My 4-year-old isn’t the only one who gets excited when he sees an excavator and construction equipment breaking ground on a new business. And it’s not just because we get to see the big machinery in action, although that is pretty cool.
No, the construction is exciting because of the promise of a new business. Hooray, a new business is coming to town! But what will it be? The possibilities are intriguing and almost endless.
Could it be a new restaurant? I like to eat, so a new restaurant would be fantastic! Maybe even a new restaurant that we don’t have in this part of the valley. Could it be a Cheesecake Factory? That’d be great. Or maybe a Red Robin? Or a Black Bear Diner? Could we get a Texas Roadhouse? Possibly an all-you-can-eat place, like Golden Corral or Chuck-a-Rama? I like donuts. Maybe it’s a Dunkin’ Donuts or a Krispy Kreme? Fast food? Pizza? Or it could be some kind of eating establishment I’ve never seen or even heard of before.
My mouth is salivating and my stomach growling at the possibilities. But, instead of food it could be a store. That might be okay. A Target would be nice. (My wife would be almost as happy about that as she was when the new Hobby Lobby opened in Spanish Fork.) It could be an IKEA, or a Cabela’s. A bookstore would be wonderful. (They still make bookstores, don’t they?)
As great as all of those possibilities sound, there’s a chance the new business could be disappointing. It could be a bank. I’ve got nothing against banks. Banks are fine. In fact, I’ve got some of my money in a bank. But new banks are not exciting.
No offense, but neither are insurance agencies, real estate offices, chiropractors, or dentists. Useful, but not exciting. As the construction progresses, and the building starts to come to form, some possibilities are eliminated.
Nope, too small for a Target or a Petsmart. Wait, is that a drive-thru? That means it’s probably not a sit-down restaurant. But fast food is okay.
Hold on a second, banks can have a drive-thru window, too. Please, don’t let it be a bank!
In the end, all that really matters is that someone is willing to take the risk to open a new business in our area, and for that we should be grateful and give them our support. (Although I’d be more likely to give the bank my support if they started serving donuts or sandwiches in their drive-thru.) For more sunny-ish stuff, check out slowjoe40.com. (Capell is a Serve Daily contributor.)