Entrepreneurs offer glimmers of hope
There is a lot of bad news out there these days, on both the local and national fronts. More people are losing jobs, the Dow Jones continues its wild daily fluctuations, and the upper valley’s largest construction project at Base Village is on hold indefinitely.
We could all use a bit of good news. So it’s worth noting that, even in the depths of this recession, people are starting new businesses and showing the kind of optimism that buoys everyone’s spirits.
Recently, despite all the admittedly grim stories about the economy, this newspaper has published stories about new restaurants in the midvalley. One, the Midland Baking Co., opened in the downtown Basalt space where the Weinerstube Restaurant hung its sign for a couple of years. The other, Darwin’s, has moved into the space near the Movieland theaters where El Korita served its fine Mexican food before moving just upvalley to the Willits Town Center.
We applaud these entrepreneurs for taking a risk at an uncertain time, and we urge locals to support them.
The Bakery, run by Aleece and Quinn Gallagher, is already earning fine reviews for its pastries and sweets. It also offers grab-and-go soups and sandwiches at lunchtime.
And there’s nothing like a solid family meal before walking next door for an evening at the movies. Darwin’s, launched by Steve Sklar, a co-owner of Big Hoss Grill in Snowmass who also ran Aspen’s now-closed Grill Next Door, sounds like just the kind of affordable, family-friendly place that the midvalley needs.
In this country and this community, we’re accustomed to seeing new businesses open and compete for customers. Sometimes, sadly, they fail, as we’ve seen with a number of Aspen and Basalt enterprises recently. But it’s especially unnerving when there’s no money to borrow and so much economic activity simply freezes. In many respects and many markets, that’s what this downturn has meant: that sinking feeling of a boarded-up, unoccupied storefront.
To see some local entrepreneurs going out on a limb to start new businesses is heartening. It’s a ray of sunshine in an otherwise chilly environment.
So we applaud these midvalley restaurateurs and anyone else starting new ventures these days. We wish them good luck.
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