Ken Martin: CV Residents Are Starving Our Merchants

Castro Valley citizens are causing financial hardship for the local merchants.

Ken Martin is Castro Valley Patch's newest blogger.

Castro Valley residents need to wake up! They, not the construction on the Boulevard, are the cause of the financial hardship visited upon the Boulevard merchants. It is not that difficult to get to these businesses. Because our residents might have to walk an extra 100 feet or take and extra 10 minutes to get there, they are damaging these merchants, some of them possibly beyond repair.

People of Castro Valley, it is YOU that are creating the financial problems for these businesses. The construction is just a flimsy excuse for not making the effort to patronize them.

For some time now I have admonished the people of Castro Valley for doing business "over the hill" without even trying to find available equivalent businesses in Castro Valley. Now they have run this abominable practice to the extreme, with "the mess on the Boulevard" as their weak excuse for continuing a detrimental action of which they have been guilty for years even when there ws no construction.

Many of these merchants have supported this community for decades, not only by supplying needed commodities, but many of them sponsor community events and improvement programs, at least in spirit but also financially. Isn't it only fair that we, the residents of Castro Valley, extend ourselves a little to help them now? Put yourselves out a little! Walk the extra 100 feet! Take the extra 10 minutes!

These business people need your concern and your help. CV citizens have come together to help in time of need in the past. Here is another time of need. Let's show some of that Castro Valley compassion that has surfaced before!   

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Analisa Harangozo November 02, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Just to put this out there for those in favor of a Golden Corral. Though we may not get one in CV, our unincorporated neighbors of San Lorenzo may see one in the future: http://patch.com/A-mfbT.
David Ross November 02, 2011 at 05:07 AM
Thanks for the info, Analisa. Kashi food? To quote an old ad, "where's the beef?" There's more people going to restaurants with meat and fish than vegetarian restaurants. Why? Because only about 8 million people in the USA are vegetarians. About 23 million follow a vegetarian inclined diet. That leaves 90% of the population who eat a balanced meal of protein (i.e. meat, chicken, fish) and vegetables. http://www.vegetariantimes.com/features/archive_of_editorial/667
Kathy Mathisen November 02, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Wow. Interesting debate. I must say that being passionate about the food you choose to put in your family's bodies is not ridiculous. It is a pity that so much wholesome food is so expensive. One restaurant (not in CV, unfortunately) my family loves is the Sideboard in Danville. Their motto is always local, organic when possible. It is not a "white tablecloth" place, but a very casual eatery, and whenever we go there, we beg them to open another outlet in CV. Fingers crossed!
Rachel Bradley-Gomez November 02, 2011 at 05:56 PM
I too would love to see such a restaurant open in Castro Valley, Kathy. The concept of a "blue plate special" of "Mom's Meatloaf", for instance, made with local grass fed beef, ground in house, lower in fat because it wasn't raised on a feed lot in the Mid West, served with a wild mushroom gravy and lovely, buttery Yukon gold mashed potatoes, organic braised collard greens with house smoked bacon for $10.99, is what I'm talking about. It's fresh, simple, unpretentious, nutritious, local, affordable, from scratch and seasonal. How about line caught, fresh, local Ling cod, beer battered with a side of sweet potato fries and a show stopping coleslaw for $10.99? How about a burger to end all others, priced lower than Val's Papa Burger, made with better quality, fresher, local meat, sans line out the door, better service and leaner to boot? How about a lovely chopped salad with fresh organic veggies, toasted pumpkin seeds, and amazing herb and fresh goat cheese dressing for $6.99? It's doable people. When you start carefully dissecting what you get with highly processed factory made foods, there is virtually no value to be had, regardless of how low the price may be.
Ken Martin November 02, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Whoa, people!! If I remember correctly, a long time ago, the premise of this discussion was about how we can help the Boulevard merchants during the construction mess. We seem to have strayed through business acquisition to restaurant acquisition to having some healthy food maven telling us what we should eat and that we aren't too bright if we if we just eat what we please. Let's get back to supplying helpful suggestions as to how we can keep our merchants, some of whom have served us for years, from dying financially. Please refrain from enumerating all the reasons, like inconvenience, that you don't currently patronize these businesses. Let's put all this back on a positive, helpful plane.


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