Monday, May 17, 2010

Whistle Stop Co-op; Beverages, Books, and Bikes

If you live in our neighborhood, Othello, you don’t have to fork out a $1500 round trip ticket for an exotic trip abroad. All you have to do is show up in the center of our business district, and you will be in some exotic place resembling your dreams.

Othello’s center piece is a new light rail station that’s designed to resemble an Asian garden with pretty little trains whistling into it every few minutes. Surrounding the Station are plenty of Asian grocery stores, East African café’s, Chinese herbal medicine shops, etc., etc. Oh yes, you will have almost as much difficulty being understood in English there as you would in Katmandu, especially if there are minor nuances involved in your request. Sure, you can buy a cup of coffee, but don’t try to get one without caffeine or with fat free milk. Come to my neighborhood and you virtually leave the U.S. half a globe away.

While I love rolling out of bed every morning into this exotic place, there are some things we need. One is a coffee shop that does serve non-fat decaf, known in Seattle as a “Why Bother?” and other espresso variations. We also need some semblance of a book store where people can sit and gather, read, study, and/or relax. But most of all, we need a bike shop. We are served by bike lanes and a magnificent bike path called the Chief Sealth Trail. But Othello is crying for a bike shop.

So I have a plan. With help from family and friends, we will solve all these needs with one unique consumer and employee owned business which we will call, “Whistle Stop Co-op; Beverages, Books, and Bikes.”

So here I am several years retired from my former day job as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. (There were too many syllables in that occupation too.) But I’m thinking about taking on a new career that will have an even longer title: “Shop Keeper of Three Stores in One: Whistle Stop Co-op; Beverages, Books and Bikes.” It will be a family run employee and consumer owned cooperative.

To prepare myself, I am taking a course in how to run a business and have already written pages and pages of my business plan. I have long lists of things we need, like espresso machines, and serving counters, and bike tools, and tables. Being an family of book worms, we already have a fairly large expendable library. The accountant/bookkeeper will be my husband, Dick, who is a retired mathematician. My son, Erik, will manage the shop and fix the bikes. He is well versed in those skills. My job will be promotion as well as making coffee. I hope to hire an assistant for the barista part because eye-hand coordination isn't my strong suit.

Of course, the most important thing we will need is a shop. This was promised to me by my dentist, Dr. Silver, one morning while he was examining my teeth. He was excited about my idea, and he just happens to own an empty plot of grass right on the main corner next door to the Station. He said he will have a shop built on it and rent it to us for the going rate that the Asian grocers and other shop keepers pay in the neighborhood. Of course, it will take awhile for him to get the shop built. That gives us time to plan, buy things, take more courses and make more lists. Maybe before too long I won’t be a retired old lady on a bike but rather an old lady shop keeper coming to work on a bike. I’ll let you know when we open up so you can come visit.

22 comments:

Thel said...

This would be wonderful! I live just down by the Rainier Beach station, and I would adore having all three of those amenities available even as close as Othello. I hope you do keep us posted!

Daphne said...

Can't wait!

MyrleBal詩婷 said...

Many a true word is spoken in jest..........................

麗卿 said...

Time and tide wait for no man.......................................................

嘉剛 said...

你不能改變容貌~~但你可以展現笑容............................................................

walsha said...

要持續更新下去喲!!期待~~........................................

雅雯雅雯 said...

出遊不拘名勝,有景就是好的..................................................................

湘嬌湘嬌 said...

your artical is so funny!! it make me so happy!! .................................................................

林志宏 said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。....................................................................

柏強 said...

一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼....................................................................

bikerchickchar said...

Hi - - good idea to have a shop to open that has books, bike repair, and coffee! :) (You might want to add tea to the menu also!). :) Good luck! :) :) Charmaine

KrisMcmillen07星美 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。.................................................................

文婷文婷 said...

噴泉的高度,不會超過它的源頭。一個人的事業也是如此,它的成就絕不會超過自己的信念。.................................................................

玉婷良DGFHFJ瑋黃吳 said...

人因夢想而偉大,要堅持自己的理想哦..................................................................

RalphBrau采男 said...

人生之中,比冒險更危險的一件事:不去冒險。..................................................

佳皓佳皓 said...

人生匆匆-把握當下,支持鼓勵~事事如意~..................................................................

雅俊芬凱陳許 said...

累了嗎?來杯咖啡休息一下吧!............................................................

陳韋夏陳韋夏益東富益東富 said...

哈哈,忍不住一篇一篇翻出來看耶!!!............................................................

劉士賢 said...

感謝您費心的分享.................................................................

林聿希林聿希林聿希 said...

良好的開端,已是成功的一半。..................................................

姿弘綸穎 said...

真正仁慈的人,會忘記他們做過的善行,他們全心投入現在的工作,過去的事已被遺忘。.................................................

少明秋菁 said...

After a storm comes a calm.............................................................