First and foremost - I wanted to share an article I read in last week’s New York Times Magazine, Jane Jacobs vs Marc Jacobs written by Adam Davidson. The author takes a trip back to his childhood neighborhood of Greenwich Village, NY which used to be full of mom and pop stores and affordable housing. All that has drastically changed over the last 15 years. These days Greenwich Village is a mecca of high-end shopping, really hard to get into restaurants, and of course Magnolia Bakery with its round the block lines. But what happened to all those mom and pop stores? The answer is pretty obvious, but the article is really more about the shops that stuck around through the years and the mystery of how they managed such a feat. Many said they simply gave up on the idea of making a huge profit but instead are content breaking even and enjoying their life’s work. The last sentence of the article sums it up nicely:
“There are still some passionate people with exciting ideas who are making really bad – but entirely satisfying – business decisions.”
A few other things:
~ A case for not making your bed (I never do) from House of Earnest
~ Finally got my new iPhone ( a little bit obsessed with Siri – one night I asked her to look up “Blue Plate restaurant on Montana” and she replied “Sorry, I can not look up restaurants in Bosnia”) obviously need a new snazzy case – I’ve been looking at this one (pictured), this one and this one. Thoughts?
~ How awesome are the bags from Alphabet Bags ?! <—-get it??
Also, a tiny announcement – this weekend I’ll be working on a much needed blog “facelift” so check back on Monday for a few fun changes! Bon Weekend everybody!