Existential retail and the meaning of plain old
In a follow up post they emphasize that the questions they raised may have been blown out of proportion, or at least overinterpreted. They do point out a 'problem' their business model has:
Yet every day, along with taking orders for specific coffees or taste profiles from our regulars, we inevitably get the guy (or gal) who wants, "Just plain old coffee."Reminds me of a question about flavored custard.... and that I owe Pittsblog a post or two.
Anyway... I suspect Aldo will continue in some form. Mt. Lebanon will as well. I have to admit that one of things I don't quite get in the world is the economics of the retail biz. Those posts reinforce my own notion that there are emotional aspects to the equation that are hard to quantify... by that I mean for most retail entrepreneurs it is about more than the bottom line. Not a bad thing at all, but it may explain why getting a retail business off the ground is statistically fraught with peril. That is a true statement universally, but an observation of late reinforces it .. Anyone else think the number of retail storefronts empty or underutilized at the South Side Works is surprising?