Friday, November 30, 2012

My First Friday 5 with the Rev Gals

a place I might miss if it had been open when we moved to lansdale
15 years ago.  The sign still hangs there, unless Sandy blew it off.

These Friday Five questions courtesy of Friday 5

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 place to celebrate a few of our favorite things perhaps.  Great coffee, live (when not recorded) jazz, books, and art.  And of course some Jesuit spirituality thrown in for good measure. 

What service or store that no longer exists do you miss most?
The Spice Smuggler used to be in Lansdale.  A splendid place that sold bulk spices, loose teas, coffee beans, and some fine chocolate.

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?
Live jazz concerts everywhere.

What spot nearby seems to be impossible for businesses to survive in?
a place next to a Rita's Water Ice in lansdale ~ A deli followed by a deli followed by a deli followed by a shipping store followed by a cell phone place followed by a pawn shop.  Luckily the second deli moved into the Lansdale Train Station, A Little Something Nice (no live jazz but a great owner who can croon to the jazz he plays on the stereo, good coffee, fine pastries, ...)

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?

Stained Glass and succulents (what gets my fingers at home, and at work)  

see other answers to these questions here


  1. Stained glass and succulents!! Boxes of bandaids scattered on the tables?

    1. Michelle ~ not an unusual sight at glass stores. I love the succulent tables at the flower show

  2. i read this earlier, and got called away before i could comment. I totally like the questions and answers. I find this and interesting subject. I forget that a business is usually there only for a certain amount of time, just like anything else.
    I know of certain locations in this town that have had a high turnover. I suppose it could be for a number of reasons that i may not know about and a few that seem more obvious.

    There are two coffee shops that do well, that are close to George Fox University.
    Coffee seems to be a big seller here. It's most people's acceptable drug of choice as well as having wifi...another acceptable drug of choice.

    As for a combined business i would open... Maybe a small b&b combined with a bakery.


Thanks for visiting Stratoz. I dig comments. Feel free to leave one here.