Providing investigative services tailored to the business community introduced me to small business owners. Many of them, as well as myself, with questions about the logistical and legal issues faced by businesses. This blog was started to address the questions. Although I’ve moved on from the investigative field there is still a desire to offer common sense solutions to small business owners. Sometimes we cover non business issues. Hope you enjoy reading. Please feel free to share.
Walking along the crowded sidewalk was actually a welcomed
experience. Maybe it was the warm December day two days before Christmas, maybe
the rainy weather sending people to the covered walkway, or maybe the now open
grocery store. For whatever reason, it was nice to see the Odenton Shopping
Center busy with shoppers.
Odenton Shopping Center once had a grocery store and
department store to anchor either end. Two years ago we wrote about the history
of the shopping center and the endearing meaning it has had to the community in
the last fifty years, Anchors aweigh!The
center had been on the decline since the department store closed decades ago
and the grocery store closed in 2011. On December 14, 2015, Giant Food opened
in the empty grocery store space. Once again bringing a major anchor to the
Since the Giant opened, the parking lot, throughout the
center, has been full. It’s only been a week but the other businesses should be
seeing some residual effect. With all of the development taking place around
Odenton, it is certainly pleasant to see the center full of people and once
again a vibrant part of the community.
Some idioms you can live by-Can’t judge a book by its cover.
Every cloud has a silver lining.Do
unto others as you would them do to you. Words to live by. With our primal
drive to always get the best price on absolutely anything, probably the most
important during the Christmas shopping season is-Too good to be true.
We are always looking for the better deal. Especially this
time of year when our gift giving budgets are stretched and maxed. If it’s
cheaper somewhere else we’ll drive half away across the State to save a few
dollars. That’s what makes us particularly susceptible to con men and scam
artists. The good ones prey on our sensibilities and that feeling that we’re
getting over on someone. Willingly acquiescing to our negotiating prowess to
make us feel like we won. When in reality they won big. Oh the elation we feel
when the story is told of how we adeptly bartered with some rube until we got the
item for almost nothing.
This is why people buy used luxury cars for less than half
of blue book, only to later find out that the car was stolen and re-titled. Or
why people buy jewelry from that guy on the street or stereo equipment from
unmarked vans. It is also why we are so quick to give up personal information
and send money to email and phone solicitors.
It’s like when the good you and evil you are on opposite
shoulders, except now one is sensibility and the other is a dollar sign. You
know it walks like a duck and even sounds like a duck but oh my goodness what a
price! You actually pause and
think, “This can’t be right”, but you make the deal anyway.
Sometimes the police don’t come and take the Mercedes or the
Klipsch speakers. Sometimes a Nigerian prince really does need your help. Most
times, listen to the smart you.