Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Price of Doing Business on North Cap

Some of you already know that Luciana Cafe is closed. During their stint on the street they had windows broken, the "element" hanging out in and around them, and maybe the straws breaking the camel's back were Douggie Jemal raised the rent and the ATM was broken into.
There is an 'element' around North Cap that makes it difficult, and how to address it I don't know. What lessons can the community take from this so there won't be a next time when a business that the residents like comes, or wants to develop into something nicer, has to close shop or take a siege mentality because of the 'element'?
Even during that short period on Saturday morning when Catania bakery is doing retail, there are observable challenges. Last time I went to pick up croissants there was a woman there at the counter in mid-SOB story mode looking for a little something to help her out. She was asking Nicole for 'something' and then also the other customers in the store. We pointed her to S.O.M.E. around the corner, but she said they were closed. Then the other customers rattled off the locations of various other charities in the area, but no, too far. After the woman left we all exchanged stories. I had a tale of a woman known to regularly hit up people as they were in church. The couple inside had a similar one of a woman who constantly begged for medicine for her baby, to find out that the woman owned a house and didn't have any children. And Nichol told of a man, who she thought was a customer, park himself inside the store for a long time. Anyway, I've been there on other occasions when people beg for a job (but not really), food (bread gets donated to a charity not individuals), and money. Imagine a business that is open during the week and what they have to contend with!
Don't bother saying that S.O.M.E. or any of the other social services places need to move, because they ain't. Maybe something can be done about the liquor stores, but they seem to be sticky too. So the question is how do you get business to flourish despite those challenges?

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At 6/17/2009 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how the new subway will handle the element that tends to camp at any open table/chair in a restaurant. I think one of Luciana's problems was from the outside it looked almost indistinguishable from full yum's across the street. Unless you told someone personally that it was not like the carryouts they weren't likely to walk in from the street. I'm sure the five guys, and other atf places also brought a lot of his lunch crowd down.
-Mike

 
At 6/17/2009 4:39 PM, Anonymous Realist said...

I had the same thought about the new Subway. Whomever opened that place is either very gutsy, or very naive. Or perhaps they know something that the rest of us don't.

Regardless, change is coming. Give it another 10 years.

Between the Firehouse falling through, the common shootings on North Cap, the presence of the 'element', the demise of Luciana's, the high-speed commuter traffic on North Cap, the ubiquitous vacant delapitated buildings, SOME, and the liqour stores, the entire area is very far from being vibrant.

 
At 7/08/2009 1:11 AM, Blogger franky said...

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At 7/08/2009 8:53 AM, Blogger Mari said...

Your removed comment was that they were going to have a new business somewhere in DC?
Completely anon comment was removed.

 
At 7/09/2009 3:07 PM, Blogger franky said...

Yea I said that why?

 

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