now that i’ve worked in downtown memphis for four months, i have compiled a list of missing businesses from downtown that would make my life happier and easier (i’m thinking mostly of my lunch breaks):
– a bookstore. preferably a small one, with large armchairs, that doesn’t care if i come in to just read my kindle.
– a dessert shop. something with ice cream, smoothies, cupcakes, brownies. my REAL business plan (and hear ye, i am now trademarking this as my very own *slightly ripped off* idea): a cupcake truck. by Muddy’s. park it on south main from 11-3 and watch the $$ roll on in.
– a health food bistro/cafe. in direct opposition to my previous thought, we really need someplace down here to get fresh, healthful sandwiches and salads. i don’t want a greasy hamburger if i’m treating myself to lunch, but i usually can’t spring for a $20 sushi lunch either. something mid range that is actually relatively low cal but high health.
– a starbucks that is closer and larger to my office. i have to walk 15 minutes to one, across beale street, and this has led (more than once) to uncomfortable interactions with the homeless population of memphis. i have been told how beautiful i am, how they want to show me memphis, how we could be beautiful together, how if i ever need an errand run to just let them know, how they are a FELON. ok, lovely, nice to chat with you gottagokbye.
(on that note, how do you deal with these kind of interactions? i know they’re pros just trying to make a dollar, but i can’t help but treat them as humans and try to be kind, even if it’s out of self-preservation and my fear of their snapping and hurting me.)
those four things would make downtown such a much more pleasant place to stroll in, for me. out of curiosity, what do you all do on your lunch breaks? i’ve realized recently just how much i need that mental break during the day, and try to take advantage of it, usually by reading a book and relaxing somewhere outside of the office. do you use it to run errands? take a nap? go home?