Category Archives: Business Spotlight

Looking at one specific business

Stopped by Darrell’s Tavern Tonight

I’ll be doing a full write up on Dan (the owner) sometime soon, but I didn’t want to wait even a second longer to let people know what I thought.  15 years ago, I stopped by this place with my brother to play some pool.  That was long before I became fascinated by the world of self employment and entrepreneurship.  I have to admit, I hadn’t been back until tonight.

Well, things look different to me now. These days, I’m on a mission to help the community to see local business owners as artists.  Local businesses are doing their best to keep us connected to each other.  Local businesses are the heart of makes a community.  We don’t need another Walmart or another Verizon store (I have a Verizon phone BTW and don’t mind driving to the mall when I need to go to a Verizon store. I don’t need one closer.).  These mega corporations are siphoning money out of our cities and into their global bank accounts, leaving only enough left to pay the staff.  In exchange, they provide less than a hand shaking “how’s-your-family” feel and they funnel us through their systems like cows in a feed line.

Darrell’s Tavern is one of those places you need to stop by to see if it feels good to you.  Introduce yourself to Dan and let him know who you are.  Rather than just shopping locally when it comes to your food, try going out for a beer to a local establishment.  Try Darrell’s Tavern.  Stay tuned for more.


Cafe Aroma – Not just the place to be, but the place to be often!

On the corner of 5th and 165th, is another gem of the city.   Many of us have been there, sometimes present to our own lives, and sometimes present to what’s around us.  But either way, I can say with almost near certainty, your experience was remarkable.  The barista smiled, your order came quickly, and it was delicious.  I know this, because I know the owner, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.  Next week, Lyanne Scott and I will catch up, and I’ll get a chance to present the real story behind the woman who found a way to change people’s lives, by filling their bellies with yummy goodness.  Stay tuned.  

Wallcotts Decor and More – Just go there, you’ll see. Words can’t do this place justice

I stopped by Wallcotts Decor and More today. What a beautiful store. I could tell from the parking lot that there was some good Juju to be had in there. In the next week or so, I’ll be profiling Louise, who owns the place and I’m sure you’ll agree, Wallcotts is one of the hidden gems of Shoreline. But hey, instead of hidden, let’s flaunt it. Wallcotts will brighten your day just by walking in the place. Watch for my review next week.