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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Blah, local real estate
No, not a roommate kvetching post for once (assume that's the same as ever until I post a little happy dance).

No, my favorite little store--a kitschy little New Age gift/book shop--had to close on Sunday. I heard them on the phone saying it was because the rent got too high. So now, instead of a slightly less exorbitant rent, the landlord is getting no rent at all, and I'm out one convenient spot to get the essential anise oil I like. And it's not like the store is laid out to be anything that's likely to generate vast profit for a landlord to cash in on--it's an old building, cut up into nooks and crannies, and it's on the historical register, so they can't alter it to turn it into a 7-11 or whatever. It's all but custom made to be a kitschy little gift shop of one variety or another at best. (I suppose someone could rent it as a travel agency office--posters and so on in the room with the shop windows, business areas in the back and basement--but the neighborhood is already glutted with them.)

Oh, well. I grabbed a whole box of little scented votive candles, a Tai Chi book, and some little shoulder bags (meant to hold Tarot cards, but they'd be fine for carrying other little things around) to use for prizes, and a little dragon nightlight for my friend's baby at 75% off, as well as their last bottle of anise oil. Still... blah.
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olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: June 26th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are plenty of CHAIN kitschy-little-gift-shops (which I think is a complete oxymoron, but who's listening to me?) that will snap up the space, no doubt.

I'm so cynical these days. But surely it's not for no reason? Don't you get the feeling the world really IS going to pot these days? It used to be old timers who sat and kvetched about such things, but, dammit, I'm 25 and I'm already sick of the way things are done. I'm no Holden Caulfield, either, I'm generally happy and optimistic. Ugh.

Psssst... wanna hear about something addictive? Go here: http://blackphoenixalchemylab.com. The oils are heavenly.. I just recently bought 12 of those little "Imp's Ears" and they're incredible.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 26th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I found the company--Sun's Eye--that makes the exact oil I like online. BPAL is a bit out of my comforts price range. ;p

And yes, I'm turning into such the old fogey. This particular store is sort of chainy, in that they had another location down in Braintree (which is technically a Boston suburb, but you have to detour around the moons of Neptune to get there), but true... it could get Hallmark-ized. Which will stay in business for about a year, then decide that Brighton isn't worth it when they have fifty million other places, then it'll be empty again, and then, who knows, maybe they'll find a way to turn it into another Starbucks.
katinka31 From: katinka31 Date: June 26th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
My favorite orchard/farmer's market -- growers of the best peaches and pears on the planet -- hasn't opened this year. I think it's becoming a subdivision. :(
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 26th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aaargh. I like capitalism, except when it really sucks.
From: mbs_bookworm Date: June 26th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seems like a wave of my favorite businesses are closing, one after another, here. One of the best restaurants in the area, one that has been going for fifty years, is scheduled to shut its doors at the end of the month because they've been losing business. And there's a whole slew of smaller places that have gone under.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 26th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate when that happens.

On the plus side, a local Greek family decided to make their restaurant Greek, instead of having it be one more little pizzeria. So, yay, finally a Greek place in my neighborhood. Though I can't flip through a new book on Irish fairies that I bought next door while I'm there...
beceh From: beceh Date: June 26th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sucks...in my home town, which is a small country town, there is a court full of about 8 shops. It has the potential to be really pretty and the centre of town. But it's all empty. My parents used to rent one of the shops, but the complex is owned by a business man in Melbourne who charges an exhorbatant rate (city prices for a small country town) and who gets just as much money, of not more frominsurance when the shops are empty... so he really could not give two hoots if the shops are empty or not, and no regard whatsover for the local community or town. It looks so bad with all those shops empty, but there's nothing anyone can really do about it...
satakieli From: satakieli Date: June 27th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, how awful!

I know it's a poor substitute, but one can get pure anise oil at any pharmacy. If they don't have it in stock, they'll order it for you. Perhaps not the brand you prefer, though.

We use anise oil when making springerle. What do you use it for?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, just the scent. I like it in my bath. :)
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