i am having a BLAST working at the store and theOTHERstore. it is so cool because i am doing the same job yet because i am at two different locations, there is great variety in atmosphere. already, i’ve noticed some significant differences in clientele and traffic flow. for example: at the store, it is rare to get
any many customers after 6:30 or 7 p.m. in the evening. at theOTHERstore, it is nothing to be steady-busy between 8-9 p.m., when we close. i chalk up this pattern to store location: uptown waterloo is pretty quiet on a weekday eve, whereas theOTHERstore is located on a main thoroughfare – it’s easy for people to pop in while driving home or while completing other errands at nearby retailers.
so, about theOTHERstore: it’s located in a strip mall, and is anchored at one end by mark’s work wearhouse.
mark’s recently moved over from the opposite end of the mall (more on that in a second) and is now located where movie theatres used to be! yup, they ripped down the cineplex and built a huge mark’s. weird.
and now – about the other end of the mall. full circle story: a long time ago, it housed drug world, a huge (obviously) drug and food store (this was in the days before shopper’s carried groceries). what is special about drug world? it is where the brother worked his first part-time job! and now i am in the same mall. neat, eh?!
in the past few weeks, i had noticed renovations being carried out in the ex-ex-drug world, ex-mark’s work wearhouse store. then, last week, this sign was up:
[part 1 is the fact that i now enjoy such easy access to fairview park mall - the site of my outing of the month with mom in july].
now, michaels waterloo is just a 15 minute walk from home. but soon…i will be 100 feet from the best craft selection in the universe!! i hope they open in time for me to get the supplies i need for a planned new experience, the xmas edition. [remember: never shop at michael's without googling for a 40% off one item coupon. i get the michael's weekly email and it always has a coupon, too].
so: theOTHERstore is between mark’s work wearhouse at one end and the soon-to-be michael’s at the other end. here are a few more neighbours:
[what really makes me laugh is the fact that the dr bernstein diet clinic is right beside theOTHERstore. hmmmm, let's see, you can get healthy by walking and running and being fit, or by getting expensive injections and eating one chicken wing per day...!].
and get this! across the street, there is none other than…
- pier 1 imports (see the sign poking through at the bottom of the photo, above?!)
i am in trouble, part 3!
what type of ‘hood do you work in? i should add that in terms of running routes, i believe the store has nicer options – theOTHERstore is a bit more limited for scenic routes within close proximity.
what store spells D-A-N-G-E-R to you? me: the ones i work in!