austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Can you hear a lark in any other part of town?

So that party store up the street, the one that had been there forever and then closed? Things have developed some.

They had apparently closed up and were taking stuff out of the storefront, and there stuff sat for a long while. And then they tore down the wooden fence that enclosed the backyard. Also the place had a backyard. I'm not clear why they had one or what it was for, besides to have something that needed mowing. But now that fence is gone; there's a few fenceposts left but nothing of any clear purpose.

After a couple days with a dumpster outside and stuff being cleaned out someone put craft paper up blocking out all the glass windows. So that speaks to the idea that the place isn't being abandoned but just transformed into something else. And into what? ... We don't really know. There's a new sign that's appeared that suggests the place will be named ``Stateside Wellness'', which doesn't commit to much of anything. There's no other businesses we can find with that name, and it's kind of far from campus for the ``Stateside'' name to quite seem natural. And I admit my early thought about the name was, ``oh, don't tell me a medical marijuana shop is opening up here''. But medical marijuana shops don't tend to have such coy names, and wellness stores in general seem to be more about selling dubious vitamin and other health supplements. And yet that seems odd to have in a free-standing building. The natural environment for those things is malls, strip or enclosed.

Of course there's no building or renovation permits anywhere on the property that we can find. I was able to find the place listed in Bizapedia, with the discovery that its existence as an LLC was filed on the 4th of March, 2008, and that its filing status was ``Active, but not in good standing as of 2-15-2011'', which is again about what we'd expect. There's always something a little bit disreputable about the place.

Trivia: The value of United States office and store machinery and equipment rose from 114.0 million to 132.4 million dollars between 1921 and 1922. This was still down from 160.6 million in 1920. Source: Before The Computer: IBM, NCR, Burroughs, & Remington Rand & The Industry They Created, James W Cortada.

Currently Reading: Attention All Passengers: The Airlines' Dangerous Descent - And How To Reclaim Our Skies, William J McGee.


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