The businesses in the Oak Park, IL area are stepping up

The businesses in the Oak Park, IL area are stepping up in this new climate to try their best to stay aloft. I made a post about how one business in Oak Park, IL One Stop Comics, made a go fund me page to pay their expenses.

Now I see that on Facebook they are still promoting the go fund me page, but also a (new?) Website for the store to purchase comics, graphic novels and other comic related memorabilia, online which is a sign of the times for most retailers. A lot of retailers are trying to mirror Amazon by doing increasing their market presence online and doing away with the old-fashioned brick and mortar way of doing business (face to face). The same holds true for restaurants in the area.

One business Taco Bros. Which was new on the scene, at least for me, is promoting constantly online that they are open and are taking orders as you read this. Most restaurants in Oak Park, Il base their business model on the average restaurant experience. Experience is the main word here of emphasis, customers go to most restaurants for the experience. And once in a while customers, “play” with take out, and there are a few restaurants in Oak Park, IL, I’m that deal with just that side of the business.

This was obviously before the pandemic, now restaurants must depend on take out or delivery as the main source of revenue. As you heard via the news, a lot of scrutiny is being placed on businesses such as door dash because customers and restaurants presently are highly depending on such services as the middleman for their continued interactions.

With issues occurring with this, organizations are building their own online and delivery channels and actively marketing to the public to maintain revenue. When businesses like Taco Bros or One Stop Comics are going online and saying “hey we are still here” as a community we should respond with our $$$.

 

Taco Bros online menu: https://www.allmenus.com/il/oak-park/598104-taco-bros/menu/

Order from Taco Bros through DoorDash: https://www.doordash.com/store/taco-bros-oak-park-614999/en-US/?utm_campaign=gpa

The new One Stop Comics website that you can order online from:

https://one-stop-comics.myshopify.com/

Ugh I hate the Best buy in Melrose park can it go somewhere?

With the coronavirus hitting a ton of businesses like a brick to head, there are some businesses that are getting their long due desserts. I mean Pier 1, JC Penney, these businesses are blaming the closing of their stores due to covid 19. When really, they have been failing for a long time. Before the virus they blamed customers choosing Amazon and online shopping over their brick and mortar stores.

But damn, whose fault is it that they did not a bigger online presence, better sales or prices, have better customer service? Excuses like this is what these big box stores use to explain their bad behavior, bad business decisions, and lack of changing their organizational behavior to please their customer base.

This is harder for small businesses to do due to a lack or resources, but big box stores have more resources, more money and more chances to make things right to build, maintain and increase their customer base.

For me as an example there is nothing that will have me shed any tears of the Melrose park Best Buy location. The service there is crap, the employees seem to be apathetic and the product displays were horribly presented. I thought if I have to go there since it was closer to oak park than Best Buys north riverside location I would order online. I bought a specific item online, got the email confirming purchase, then received an email that the item was ready. Everything was good to go I got in the car, drove over there, and in the parking lot I got an email stating the item was no longer available and my order cancelled. Cannot get that with Amazon Lol!

Ever since then if I buy anything from Best Buy, which is once in a blue moon I go all the way to the north riverside location. As bad as losing 90,000 plus people is, if the corona “wants” to impact anything, it could impact this best buy location like it did JC Penney or Pier 1. And unfortunately, the organization like the others I mentioned would not have the class, or sense to take responsibility for their bad business decisions. They would foolishly blame this virus, when it’s really their own damn fault. Girl bye.

Oak Park, IL quarantine crazy

I made a couple new pages that are Oak Park, Il related to the quarantine regarding Amazon and the airline industry. You can check them out on the links below. But it is crazy how industries are taking advantage of the quarantine when people on the front lines are really suffering or getting cabin fever from being inside. But that is really not a surprise is it? I mean, Walmart had their Aquafina 32 bottled water usually for 4.99 to 3.99 BEFORE the coronavirus. Now the big box giant is charging $5.99 with no sales in sight, these increase or stabilization to their regular higher prices include Antibacterial wipes, antibacterial soap, etc., so it is not just individual hoarders fucking us over.

There are a couple of local businesses that are doing the whole curb side service thing here in Oak Park, Il so we can still patronize them that way. You can google them online and going onto their social media accounts we can still shop local and responsibly. This also keeps the local businesses in business so that we are not stuck with the big box retailers that are taking advantage of the” little people” in this time. So please take the time to research and shop locally.

 

On WordPress:

https://oakparkilblog.wordpress.com/the-amazon-relief-fund/

https://oakparkilblog.wordpress.com/airlines-getting-a-bail-out-because-of-the-coronavirus/

On Blogger:

https://oakparkilblog.blogspot.com/p/the-amazon-relief-fund.html

https://oakparkilblog.blogspot.com/p/i-usually-do-not-get-political-but-i.html

Confusing parking Signs “A letter to the editor”

I recently read a “letter to the editor” on Oakpark.com about the confusing parking signs and I found it hilarious. The author, I hope is being sarcastic, is hoping that the new parking signs will encourage more walking and more bike lanes. The reality is that more walking is not in the cards for tourists and visitors who come to Oak Park, IL with major dollars to spend. They are trying that crap in downtown Chicago, but there are a couple of differences between the Oak Park, IL’s downtown and Chicago’s downtown.

There is a huge population in Chicago that pays tons of freaking taxes that subside bike lanes that Oak Park, IL does not have, obviously if the author of this article is being true to themselves then they like to pay MORE taxes (property, etc.). Second the layout of Chicago is massive compared to the compact area Oak Park, IL encompasses the bike lanes with hinder travel even more than it already is. Imagine local businesses trying to get deliveries, or how about regular people like you and me getting regular packages with more bike lanes taking up those parking spots?

The reality is that the parking signs are a mess and the spots available for parking for EVERYONE, needs adjustment or realignment. Major businesses that are invested in Oak Park, IL are going to wonder if their customers will have enough parking for the upcoming holiday season as they battle Amazon and other online retailers these businesses will want the make their brick and mortar stores even more attractive not less, because of less parking places.

That is something most residents do not understand, if they want there “haven” in Oak Park, Il to remain that way, nowadays they need to do. For the future Oak Park, Il needs to build and restructure its infrastructure not eliminate it. That revenue made from parking passes, village stickers, etc., with new bike lanes and more “walking” means that the village board will need to sell more properties to development companies to build an Albion development just to offset the money lost with the elimination of those tax dollars.

Yes, lets eliminate parking spaces altogether and see the chaos unfold.

 

Here is the article/letter to the editor that made me laugh so much:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/9-5-2017/Confusing-parking-signs-encourage-walking/