- 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? A record store. Hands down. My brain already operates like I’m in High Fidelity, and I’ve always thought it would be fun & cool & I would be an awesome musical boss. Second runner-up would be a book store for the same reasons, but I’d dabble in rare and cool books. Or even just steal the whole idea of State College’s Webster’s, with used books and a cafe and cool events.
- What service or store that no longer exists do you miss most? I wish more drive-ins existed. I’m lucky enough to live in a place where we have two locally, but they’re hard to find these days and are so fun. I do wish the existing ones here would upgrade a little and go back to things like movie marathons and stuff.
- 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? The aforementioned drive-ins! I would introduce themed movie marathons where you pay a few bucks and can stay from dusk till dawn and see tons of movies. I’d do everything from horror to romance to Star Wars to movies by or with specific people. I’d be the Turner Classic Movies of theaters. I’d offer a wider variety of food cheaper, including a breakfast after the marathons. I’d also make local records stores in general better (though Pittsburgh is doing well in this department). I’d stock more records, a wider variety, and I’d showcase more local artists and host in-store signings and shows. Maybe I’m in the wrong job…
- What spot nearby seems to be impossible for businesses to survive in? My entire home county, but I blame that on poor business management and bad decisions. A good example is a family tire store that went under after the sons took over & spent all the money on drugs. Restaurants don’t always do well, either–I’ve seen plenty close, but it’s such a poor area that good, quality places have a hard time thriving due to bad customers and employees or management. My favorite coffee shop went under partly because the owner of the building thought it was okay for him to steal food from his tenants.
- 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? I feel like I had a great hybrid idea a while ago, but now I can’t remember. I do like hybrids of book or record stores with cafes.