Tuesday, May 4, 2010

If it isn't broken, don't fix it. But what if it is broken?

On the Noe Valley SF Blog , we find that The French Tulip, a flower shop in Noe Valley is closed. Here is a statement from the owner of French Tulip.

Due to dwindling sales and factors beyond our control we were forced to close the doors in early April and have since dissolved the business. This was not something that was easy for us to do after owning the shop for the past 8 years and working there for nearly 6 more. It was with heavy hearts and even heavier financial debt that we were forced to close.

It is difficult to be small business owners in today's economy, many changes we've watched over the past 14 years have surprised and shocked us. We'd like to remind everyone that in order to keep local shops open your business is crucial. While it is too late for us, there are several other Noe Valley businesses on the brink of closure. Rather than save $5 at the grocery store or large retail outlet consider shopping with small local merchants. They need you now more than ever.

-Laetitia Phelps

there are several other Noe Valley businesses on the brink of closure

The argument that the street needs to remain as is to help merchants is a bit of a stretch given that statement. Pedestrian plazas attract more customers to business areas who stay longer, spend more money, and inject vitality to the area. 24th Street could use some help. Let's try this.