So you want a shoe store downtown. Not just any shoe store, but one that has a diverse inventory of flats, heels, casual, dress and let’s not forget seasonal shoes – all in your taste, size and your preferred price range.
The same things you would want in a shoe store is applicable to a healthy composition of your commercial district. Diversity increases viability as does complementary businesses within a district. There’s nothing wrong with having a wish list of boutiques that cater to your specific vision but beware you’re not shooting yourself in the foot from failure to value that not in your sights. The practical or frivolous shoes you wouldn’t dare purchase will most likely appeal to someone else.
It’s been a long time since we had a full (to capacity), eclectic and sustainable mix of business in Blissfield. Condemning select merchants or business types operating in our downtown are bullets called bias.
I cringed when I read Marcia Loader’s short-sighted attempt to promote The Hathaway House, mixed in with a little credit where credit was due for a few people who created successful recurring events in Blissfield…then she slammed the Antique and Consignment market, while providing another example why we need to fire our community leaders;
“It is puzzling when a merchant says “our customers/market aren’t local/Blissfield people” Then why are they in business here? The next time someone says that, we should print their name! Sure they want to attract visitors, but the people who live here should be Market Number One!”
The article was printed in the Advance Wednesday August 4/2010.
I’ve just got to say – Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.
I have never read a news paper that injects so much personal opinion into their publication, including telling their readership how to vote. Let me show you my little list:
- Last I looked Marcia, there is no shortage of commercial property available for any other market number one businesses.
- I’m sure they thought Blissfield was their number one market at the onset, luckily they didn’t have to rely on local support.
- Any profound economic restructuring/revitalization effort is going to take business retention as seriously as goal number one. No marketer or economist would recommend or advocate driving existing business out.
- Most importantly, the ability to bring in consumers from outside your area is huge and extremely desirable, increasing new dollar circulation in our community.
- Outside consumers they bring in, also patronize other business in the area, contributing to those bottom lines.
- Every time someone visits your town is another opportunity to sell/advertise or lure interest for investment (doesn’t matter if its business, personal or pleasure).
- Used goods markets are typically the most recession proof in a retail environment.
- They’ve got to be doing something right…they’re still here.
What I have come to understand is the 90’s were particularly rough economically for Blissfield when the Antique dealers came to town, bought commercial property dirt cheap and set up shop. At the time, Blissfield appreciated the re-invention and willingly publicized itself as an antique haven destination for antique enthusiasts. The new-found commerce brought outside money into our community and helped fund Blissfield’s operational needs and wants. The dealers success, accompanied by effectively drawing from a wider target market may have prompted others to take a risk and jump into the entrepreneurial arena.
You might want to thank them profusely when you print their names!
Image courtesy of Michal Marcol