Scoops & Scuttlebutt

Yesterday we decided to redo our informal survey to see how many unoccupied commercial business properties we could see on Big Bear Boulevard from Stanfield to through the Village. Instead of the 27 empty business properties I spied back in July–this time we counted 38.

Some of the problem is that many of the property owners are charging the same money (or more) for rentals that you can get down the hill–in brand new high traffic areas. How about using a little common sense?

Personally, I think a rented building is much better than an empty one. Take a look around these parts and you’ll be amazed at the number of rentals open for commercial and full-time private homes.

While I am on the topic, it always amazes me that dilapidated buildings have been allowed to sit and disentigrate next to the main drag. What a great impression it must make on all those visitors driving into town.  The NY Times called it a relaxed mountain retreat and the “least exclusive” and “most family friendly.”

I can’t tell if that was a compliment or a slam.

When people complain about the visitor numbers being down I look at the poor maintained roads into town, the cinders still piled up on the street near the curbs, numerous potholes adjacent to the main village streets, and those really poor looking buildings–just great for those first lasting impressions.

Then you can find an abundance of surly or really unhelpful staff…but I digress…

Smiling Sylvia

We  stopped by the Hacienda for an early supper and got to catch up with Sylvia. She is one of my favorite waitresses in the valley. She always has a smile and nothing ever is a problem. She said she is now also working at the Peppercorn so we will have to make a point to go visit Charlie and her now.

More Changes

We heard that Larry (formerly of the Mandoline Bistro) had taken over the historical Antler’s Inn over in Twin Peaks from Ginny and Harvey over at the Tea Exchange.  He is apparently doing wonders there and doing very well. However, over on our end the word is that the Mandoline Bistro is under another ownership change.

Over on Red Ant Hill the Log Cabin is still under rennovation. We saw some action there this week so maybe they will be opening again soon.

Desi’s in the village has been open but frankly it is too much like a bar to attract me in. It seems to have a good local’s following–let me know if you have been there.

I heard that the Book & Bean will be moving up the block shortly and a new pet boutique is opening in the Village Three up on Village Drive by the people who own The Cat House & Kenai’s Korner.

Okay, that is it for today–unless you have some other comments about changes you know about.

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4 Responses to “Scoops & Scuttlebutt

  • 1
    September 28th, 2008 19:05

    You may want to check this out but on one foreclosure website it said the Log Cabin was in foreclosure.

  • 2
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    September 29th, 2008 11:02

    Next time leave a link. It changed hands not too long ago and I haven’t had time to check it out.

  • 3
    part time larry
    September 30th, 2008 14:17

    Desi’s is like a bar, but only in appearance and noise. We were there shortly after they opened. Very friendly staff (a nice change for the area), but slow service. They have a variety of deep fried desserts, if that’s your thing. Otherwise pretty standard burgers and such.

  • 4
    GG (Gossip Girl)
    October 1st, 2008 08:03

    Thanks for the note. It looks okay but I am sick of burgers and bars–we have lots!