Friday Five: The Shop Around the Corner

Corner shop:  Via San Francesco, 21/23, 80067 Sorrento, Italy
Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor 

These Friday Five questions courtesy of Friday 5:

1. If you suddenly received a ton of money and could open up some kind of store or service just for the pleasure of having it (assume it wouldn’t have to be too financially successful!), what would it be?

I think it would be fun to have a combo wine bar/book store with some fun Ten Thousand Villages merchandise. It would be great to host tastings & classes, book discussions and maybe even the occasional Bible study.

2.  What service or store that no longer exists do you miss most?

Milk delivery. Kidding. During the dot com era you could get ANYTHING delivered There were a couple of great sites, whose names escape me, that were amazing. Those were good times.

3. What local business do you think you could make better if you were to take it over? And if you don’t mind sharing, what changes would you make?

I think any business can be made better with improved service. These days there is a lot of duplicated product, but service is what can make a shopping experience memorable. There are a couple of local restaurants here there have some great product but terrible service.

3. What spot nearby seems to be impossible for businesses to survive in?

There are a couple of corners I can think of that seem to be a revolving door for restaurants. There’s also a strip mall nearby that has a wing that has almost zero foot traffic just because it’s so awkwardly placed.

4. We’ve all seen stores that combined books and records, beer and laundry, or coffee and whatever. One of my favorite places to get coffee in Honolulu is a cafe and florist, and there is a car garage that’s also a diner in a town nearby. What would be a cool hybrid of two disparate ideas for somewhere you’d like to hang out?

in SF there’s a laundromat/entertainment venue where I’ve seen some good local bands. I think it would be cool to combine ice cream with shoes b/c those are my two faves but I don’t think that would be the coolest place for anyone to hang out except me.

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2 thoughts on “Friday Five: The Shop Around the Corner

  1. Are you talking about Brainwash? My daughter (WonderGirl) has played there, and up until recently was one of the Monday open-mic co-hosts! She loved working there–free laundry!

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