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/

One Stop Comics needs our support revisited

I made a web page about this subject, but I felt it was important to repeat, that one of our local staples in the village One Stop comics has started a Go fund me page to help balance out the cost of closing during the pandemic.

Without any new comic books to sell, and not being considered an essential business, the cost of having a physical store without new product to sell is extensive. One Stop Comics is a true small business story of a guy doing what he loves and making it work for decades while becoming a fabric of the local community. In fact, his store is always full during free comic day. Where he tries to engage each customer (as he always does) and help cultivate the kids’ interest in reading during this annual event.

Now, due to the coronavirus expenses are added up and to save this institution there is a go fund me page to help assist this Oak Park, IL institution stay alive. Not only is a great place to visit but being a fellow Cubs fan, it is a great place to talk sports and comics. So, donate and/or spread the word to help this institution:

The Go Fund me page for One Stop Comics:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-one-stop-comics-in-oak-park?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

The online store powered by WordPress: http://onestopcomics.net/?fbclid=IwAR2w59joqcu6FOpnN3Maq07XoEOtdIvDNc2UM7qAgrZr8DGC79GoiG32Db0

The online Ebay store: https://www.ebay.com/str/onestopcomicsreal

The webpage mentioned on blogger:

https://oakparkilblog.blogspot.com/p/i-believe-i-have-stated-on-this-blog.html

The webpage mentioned on WordPress:

https://oakparkilblog.wordpress.com/one-stop-comics-in-oak-park-il-needs-our-support/

 

Dirty Stores in Oak Park, Il and elsewhere

You go into the stores to go grocery shop you see the signs that state they are opening at a certain time. The reason why they open at this time is because they have to do a cleaning in a certain way to make sure the COVID-19 does not spread to their workers and customers. With that said, it makes you wonder what the hell were doing before the pandemic in regard to cleaning.

How dirty were these fucking stores? How filthy were they and how did they help with the spread of other viruses beforehand? Now with the new hours in place are these businesses cleaning in according to some mystical guidelines that the rest of us are not aware of? Is this where all the cleaning supplies that we, as customers, cannot find on store shelves?

How do we know if these workers are really cleaning the stores properly, especially since the majority of the time we go into these stores most of these employees are apathetic? Which you cannot really blame them, but how can we trust that it is done right? Are there classes or training sessions done to make sure that the employees are knowledgeable in cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19 are is the whole cleaning process making things worse?

Oak Park, IL’s non-existent night life

Lack of a night life is great for family peeps and the elderly but dont complain about being overtaxed because there is a lack of businesses to help shoulder the support of the financial burdens that the village incurs. The price of having such a community comes high and there is no reason to think it should come cheap. The need for redevelopment and restructuring of the zoning in the village is necessary to commit to the village’s evolution.

Partnering with local area communities is a necessity to encourage growth and welcome needed tax dollars that are merely being withheld or used elsewhere, anywhere that is not here. That lack of grammatical structure notwithstanding. The jist is because there is no nightlife the area is deemed boring and extra coin that could assist residents in paying for other bills or projects that warm the “liberal” hearts of the village’s residents is not being earned.

There is nothing wrong with spots, restaurants, bars, etc., open until 3 am if properly regulated, one does not need to go straight into the metropolitan area to get their kicks. Those who frequent such businesses can stay within the area and patronize it these local businesses and give us in the area a much needed leg up if the village was more welcoming to these businesses in the first place. Until it is this area will just stay known as a boring cultural let down where the favorite pastime after 9pm is sleeping.

The closing of the Oak Park market

The sad thing about this, is that this is another business in Oak Park, IL that failed and the residents nor the village of Oak Park, IL did not come out to support this fledging business. To hear that the owner was hoping that residents from the Austin area would come out or that he understood those Austin residents believe the market was for “oak parkers” says a lot.

As I have always said there is a lack of marketing in Oak Park, IL I mean you cannot even post a real estate sign to sell your home, so the marketing of a new business from a customer standpoint is non existent. For the owners to believe that Oak Parkers would come out to support the store was foolish because it was on North Avenue which most in Oak Park, IL feel is part of Chicago or the “border” so not really part of Oak Park, IL. Plus, Oak Park, IL residents rather spend their money within the core of Oak Park, IL (not downtown as much) than on the outskirts. Playing Devil’s advocate, naming your business “Oak Park” does not mean that people from Oak Park, IL will automatically come out either.

The other part of this statement by the owner that the people form the Austin area believed that this store was for Oak Parkers is telling. Well, he did name the store for Oak Park for one! Second what does that say when a store is linked to the village and the neighboring residents from Chicago for example do not want to patronize it? What type of negative connation is linked with Oak Park in general that makes people stay away and not patronize stores that are needed in the area?

I think the answers are in the comments as a few commenters feel badly about how the store was ran, but also about their neighbors for not coming out to support a business in their namesake. The comments are golden so read a couple! The main point is that there was no practical research is this business plan when you drive down North Avenue you see that the businesses on this border have extensive difficulty if they are not practically based in the demands of the community. Nor believing that the residents would come out to support anything that espouses the name “Oak Park” is foolish, Oak Park, IL is the snake eating its own tail, chewing on its own lies and paying the price.

This is the article that talks about the closing of the Oak Park market:

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/2-15-2019/Oak-Park-Market-near-closing/#Comment-1b4eb16ad29bf7e5da92832cc1028019

Oak Park, IL: the Connelly’s Public house letter

Meanwhile as I was ranting and raving about how Oak Park, IL does not take care of the local businesses in its downtown area. I believe I forgot to post the letter that Connelly’s Public house (that’s the name!) posted to their door when they closed slamming Oak Park, IL for their business failing due to the construction of the nearby condos in the area on South Boulevard.

The posted letter is damning, funny and altogether true, Oak Park, IL does forget local businesses in their village and does not promote them the way they should.  Because unless you physically walked in the are you would not have known that Connelly’s Public House was there or that the Chinese restaurant before it was replaced by it! Oak Park, il is sure quick to remember its “history” but not to promote its present commerce bodies in the area.

When you think of the tax revenue alone that is lost by failing businesses in the area as residents, it does make you sick to your stomach. In the photos I got of the area during construction, you can see it is a nice sunny day, however there is no traffic, car or foot in the area. However, if you go a block north there was tons of traffic. Oak Park, iL must do better in promoting and acknowledging that businesses are in the area for them to flourish and help us care the immense tax burden that the village officials like to heap on everyone here. Hell, to even bring in tourists and local shoppers or even establish a better night life scene Oak Park, IL has to do better by looking out for businesses like the Connelly’s Public house before the entire downtown area becomes a ghost town.

I pity the fool who thought I was dead (been watching a lot of old tv)

Hey there I am not dead… yet. I have been so busy after graduation from Roosevelt  trying to find a new job.  Unfortunately job searching is like a job onto itself and does not leave time for the finer things. Plus I have had a lot of personal shit literally shit/rain down upon me from all angles it is really not funny. I still feel like once you reside or have resided in Oak Park, IL you are basically cursed for life!

I have been looking out of state for jobs because this area is, Oak Park, Chicago and Illinois in general is not very pro business or employment. Not in the modern business sense at least. So I have been searching outside of the state to like Denver, Colorado to Los Angeles, California anywhere that has opportunity and less bullshit that Oak Park, IL has, creates or even brings.

Now that I have done the student-masters thing you would think employers here would be naturally breaking down my door but not here. Hell I have gotten offers from Minneapolis to Utah but i have experienced enough Chicago winters to last a lifetime to go north like that. I will break down the rest of the shit later on (hopefully). Peace

Oak Park, Il related: Reviews on Google and Yelp

I have been updating the Google account for Oak Park, Il blog, specifically, google maps because you can review businesses and restaurants just like Yelp.com. Since I am already on yelp I am copying and pasting the reviews from Yelp to Google. This way I am consistent across the board with what I am saying about my experiences in Oak Park, Il and elsewhere. I am no nonsense with the reviews so I hope you enjoy them.

I am trying to keep all the accounts from Google/Blogger/Maps to WordPress to Yelp all on the same wavelength not being a major corporation it is very hard to keep all these social media sites plus Facebook together and on the same point. It is fairly simple once you get in a groove and keep all the outside noise out.

These are a basic simple guideline list on how I am doing the review thingee I am talking about:

  • log into both yelp and google
  • open up your account on yelp to reviews
  • open up google maps
  • copy the information from yelp (business name, address)
  • put it in google maps search
  • click onto the right business information on google
  • scroll down to write a review click it
  • just copy and paste the review from yelp to google

Sorry, it has some holes not my thing to create lists like this!

Free Comic Book day in Oak Park, IL …fucking yuppies

So I goes to enjoy free comic book day with the nephew this past Saturday, and take him to the local spot in Oak Park, Il probably one of the better places in the City: One Stop Comics. The main guy there, Rick helped me once when I was trying to figure out what to buy my nephew who loves the Avengers’ and Captain America movies. Plus, I am always trying to make sure he reads a lot so that he does not become another statistic who cannot read jack.

Judging by the foot traffic on free comic book day this is a big day for the store and they offer one free book per customer, then two free books if you buy something and three free books if you buy over $20. I love getting something “free” however I am not one of those people who does not know marketing and economics the books must come at a cost to the store and as a local I want to make sure I do my part and buy $20 plus of books to not only get the maximum of free books but support a local business.

I know, where is the bitching about anything or something? The problem was, of course, the yuppie ass parent who just came into the business to get a free comic book and leave. Yup, saw it myself, as we were trying to get to the free book display, there was a crowd of parents simply standing there, talking. Just motherfucking talking. Not getting a book and then finding some additional items to accompany the free gift this store was giving away, not trying to spend a couple of bucks to keep this business open for the next free comic book day.

Just standing there in the fucking way, I literally had to get in the personal space of three different parents like they dropped the soap in prison to have them acknowledge they were in the way! “sorry!” Come on you know this is not the place to have a PTA meeting take that to Starbucks, and leave the free comic books for the people who love comic books like my nephew and put a couple bucks into the local businesses in the village. What burns my ass, even more, is that these are the same people who will whine that there are no small businesses in the area and all the big box, big chain companies are taking over and changing the aesthetics and culture of this village. Well, how are small businesses supposed to exist if you only take from these businesses and do not put the dollars back into the community and businesses like this one? Anyway, Free Comic book day is great so go to a local comic book store and get a free book for the kids or yourself but then spend a couple of dollars so they stay open and can stay a fixture in the community.

What burns my ass, even more, is that these are the same people who will whine that there are no small businesses in the area and all the big box, big chain companies are taking over and changing the aesthetics and culture of this village. Well, how are small businesses supposed to exist if you only take from these businesses and do not put the dollars back into the community and businesses like this one? Anyway, Free Comic book day is great so go to a local comic book store and get a free book for the kids or yourself but then spend a couple of dollars so they stay open and can stay a fixture in the community.

Anyway, Free Comic book day is great so go to a local comic book store and get a free book for the kids or yourself but then spend a couple of dollars so they stay open and can stay a fixture in the community.

Here is the link to know more about Free Comic book day and find stores that are participating:

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Taco Bell in Oak Park, Il

OMG so Oak park, IL is going to get a Taco Bell?? Awesome, for my late night tummy, but not for the historic sensibility of the area or its residents! Right on Madison Street too!

I see by the comments that the residents understand what type of impact that this restaurant chain moving into their area would mean for the village, in fact it destroys the “look” of Oak Park, Il and the chance for smaller businesses to have an opportunity to come in and grow. But what the hell, since the Mayor and Village board love selling Oak Park away and the residents allow it to happen everything is cool until it brings unwanted streams of traffic, destroys the parking structure in the neighborhood or bring unwanted violence from the people driving through Oak park, Il and wanting that late-night taco fix.

Geez, I have to go all the way to the Forest park, IL Taco bell for grub and those fools look shady in that mother but can fix a mean taco. The resistance to this new Taco bell reminds me of the resistance facing the new Taco Bell being introduced in the Pilsen area. The residents crying about “authentic flavor” but like the new location in Oak Park, IL the sites for development each have been empty for years. So instead of crying about some chain coming in and ruining the ambiance of the area residents should have worked to get smaller businesses into those spots, so Taco Bell would have no choice but to go elsewhere.

Quit crying this is the new Oak park, IL if you are going to do nothing but cry about it and vote the same idiots who ruin your peaceful little village, then don’t worry about it

Here is the article discussing the new neighbor on Madison Street:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/4-27-2017/Taco-Bell-headed-for-Madison-Street-in-Oak-Park/

Taco bell in Pilsen:

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170405/pilsen/taco-bell-is-coming-pilsen-area-some-neighbors-are-insulted