Comment 6592

By farmer6re9 (registered) - website | Posted May 07, 2007 at 08:35:18

People see what they want to see. When I hobble down Ottawa Street North, I see numerous empty shops but I also see a renewal in progress. Sure the Goodwill next to the YWCA moved out recently, and yes, the strip next to CD's is completely devoid of proprietors and there are many other blank facades.

But I still see a renewal, a transformation taking place. Slow and sweet like molasses yet steady. It is a bygone era for the Ma and Pa shoppes, start-up costs are prohibitive and many that do manage to open their doors to the public fade away in six months to a year.

We need to have people with incentive and passion who are willing to take risks. Proprietors like Skizzers at 108 Ottawa or Spice Emporium at 205 Ottawa who are giving it their best shot.

It is my hope that a business like "Crafters Marketplace" will find interest with the empty Goodwill building and not just another Cheasy Chinese dollar store.

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