Forgive me if this turns into a rant. I want to focus on Today’s Perfect Moment, but I suspect that things are going to turn as I type this.
Today, I was out at a mall. We had multiple errands that involved exchanging a product, keeping our eyes out for something, and getting a gift for the host of a little get-together. Additionally, since this is boxing week, I wanted to keep my eyes open for some deals.
If I am keeping score, we accomplished two out of the four things. As a bonus, we weren’t completely annoyed by other shoppers. The Perfect Moment in all of that was getting my nephews some really good birthday presents for 2020 that I couldn’t have afforded if not for a fantastic discount. Both gifts are very cool and I am sure my nephews will like them. I have to hold onto them for some months, but I think it will be worth it.
Okay, not ranty yet.
Here’s thing. We were planning on going to this nice chocolate store to pick up the host gift. When we got there, the whole thing was boarded up. It was gone. We had just eaten some ice cream there in November and it was gone. Closed! Relocated? Who knows?
It got me thinking that maybe no small stores can survive any longer. Rents for housing in the area are way too high, I can only imagine that retail spaces are just as likely to be astronomical. Does that mean only huge corporations can do business? That is certainly true of coffee shops. I haven’t seen a non-branded coffee shop in years, and the likelihood of a new player arriving on scene seems hard to fathom.
This rant isn’t about things changing. I like change and I like to see new things turn up. The problem is that nothing new turns up. It’s just the same old thing; identical in every way. I am kind of tired of that copy paste mentality.
Mini Rant complete.