Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Access to restroom or no?

As a small business owner, this is kinda an issue. Some thinks it is a god given right to use the restroom of your business, some thinks it is bad business if you deny any request, but is it?

We had several incidents that people walking by the street were asking to use the restroom. Some were parents with kids, some were just street people, some had no clue what we do here. Some were extremely rude and some just wanted a chance to raid  the candy dish.

There is really no good policy but case by case, but a business is a private entity and we do reserve the right for access to restroom and even serve one. We certainly do not want to encourage street people to use the restroom, borrow the phone or break a dollar ( to open the cash register ). However, a lot of online conversations mainly stated from the customers' point of view which is open access.

What do you think?


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The big picture

When Mayor Reilly was elected, he said he would always look at the big picture, and that is what I am trying to do. This blog entry is actually pretty tough to write but here it is, once again, JMHO.

I know there were history before my brief membership at WDBA, but I remember one meeting was about the political influence of certain resident on the street and the discussion was how to counter that. Some said to use the same tactic of email and letters. Fast forward to the Scrima's switching allegiance and he unbalanced the DTW power structure and we lost BID while power and money start flowing to WDBA.

How do you change? This street like THE STREET is ruled by greed and fear. The fees are going up and the fear of someone opposite in charge or any change to the event model will solidify support to keep things the same. Some depends on the event income to survive, and when it comes to survival, you want to stand by the winning side.

I just think we all need to rethink about the approach. Substituting one group of power players with another is not the answer, and if some power players did do some unethical stuff, then let that play out. If it is true, and once the members of that organization realize they are exposed to the liability because of the shady stuff, then reform will come within. If one keeps banging on the glass from the outside, it only solidify the leadership as a need to fend off any change.

It is already a minor victory that Mayor Reilly did not kill FNL as some proclaimed, and if the street construction forced some stages to be moved off the street, then there will be another theory pierced. As long as Mayor Reilly hold true to keep things black and white instead of Scrima gray, then playing within the rules is all fair game. If you don't like the rules, petition CC to change it.

We had a very emotional 4 years and this should be viewed as a logistic problem going forward. Every little change lead to more and bigger changes, and we do not need to be at each others' throat any more...

There is a bigger challenge ahead, and we better figure something out and come together...


Friday, June 20, 2014

The long view

(This is just all my opinion and projection of DTW, please do not take anything as personal attacks...)

Where is DTW going? The biggest challenge is not the fight between WDBA and the alone-rs, it is the road project for the next 6 years. Businesses with good base, sound practice, and reserve will survive, and it will shake out the weak.

If the new Irish pub/hotel brings a new dawn, then all the eateries need to upgrade capacity to meet demand. If the event model continues, how much revenue can you gather if you can not push out food? Gen 5 is planning ahead, that is why they are where they are.

The other part of this is the infrastructure, and when empty storefronts and falling-apart buildings get to the max-pain point, watch out for the big boys to come in on the cheap and buy up to renovate. It will start to push the rent up for the renter businesses and sooner or later, the property owner/business owner will be in the driver seat.

We are where we are is because the max pain point is yet to be reached, and there is no incentive to change. The "kings" of the street should know everything is temporary, and changes are inevitable.

Just my two cents from the fence,,,

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Update

I spoke to Alex from the city and found out the water main project is still under planning. More will be discussed in the coming meetings but looks like the far west end will be closed off for cars when it happens. There will still be pedestrian access however. This will happen to most of Main in the next 5 years or so section by section. The wider part of Main by Woodmen's is the few exceptions.

The question is where is gonna be the first section started and when... Be prepared.... DTW...

The other news is that Choco Cat is home from Oshkosh but still in isolation due to a skin condition from his hoarder home past. We are very happy to have this friendly boy in our pack...


Happy birthday to Ms Kool!!! Btw, she is 39 again.

This is the other addition to the family over the Memorial day weekend...



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Quick update

The word on the street is that Clarke Hotel is close to become something like this... BUT it is not a done deal yet... We shall know where this is going very soon, at least there will be someone local waiting to jump in if this current deal falls apart I gathered.

The Main street water main replacement project is still in planning stage and it will take 5-6 year?! It is for the full length of Main, since the current pipe is from 1900's... So... we shall see where they will start section by section... and adapt.

I also need to wish Moxie a belated happy 4th birthday. Little Missy celebrated her 3rd birthday too over the weekend.

I ran into Mayor Reilly at Periwinkles Bakery the other day and he chose the bacon donuts if you all want to know... It is kinda nice to have no drama these days...

By the way, more cat interview scheduled ahead... This one is in Oshkosh... Wish us luck...



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Waukesha's loss

I received news today that Major Ron and Major Carol are leaving Waukesha, they were asked to take a call up north to where they are needed.

Their last day is June 22nd and I am sad to see Waukesha losing two civic leaders... Thank you and I am proud to call you two friends...



Monday, May 5, 2014

Scam alert

I got a rather strange phone call at work yesterday... A female caller was asking if Jason is at work, she turned out to be one of his sisters...

Jason's grandma had received a phone call, the person on the other end of the line claimed to be Jason but said to have a cold, and the story was that he was busted for guns and drugs on a traffic stop and he needs $3000 to get out of jail. Jason's grandma did not fall for it, when she asked for the cop's name and badge number, and was going to verify it, the other person hung up.

Jason said this has been a common scam targeting tattoo artists lately, especially the one who travels. He had heard about this stunt pulled on artists' family 5-6 times already...


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Rejected

The latest round of cat interviewing process led me to a flame point Siamese mix named Mr. Purr. He was said to be a perfect family cat and we were granted a visit.

The drive to Madison was okay, my GPS took me to a different route because I had the old GPS hand-me-down with no map update. Little Missy was not too impressed with the long ride, but we did make it around the agreed time.

As soon as we walked in, we saw Mr. Purr ran away. He was hiding from us and after a while, he made his point that he wanted nothing to do with us. It was actually the first time in 14-16 cat interviews that we did not even get to touch the cat.

The poor lady brought out her other cat so Little Missy can at least play with one after the long ride.

I know we were not the chosen ones so we left.

It is kinda deflating but it is just a part of the process... :(