Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A change is going to come

I love the energy I've received from my neighbors regarding their ideas for the Fort Davis Shopping Center. A friend shared this quote by Margaret Meade with me: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that does." Miss V believes deep in her heart that a change is going to come. It may not come tomorrow, but it's coming. That's enough of my Pollyanna idealism... Here are the ideas I've received so far.

Business that we would like to see (Wish-List)
- Restaurants/Food Establishments:
  • Coffee and Tea Cafe/Internet Cafe that sells pastries (e.g. Starbucks, Caribou, locally-owned)
  • Deli/Salads (e.g. Panera Bread, Cosi, Chop'it)
  • Bakery
  • Ice Cream Shop (e.g. Baskin Robbins, Maggie Moos, Cold Stone Creamery)
  • Tex-Mex/Mexican
  • Pizza/Italian
  • Soul Food
  • Bistro (locally-owned)
  • Rotisserie Chicken (Pollo Rico, Chicken Out, Boston Market)
  • Vegetarian
- Modernized Convenience Store/Market that sells fresh produce
- Gym/Pilates and Yoga studio with massage suites
- Arts and Crafts Store
- Hardware Store
- Bookstore
- Pet Store/Grooming/Boarding
- CVS/Rite-Aid/Walgreens or comparable business
- Office/Business Services:
  • Kinko's/Kwik Copy or comparable business
  • Full-service Post Office/Fed-Ex/UPS
  • Office space for economic development group(s)
  • Institution that teaches trade (IT, hospitality, dental assistant)
  • Labor Ready (provides temporary day labor work to get some of the guys off the street)
Other Amenities we would like:
- Bike Racks
- Outdoor seating
- Profit sharing or allowing community-supported interest to purchase a stake in the shopping center
- Create incentives to encourage locally-owned businesses

Businesses we do NOT want
- Liquor store
- Carry-out
- Chinese Carry-out
- Pawn Shop
- Money Exchange/Check cashing
- "Bad" fast food establishments
- Beauty supply store
- Barbershop/Beauty salon
- Nail salon
- Medical facilities

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