Revolving Door

One of the first things I learned about business here in Big Bear is that they come and go quickly. The staff over at Eastside Book Cafe is happy with the last minute reprieve and a new 3 year lease. Although the Grizzly made it sound like they had a couple of weeks, the place was closing to customers on April 6th.

People have been going in and telling them how glad they are staying open and we can only hope that those locals continue to support the place. Eastside is currently remodeling the bookstore so it is temporary closed. They are opening up the space as they have bigger crowds so we all look forward to seeing what they do.

I remember when I first opened my business here–one of the chamber members told me he would think about supporting me after a year.

Hmm, I thought that was strange–what if I didn’t support his business for a year? However, after I had been here a while I understood completely. Businesses up here come and go through an invisible revolving door–they go ’round and ’round and many don’t stay–they exit the valley after a short time.

So, my point is that we were perusing some of that action last night. I heard through the grapevine about at least two other coffee houses coming into the valley but I think the one is a boutique instead.

If you have not noticed, the Del Lagos clan (coffee house in Arrowhead) opened a boutique in the Bella Donna building in the village and will be having their grand opening on April 12th.

Up the street on Village Drive, Cafe Mambo is still a shell but Desi’s is scheduled to open. Another burger, beer, and sports TV joint. Now I am sure they will do well but I’d really like to have more menu choices around town.

We liked Cafe Mambo but the place was not customer friendly, at least in our experience, which I talked about before. We even went past the “three strikes and your out” philosophy to try and support it. No such luck.

Cottage Lane moved and we are not sure what is going into the building. I’ve heard an existing business is changing locations but only time will tell. They were hard at work in the remodel last night.

Wildwood Gallery has clearance sale signs posted all over their window. I heard that they were moving many, many months ago but after 18 years I didn’t think that was correct. You can go investigate…let me know.

Anyway, I peruse the fictitious business statements all the time. Some of those listed I never see. Change might be good but I’d sure like to see small businesses stay and thrive here.



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  • 1
    Cricket
    April 11th, 2008 19:12

    This past holiday season we did all our shoping locally.If you couldn’t find it on the hill, it didn’t get bought and given as a gift. Made for a better Christmas, without all the running up and down the hill, and helped support local businesses as well. It was so much nocer this way, and will continue to be part of my holiday routine.

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    GG (Gossip Girl)
    April 18th, 2008 07:09

    Cricket thanks for the comment. I am a mix these days. If I have a hard time doing business with a place I usually take that business elsewhere. Sad but true. I just had a local business owner argue over a return of an item less than 5 bucks. Uh, not to smart. Wrong item and she made a big deal over it when the clerk said it would not be a problem. I had pretty much quit shopping there but wanted to support the new owner–who happens to be a former client of mine.