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Plymouth now has a tattoo place. Welcome to Plymouth, Red Anchor Tattoo Company.

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A Plymouth dining mainstay was razed several days ago.  The Big Boy restaurant on Ann Arbor Road, just west of Sheldon Road, was closed and demolished to make room for expansion of the neighboring Kroger supermarket.  All that remains on the lot is Big Boy himself.  He stands proudly over the demolition site, holding his delicious hamburger high in the air.  Hopefully someone will preserve the figure itself.  It’s something of a pop culture icon here in the midwest.

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So reads one of many signs in front and in the windows the Plymouth Blockbuster store (Sheldon & Ann Arbor Roads.)

That the story is closing — and this news, I know, is weeks old at this point — is no real surprise.  Blockbuster has been in financial trouble for a few years.  I imagined a year or more ago that our Blockbuster would close and, well, here we are.  She’s all but gone.

I’m probably a bit late in talking about it, but there is a massive fire sale going on now.   When I was in there on Sunday, the place was heavily picked over.  But my family was still able to find some seasons from a few TV shows we like and a few movies.  I think we spent about $28, which was something like a $1.50 a disc.  The store is also selling off shelving, TVs, things like that.

It won’t hurt to stop by.  You might find a gem or two.

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Because I had relatively strong feelings about valet parking downtown, I figured that contacting the Downtown Development Authority might be a better way of voicing my concerns than simply blogging about the matter.  I’m pleased that I got responses from the DDA, by email, within hours.

What follows is the body of the response email, which explains the whole point of valet parking in front of Compari’s and Panache, how it works, and how the city believes this may actually increase downtown parking.  Having gotten the DDA’s side of the story, if you will, I feel better about the program, which is still in trial phase.

Thank you for your comments on valet parking in downtown Plymouth.  As you indicated, the valet parking pilot programs in front of Compari’s and Panache are for a limited time and will be evaluated after 90 days.

The intention of the Downtown Development Authority Board and the City Commission when approving the valet parking experiments was to free up public parking downtown during peak periods.  The thought is valet parking would allow for many vehicles to be parked on private parking lots, thereby leaving more public parking spaces for visitors to the downtown.

The valet in front of Compari’s – which is for all visitors to downtown – parks cars in the Saxton’s parking lot, a private lot which was previously closed at night.  Some nights, nearly 40 cars are parked in the Saxton’s lot.  The valet from Panache parks its vehicles in the Westchester Square parking lot off Forest Ave., which is also a private lot.  The numbers there are generally much less.  However, in both instances those are vehicles that would normally take up public spaces.

Of course, valet parking is voluntary and those who don’t want to valet their cars can  find public parking spaces throughout downtown Plymouth at no charge.

I will forward your comments to the DDA Board and City Commission.  Also, feel free to attend a DDA Board meeting (the second Thursday of the month)  or a City Commission meeting (1st and 3rd Mondays) to further express your concerns.  Both groups meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Thank you, again, for your interest in downtown Plymouth.

Decide for yourself whether this sits well with you.  I’m not certain that I think the program should remain in place, but I now have less gripes about it.

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I’ve “blogged” about this, the impending doom of Blockbuster, twice in the past.

https://plymouthliving.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/several-plymouth-area-chain-businesses-on-life-support/

https://plymouthliving.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/blockbuster-files-for-bankruptcy/

I guess the prognosticators were right: Blockbuster, which put thousands of mom-and-pop video stores across the country out of business, could not adjust to changing markets and media formats.

I don’t care much for Blockbuster video other than the fact that there is a local store (Sheldon and Ann Arbor Roads) that, presumably, employees local people.  In fact, I know it does because a neighbor of mine works at the store.

The good news for Blockbuster’s competitors is that the company is in trouble and is closing stores.  Our local Blockbuster is set to close according to the big yellow and black banner on the front of the building.  The bad news is that there will be ______ of people around here without jobs.  Hopefully they’ll find better work at other area businesses.

 

 

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Here are some of the sights from last weekend’s first annual Pumpkinpalooza.  The Chamber of Commerce and local businesses switched up the downtown Halloween event this year.  In years past, local businesses put out candy for store-to-store trick-or-treating.  The manager of one very prominent business owner told me that aspects of the past events actually hindered downtown business patronage.  To bring people downtown, and give the kids something fun to do for the upcoming holiday, the community put together Pumpkinpalooza which is more like a mini-festival.  By all accounts, it went over quite well.  It’s obvious from the photos that people had a great time and they lucked out with good weather.

Enjoy the photos (used by permission of Sonia Tomassi and borrowed from the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page)

Gorilla and banana family

Hula hoopster

Handsome stoplight

Liam the light

Giant S'more

Fred, Scooby and the Mystery Machine

H_ppy H_ll_ _ een Hangman. I wonder what it spells.

 

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The United States Postal Service is looking at closing maybe 1,400 branches nationwide, with 3,600 branches under review.

http://news.yahoo.com/post-office-looking-close-offices-save-money-002241371.html

This article does not suggest that our post office branch will be closed.  But with our branch having been up for sale for a year or more, and knowing that the USPS is looking at closing maybe thousands of locations, it is fair to ask whether our branch could be one of them.  Our mail carrier, who works out of that branch, indicated that there seems to be a concern at that branch that if it can’t be sold, the building will be closed.   Revenues apparently might not justify keeping it open, or so goes the thinking.

I would like to see our local post office branch survive.  Not only is it an historic building, but it is one of those services that draws people downtown.   A healthy downtown, in my opinion, should have more than just candy and ice cream shops, restaurants and arts-crafts stores.

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