Pop-up stores in Long Beach (I can’t believe that this is even an issue)

A pop-up retail space is a venue that is temporary: the space could be a sample sale one day and host a private cocktail party the next evening. The trend involves “popping up” one day, then disappearing anywhere from one day to several weeks later. These shops, while small and temporary, can build up interest by consumer exposure.  [LINK]

There has been a bit of pop-up store controversy in Long Beach this past week. Lots of restaurants/stores were hosting pop-ups all over town. They brought traffic, energy & excitement; a fun and unique shopping experience that this city so desperately needs. What’s the controversy?  Some of these businesses who hosted the pop-ups didn’t have the Long Beach-required Mercantile License. So the other night a complaint was made, the cops came and several pop-ups were deflated.

It’s just so sad, in a town where we preach SHOP LOCAL. We have become a town where vacancies and nail salons rule the roost.  I get it that a mercantile license is required by law, but really? Another fee? The lease between a property owner and tenant spells out exactly what’s allowed inside a store. I am not sure why our city has to even be involved with this. Can somebody please explain? Is this measly fee really that important? Just set ‘pop-up’ rules: a pop-up can’t serve cooked food, has to obey cabaret laws, etc. But a local vendor setting up a table at a local restaurant really is a big problem? WHO CARES!!! I can’t believe that this is even an issue!! I CAN’T BELIEVE I AM EVEN WRITING ABOUT THIS!!

Not every local municipality requires this type of license, by the way. The Bouy Bar in Point Lookout (town of hempstead) hosts a very popular pop-up/ ladies night on Mondays (of all nights) during the summer months. I heard the place gets jam packed. Perhaps all of our vendors should just do pop-ups in our nearby towns. Yep, keep all the fun away from Long beach as much as possible. ^o)

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70 thoughts on “Pop-up stores in Long Beach (I can’t believe that this is even an issue)”

  1. What were the pop-ups? I hadn’t heard of any of them. And I agree, certainly something that a blind eye can be turned to when there are more important issues that the police can be focusing on. (The blame should be on the person who made the complaint and not the cops. They are just doing their job and likely would have ignored had the complaint not been made.)

  2. There is no reason for the City of Long Beach Mercantile License other than collecting some $300 per business owner for the privilege of soliciting customers in Long Beach. Just another fee.

    The City of Long Beach also requires that every retail establishment (and some offices) provide off-street parking for a certain number of cars, depending on the use. In this manner, the City can control exactly what is opened by denying a variance to this parking rule. Another fee — more control.

    A store where food is sold must have handicapped bathrooms (2 or 3), unless it was opened prior to the federal law. It must have fire suppression (sprinklers) for some uses. That’s a NY State law. The County requires plumbing, hot and cold water.

    Liberals lobby for more government control and more laws. Then they cry when nobody wants to open a business here.

    “Pop-up stores”? What about the saps who play by the rules, pay their $35,000 in property taxes, abide by health, discrimination and ADA laws, zoning, parking variances, only to have a “pop-up store” open up out of a truck to take their business away?

    Of course, Anthony, the right answer is somewhere in the middle. Less control, less cost, more freedom for entrepreneurs. Laws that assure safety and sanitation and some quality of life for neighbors.

    Let’s see if the City can work a compromise that meets all the laws, protects the real businesses against fly-by-night carpet baggers yet adds some spice to our community.

  3. very good point. Pop-ups have been happening after Sandy here in LB, but they are getting more and more popular. Not all the restaurants host them, but the few who did just had some local vendors. I believe there were some east end shops with pop-ups in the west end. Visa versa.

  4. Eddie, thanks for your input and info. My point being: if it’s temporary tables set up INSIDE a restaurant, who cares? I remember after the storm sandy-damaged SWEETS FOR SHORE opened up a ‘pop-up’ at the Long Beach Arts and Crafts store. It was really sweet (no pun intended) and didn’t really bother anybody. I would think it would be up to the landlord if that’s ok or not. Too many fees deter anything from happening here.. they aren’t worth it, in my opinion.

  5. This is just a thought but most likely a person running a fixed business in Long Beach with all the costs/charges Eddie enumerated above (rent/healthcare/ada/zoning and Sales Tax) saw one of these pop up shops selling items similar to what they sell in their own shop and got a little perturbed. If the items were flying off the tables they may have thought that those sales could have gone to their business.

  6. I tend to agree with you Anthony, but remember that government seeks to control everything. Some control is good.

    For example, a guy opens a hardware store. He’s given a variance for parking, assuming he only serves five customer at a time. He hosts a pop up event that brings in 100 people. Now there is a parking problem.

    That same hardware store hosts a pop-up that serves pancakes. There’s no sanitation. No dishwashing equipment, no public bathrooms, no running water. Patrons get sick. The pancake house next door which follows all the laws goes broke because it can’t compete.

    Lately, government has taken the stand that everything on earth in and outside your home is theirs to tell you what you can do with it.

    As you know, this is why I don’t like Democrats or socialism.

  7. That is a great point, but then I think about the city with areas such as the Jewelry district, or why somebody would want to open up at a mall or ares where there are tons of similar stores – it’s also about attracting as many people to an area as possible. I hate being so negative, but our sidewalks aren’t exactly bustling with shoppers.

  8. I’m starting to think I liked the blissful ignorance before reading some of the happenings in LB, better than knowing the actual stupidity in this town.

    Was it Long Trunks that got in trouble?

  9. Well I mentioned some laws should just be intact – such as food, cabaret,liquor obviously. The variance for parking is another fee the city should get rid of, but I’m sure I’m all alone on that one..

  10. Long Beach is now, forever has been, and will always be ruled by real estate capitalists. Pop up stores de-value real estate and so they can’t be here. Venture capitalism is a totally different thing.

  11. I’m disgusted. As a LB homeowner, business owner and former store owner, the fact that the city has to needle in and nickle and dime residents is unacceptable. The city runs events in City Hall Plaza and on the Boardwalk ALL THE TIME. I would like to know if they have mercantile licenses. And honestly, the businesses that participate in these events are community women, stay at home moms, PTA board members, and local store owners. After Sandy, we have all had to make changes in the scope of how our businesses are run, and for many of us, these “pop up” events are the only we way we can still interact with our customers. Quite frankly, I think the city should be more concerned with the state of our dirty streets and train station, drug dealers, gang violence and overall deterioration in our standards of living here in LB. Its getting worse, not better.

  12. The pop ups are generally in a restaurant for apx 4 hours, most often on Ladies Night and sell clothing and jewelry to impulse buyers. These ‘shops’ don’t do harm to any local retailer. They’re flea market in nature and just offer a little something extra and fun to the restaurant customers. Wonder what kind of person called the police over something so minor. Sad.

  13. The difference in this case all the vendors at the Jewelry district have (or supposedly) have the same permits and same costs and nobody is at a “favored” status

    Sidewalks bustling with shoppers? Saturday afternoon around 4:15PM I drove down to Park between National and Edwards (by the Craft & Variety) There were easily 10 parking spots curbside and another 20 in the median parking. 2 Weeks before Christmas and it was desolate. Perhaps everyone was over at the illegal pop ups in the West End waiting for the Electric Light parade.

  14. FYI….the person who called the police is a storeowner in town. While I understand and appreciate the fact that the storeowner resents that they pay rent and ‘pop-up’s’ do not, here’s something for them to consider:

    1. Pop-ups help to bring business to the restaurants they set up in. Our restaurants in Long Beach struggle to survive the long winter. If hosting ‘pop-ups’ helps the restaurants to fill their tables and pay their rents…should anyone deny them the ability to do so?

    2. If a ‘pop-up’ and a local store renter carry the same merchandise….shouldn’t the store owner complain to the manufacturer for selling them both in the first place, rather than the police?

    3. How about this…..what’s stopping the local store owner from doing pop-ups too? Retail is difficult these days…pop-ups offer another way to expand on one’s business.

    Everyone has a right to make a living. Some of us cannot afford to set up a store, but have to hustle in other ways. Many lost businesses from Sandy, many are struggling to pay mortgages, many are still not in their homes, we all have bills to pay…..to the store owner that called the police….SHAME on you, have a heart.

    The vendors that pop-up are doing so because they need to make a living, too.

  15. gotta love the “fees”..they make you pay them then you NEVER get the actual paid goods. still waiting for my license…
    and if you don’t pay for the invisible paper, you get more late fees and fines.

  16. yes, buy local from a storefront who sells jewelry and gifts that are made in china, rather than the contraband locally crafted goods in the forbidden underground pop up shops of the west end. makes total sense.

  17. This is where good and qualified governing sorts the good laws from the bad.

    When government chooses to regulate, it usually does in response to a horrible incident, a special interest lobby or to raise revenue. With regulation comes responsibility. If you control something, you have to do it impartially and consistently.

    Many years ago, the City, in an effort to keep out Seven-Eleven outlawed 24 hour stores. But the idiots made an exception for Waldbaums because they liked Waldbaums. So the CIty got sued and they lost. Three million dollars. To the credit of 7-11, all they wanted was to open their store; they never took the money.

    “Pop-up stores” are a rather new creation.

    Maybe our Council (which writes our laws) could get together with a business group and some of the folks involved and revisit these prohibitions? Rewrite laws to help business instead of fleecing it.

    The goal should be letting existing and new business grow and not just beating them over the heads for more and more revenue.

  18. I appreciate all the comments and feedback on this subject. Like Eddie says, “Pop-up stores” are a rather new creation. I do see them as a way to help the restaurants that host them, as well as giving a boost to local artisans who, otherwise, cannot maintain a store or are just trying to make a living down here.

  19. Maybe they’re afraid pop-up nail salons will lead to more vacancies. 🙂

    It doesn’t surprise me its another business owner. The driver for regulations is often big companies that can afford new regulations to stifle new competitors.

    We all want businesses to succeed, but maybe we’re not the ones paying rent for a coffee shop that now has to compete for a pop up gourmet coffee stand in a deli.

  20. i think it should be clarified that these pop up shops are organized through arts in the plaza which happens on saturdays during the summer in front of city hall. its not food vendors or pop up coffee shops, they are local artists. these are the same artists/vendors that are permitted to sell in front of city hall alongside the farmers market. the arts can only enrich a community, not take away from it.

  21. I have a few multi-part questions – Why is it that the streets were empty, as Captain Obvious pointed out, 2 weeks before Christmas. Is it that we don’t have the things people want to buy in our stores? Or perhaps there is a better selection and price elsewhere? Are the streets in RVC crowded? Oceanside? or is everyone simply at the malls? Have the streets ever been crowded with shoppers? I keep hearing how the restaurants are struggling. Is this a post Sandy phenomenon or is it the norm? Do all the restaurants struggle or a select few, and if so, what do they do different than the successful places? There also seems to be pervasive disdain for nails salons, any reason for that?

  22. The City Council raised Long Beach City commercial property taxes nearly 50% since they were elected. This has destroyed just about every business in town. Crime has risen 30%, with four high-profile shootings. Locals are having trouble paying their new taxes and increased rent after Sandy’s losses. The movie theater is closed. Many of the businesses remaining are owned by scumbags. Property values are down 25%. This is the leadership that brought Long Beach down in the 1970’s by moving in welfare, and the same element is blockbusting today. That’s why there are no shoppers here.

  23. I don’t have too many ideas about these issues but have always wondered why the shops don’t stay open late a few nights a week. Especially the ones near restaurants where there might be pedestrian traffic that could be beneficial to both the restaurants and the shops.

  24. And don’t forget the increases in insurance costs – auto, homeowners, flood. I can tell you that in my household budget, those items have skyrocketed since Sandy. I think I am paying $10K a year now for homeowners, flood, and insurance for two cars. Anyone thinking of buying in LB better survey their insurance cost increases.

  25. I shop in local stores and I shop at the pop up shops. The pop up shops last for one afternoon or evening. Occasionally, some of the pop ups recur, but that is often seasonal & they aren’t selling more than once a week. Our stores sre open 5, 6, 7 days a week with opportunities to sell that pop ups can never provide. From a shopper’s point of view, there is more than enough room in the LB commercial landscape for everyone. I’m so disappointed to hear that a shop owner felt the need to report the pop ups to the police. These shops have been going on since Sandy, in the spirit of cooperation and convenience. We need to continue to be creative and supportive here, not have people looking over their shoulders. Let’s change the law to protect pop ups, but more importantly, let’s eradicate the mindset that hurt them in the first place. Stand together, LB.

  26. The Mercantile License in Long Beach is a joke. I got a call at the end of October saying they couldn’t process my license because I hadn’t paid my sign fees. I called them to let them know, that I don’t, nor have I ever had any signs. A day later I got my renewal notice for my 2015 license, and looked up on my wall to see that I still hadn’t even received my 2014 license. So in fact, I had gone from Dec 2013 to November 2014 w/o a valid license that I had paid for. Now I paid for my 2015 license and STILL never got my license for 2014… It’s just a joke – they have no problem taking my money but don’t do their job to actually GET ME MY LICENSE!

  27. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems pretty simple. The businesses are struggling or outright closing because they don’t have a better product (no differentiation from the alternative), they had unrealistic revenue ideas, they didn’t look at the competition thoroughly, perhaps a bad location in town, and ultimately they can’t afford the taxes/rent. Who’s fault is it? When they signed the lease agreement or bought that storefront and ran the numbers they should have known. These businesses that are struggling/closing had unrealistic business plans, did they not?
    As for the tables that “pop-up” in a restaurant, it’s embarrassing that the City even gives a turd, but then again, that $300 Mercantile License fee offsets about 1-1/2 – 2 hours per year of that that $250,000 police officer that busted you.

  28. Let me guess, Eileen, you live in Long Beach and you only care about yourself. The hell with the local taxpaying merchants! You can save a dime shopping at the pop-ups! It’s all about you, right. You probably drive a Toyota too. How dare those American workers demand more than the Japs! It’s all about you, right? So when the last store closes up, and your taxes double, you’ll pack up those nick-nacks you bought at the pop up, demand the government reduces your rent, then move to another town you don’t support and watch it run to the ground. ou are proudly Typical Long Beach Eileen.

  29. Mr Wexler,
    FYI…..merchants are welcome to try pop-ups at restaurants too. It would give them additional exposure and help to pay those taxes.
    Popups are not about saving a dime as you accuse Eileen of doing…..is being able to shop from a more varied inventory than some stores in town have.
    I am acquainted with several of the vendors of pop-ups. Many are your neighbors, who drive American and pay their taxes. They are just trying to survive, too.
    When is the last time you shopped locally?

  30. Each applicant for a permit required by this section, before being granted the permit, shall pay to the city treasurer the following annual permit fee for each sign:

    (1)For a permit required by this section to erect or maintain a sign or for the renewal of any such permit, the fee shall be fifty dollars ($50.00).

    (2)The fee for a canopy permit shall be one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00).

    (3)The fee for a marquee permit shall be two hundred ($200.00).

    (4)The fees established in this section and the permits required by this division shall be renewed annually.

    https://www.municode.com/library/ny/long_beach/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH3ADSIPOBI_ARTISI_S3-7PRAPALDI

  31. It’s not even a ‘shop’ for crying out loud! In Long Beach it’s a table in an established place and maybe a rack to hold hanging clothes on, most often in a restaurant for an evening or afternoon. And all the LB pop ups I’ve been to have been from local women. The crybabies and naysayers in our midst have reached a new low with this type of complaint. Go live somewhere else if you don’t like what goes on here.

  32. These so called pop ups/ladies nights don’t make a dent in a brick and mortar store….if the business owner feels that this hurting their business I assure you, it is NOT. Storefronts have longer hours exterior display, merchandising and room to do their own events……How do I know this because I had a store in town but was forced to close after the storm for financial reasons…..I hosted ladies nights in my store all the time and did quite well……you want your business to grow…..WORK, put the effort in and be good to your community who are your customers/clients. Stop worrying that someone is selling a necklace in a restaurant, think how you can make your business better. Competition is good, it forces you to reinvent yourself as opposed to going to 32nd street to fill a suitcase with junk and sell it at very high profits. Someone is selling costume jewelry and/or accessories for a few hours in a restaurant on a table can’t possibly make a dent in your store. Their business is hurting because they are horrible women (this proves it) and it all comes back. They pat themselves on the back for a job well done….They stop people from making a buck……These 2 lowlifes forgot that they started by subletting a small space within another business paying hundreds in rent while the rest of us paid thousands……no one liked the idea but this is America so they had the right……then they were busy chasing ambulances after the storm (seeing who was staying in their locations so they could jump in their coffins, scavenging for fixtures of damaged stores), now they have a big girl store and think they are the retail mafia…..They are a sad joke. ……I cannot keep my mouth shut one more second…….you may not agree but this is how people start businesses in America…..Anyone see the “JOBS” movie, Apple started in his parents garage……

  33. wow…. street vigilante justice at it’s best. the holiday spirit is strong with you i see. with any luck maybe santa will bring you some crochet or knitting needles to channel your misdirected anger into. you never know, you may find yourself selling your knitted wares next year at a pop up shop….

  34. The restaurant where they pop up would get a summons. A Long Beach restaurant would get a summons. Is that what you hope happens?
    These restaurants pay rent/taxes……shouldn’t they be allowed to be inventive (in this case hosting holiday boutiques)…..to help their business succeed. The pop ups on Saturday were hosted by ALL the restaurants in the west end. It’s called a community.

  35. I don’t know much about this issue but I know that store owners in the city rightfully complain about vendors on the sidewalk who compete with them. They pay no rent, insurance and other items of overhead.

    But this seems to be somewhat different.

  36. what about holiday boutique sales in churches and schools? are they going to be their target next? treating these vendors like criminals is completely ridiculous.

  37. As someone that grew up in Long Beach, shops locally and shopped at the pop-up stores I am outraged at this conversation. There are many facts that are being omitted…

    1. Some of the local pop-up stores are selling man-made products in addition to some “local artist.” I can respect a pop-up store selling handmade one of a kind art, but selling products that are not unique does take away from the local economy.

    2. The local businesses are hurt by the constant fairs that occur in town, no one shops locally on boardwalk fair days, but I assume the local businesses were aware of that when they choose Long Beach to open a business. The additional pop-up stores that against Long Beach ordinances were probably not part of their business plan.

    3. If a local business person did report this, they have just cause, they are paying taxes to support this city and making Long Beach what it is, if the pop up stores are taking away from that and hurting their profit they have a right to complain about something that is illegal. Complaining about something illegal that is taking away from their business is not petty, it is them protecting what they have worked for.

    4. The temples, churches, and schools do have pop-up sales, but those profits are going to charity, or a local cause. The pop-up stores that seem to be affected by this issue are individuals that are out to make a profit for themselves, which has been clearly stated above. There is a very big difference. Having a sale to better a local school or religious group is admirable. Having a sale for personal profit in a location that does not have the proper permits, and the individual does not have any overhead is greedy, selfish, and takes away from the local economy at the expensive of their own personal gain.

    5. Many of the local business were able to survive Sandy, due to careful planning, if a business was not able to survive that is awful and I feel bad for those store owners, but that just screams poor planning and a poor business model of their part. There were many incentives and groups that were willing to help local businesses, did they try to take advantage of any that? Many businesses did move, I can think of 3 off of the top of my head. Those business are still struggling, and are trying to make it, if these new popups are taking away from that, shame on them. These popups are hurting Long Beach, by taking away from the overall economy. Local restaurants have survived every winter prior to these new stores, they still will without them.

    6. Some of these local pop-ups are also shining a negative light on Long Beach. A few weeks ago, the FBI came into a restaurant across the street from the Library to bust a pop-up for selling illegal handbags. First, this hurt the local store that sells mainly handbags, and second what kind of light does this shine on Long Beach? I was so embarrassed for this restaurant when I saw this happen. This pop-up put the restaurant in a terrible position.

    7. [SECTION DELETED]

    8. The City of Long Beach offers many opportunities for popup stores to have a booth legally, at the farmers market, the ice arena, the boardwalk fair, etc…. These popup stores are taking advantage at this point for their own personal gain.

    9. Many local stores do stock local artists, and promote their products, but selling manufactured goods at the same prices of the local stores, who have a big overheard is where I personally take issue.

    I think Long Beach is a great place, with great stores, and great local artists, I just feel people need to follow the laws that have been put in place by their local elected politicians. I think the popup stores have a place at the many local fairs that Long Beach hosts throughout the year. Those fairs have small fees, which gives back to the City, while also keeping everything legal. Attacking various local business owners for their opinion or trying to abide by the law is unfair and disrespectful. They have successful businesses that they have worked hard for, and if they want to fight for them, that is their right and obligation.

  38. The-Pop-Up-Paradigm-Connections

    If a business expects to survive in a tech world, the business that called in the LBPD* for this needs to purchase the above book. Here’s a thought, invite the author to sell her book at your store one night, serve snacks from another local vendor so people actually go in your establishment and will see what you sell and buy whatever it is this business sells.

    *An aside, did the LBPD actually go to this business for complaint or was the proprietor directed to come to station?

    I’m selling my soul later on Beech Street, how much do I need to pay in fees?

  39. LB justice…..my guess is you are a business renter in town.
    Don’t knock pop-ups till you try it!
    There are several stores in town that pay rent and taxes for their brick and mortar location and in addition, have done pop-ups, the craft fair, arts in the plaza.
    Whether you rent in town, are a stay at home mom trying to help with the bills, a restaurant owner, a local artisan……pop ups increase business activity in the community. It’s a win win all around.
    And…..we do live in America, right? We all have a right to make a living here.
    P.s. Conterfeit handbags in one restaurant is not a statement against pop ups. Counterfeit handbags are illegal…..pop ups should not be.

  40. My post that “enough already” commented on was deleted, despite receiving email confirmation that “enough already” had commented on my post (that was successfully posted). I was just commenting on a community issue.

    If posts get deleted from this website that may not agree with the individual that maintains the site, the integrity of this site is a true question. What is the intention of this thread? I will re-post my my previous post, hopefully it will not get deleted again.

    As someone that grew up in Long Beach, shops locally and shopped at the pop-up stores I am outraged at this conversation. There are many facts that are being omitted…

    1. Some of the local pop-up stores are selling man-made products in addition to some “local artist.” I can respect a pop-up store selling handmade one of a kind art, but selling products that are not unique does take away from the local economy.

    2. The local businesses are hurt by the constant fairs that occur in town, no one shops locally on boardwalk fair days, but I assume the local businesses were aware of that when they choose Long Beach to open a business. The additional pop-up stores that against Long Beach ordinances were probably not part of their business plan.

    3. If a local business person did report this, they have just cause, they are paying taxes to support this city and making Long Beach what it is, if the pop up stores are taking away from that and hurting their profit they have a right to complain about something that is illegal. Complaining about something illegal that is taking away from their business is not petty, it is them protecting what they have worked for.

    4. The temples, churches, and schools do have pop-up sales, but those profits are going to charity, or a local cause. The pop-up stores that seem to be affected by this issue are individuals that are out to make a profit for themselves, which has been clearly stated above. There is a very big difference. Having a sale to better a local school or religious group is admirable. Having a sale for personal profit in a location that does not have the proper permits, and the individual does not have any overhead is greedy, selfish, and takes away from the local economy at the expensive of their own personal gain.

    5. Many of the local business were able to survive Sandy, due to careful planning, if a business was not able to survive that is awful and I feel bad for those store owners, but that just screams poor planning and a poor business model of their part. There were many incentives and groups that were willing to help local businesses, did they try to take advantage of any that? Many businesses did move, I can think of 3 off of the top of my head. Those business are still struggling, and are trying to make it, if these new popups are taking away from that, shame on them. These popups are hurting Long Beach, by taking away from the overall economy. Local restaurants have survived every winter prior to these new stores, they still will without them.

    6. Some of these local pop-ups are also shining a negative light on Long Beach. A few weeks ago, the FBI came into a restaurant across the street from the Library to bust a pop-up for selling illegal handbags. First, this hurt the local store that sells mainly handbags, and second what kind of light does this shine on Long Beach? I was so embarrassed for this restaurant when I saw this happen. This pop-up put the restaurant in a terrible position.

    7. [DELETED]

    8. The City of Long Beach offers many opportunities for popup stores to have a booth legally, at the farmers market, the ice arena, the boardwalk fair, etc…. These popup stores are taking advantage at this point for their own personal gain.

    9. Many local stores do stock local artists, and promote their products, but selling manufactured goods at the same prices of the local stores, who have a big overheard is where I personally take issue.

    I think Long Beach is a great place, with great stores, and great local artists, I just feel people need to follow the laws that have been put in place by their local elected politicians. I think the popup stores have a place at the many local fairs that Long Beach hosts throughout the year. Those fairs have small fees, which gives back to the City, while also keeping everything legal. Attacking various local business owners for their opinion or trying to abide by the law is unfair and disrespectful. They have successful businesses that they have worked hard for, and if they want to fight for them, that is their right and obligation.

  41. My original post has now returned to this site, and has been edited, while other posts that were previously here have been deleted. The integrity of this page has clearly been compromised. It seems that the individual that maintains this website has a clear opinion and has the need to compromise this conversation to display his or her view on the issue. Why are some posts disappearing that were clearly against the popup stores? Why are my posts being deleted from the page, then edited and returned?

    I am not sure what is going on, but what is being hidden?

  42. Wow!
    LB justice……this is a very fair blog.
    In case you don’t understand why portions of the blog had to be deleted…..I am going to explain.
    A merchant in town commented on this blog using another merchants name……
    They obviously realized their negative views might lose them some customers, so they used a false name.
    Obviously…..they have it in for their neighbors brick and mortar, not just pop ups.

  43. Question the integrity all you want, but when I am directly notified of an imposter pretending to be a particular local business, I have to deal with it.

    Call it CONSPIRACY THURSDAY for all I care. I give you guys a lot of leeway and barely moderate, but there are times when moderation is appropriate,

    This is a personal blog, not The Patch or Newsday or the Herald. If you don’t like it, go elsewhere.

  44. THANK YOU @Enough already! This is basically what happened. There is a lot of behind the scenes-stuff going on that many of you don’t know about, unless you do a good guess like ‘Enough already’ did.

  45. Hi Anthony,

    Thank you for the clarification, now that I am aware of an imposter it makes a lot more sense as to why my posts were taken down.  If you look at the situation from my perspective, you could understand why I was questioning everything before you informed us about the imposter.  @Enough already you said a merchant in town used another merchant’s name.  Do you know who did this?  Would you be able to email me their name, I would love to know so I would not shop at their stop knowing that they are capable of such terrible behavior.

  46. Re: a real “brick and mortar” store that’s going broke reopened this weekend for a ‘really-final’ sale – Kings and Things. It may be your last chance to walk around a store in the West End that actually sells “things.” The West End GR Restaurant is now closing at 3 pm every day, no more nights.

    Sorry to go off topic.

  47. You have got to love the resourcefulness of the American spirit. Brick-and-mortar retail sales are going the way of the horse and carriage. I can whine about bad government but most of the cause is simply technology. With the ‘Net and fast delivery, why pay the overhead?

    So someone comes up with “Pop-up retail”. Piggybacking or rather partnering with another brick and mortar business they sell their stuff with very limited overhead — effectively keeping the government regulatory vultures out of their pockets.

    Got to love America, and the resourcefulness of Americans to survive!

    Long Live God’s Republic!

  48. “GR” used to be the West End Coffee shop for years, just open Breakfast and Lunch, at 1042 W Beech. Used to have steady local regulars- food was good, diner food like Laurel. Owner decided to try it as a Greek Restaurant. Might have done ok in town, but not down here. Still has Greek decor but they’re changing it back to more a luncheonette, still some Greek dishes. It’s a lovely little place, especially breakfast. In summer I guess they survived because of outside tables. It’s now “West End GR Diner” I think. Stop in and enjoy some real food in a Brick & Mortar before it becomes a memory, or a pop-up in the back part of Waldbaums.

  49. Oh, yea I used to love West End Coffee shop. Pretty much stopped going once it changed over, didn’t even realize it was the same owner.

    Not sure what a diner/coffee shop has to do with a hard goods store, but ok?

  50. Those stores have nothing in common except my sense of losing “things to do” walking around the West End. I guess I’ll either have to start drinking again or start getting pedicures. Sorry for the confusing stream-of-consciousness post.

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