Nobody would go to them, or at least not enough to keep them in business. People would rather go to________________ because they don't know better.I watched something on MPT last night about the best burger joints in DC...all private mom & pop type places & it got me thinking about all of our sucky chain places...
We really need a surge in little private eateries like that, but I guess all of the rules & regs in MD help to prevent small business growth that would be a welcome change
You see it time and time again in SoMD. We have two coffee shoppes/bakeries in North Beach. Both are popular and fairly busy. One owner was a contestant on Cupcake Wars a couple years ago. But people complain and tell developers, and the local government, they'd rather have a Starbucks.
You see it for restaurants and grocery stores and damn near every other type business.
The local business owners aren't without blame either. Many of them don't have a clue about marketing or actually having products their customer base will buy. Instead they stock what they like and expect people to buy it.
I mail order shotgun shells. Why? Because the very few local gun shops here are either overpriced for the loads I use (non-tox goose loads) or don't carry them. But you can buy all the .30-06 you want (in a state where rifles are banned in most areas for hunting).