog, False Pretensions, on which he chronicles the foody part of his life. I’m stalking it, the better to be prepared when the brewpub opens. ~wipes drool from face~
The blog book tour for THE CORNER CAFE continues at Pat Bean’s wonderful travel blog with an entire flash fiction story by Helen Ginger! Try before you buy!
And, this being Tuesday, I’m posting at Fatal Foodies on puppodums.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Find a small business, in your town or on the internet, and read its history. Pick one incident in that history and use it as your prompt for a story.