Sometimes small towns don’t want notoriety. Our town was in the national news after the shooting at the high school – not a way any of us want to be recognized.
Now Eden Valley is in the news . . . maybe not nationally, but there’s quite a bit of talk locally. Why? Because a “business man” came to their town saying he intended to open a canvas manufacturing company.
As time went by the renovation (or remodeling) of a building revealed a stage and with a couple brass poles. It didn’t take long to figure out that what he really intended to open in Eden Valley was a “gentleman’s club”.
The editor of the Eden Valley paper commented on the new business; his editorial leaned toward where we’d have to imagine most residents would lean, not in favor of it. He mentioned not wanting that type of business in his back yard. We’ll bet if you polled the people living in Eden Valley you’d find the majority agree with what the editor said.
Then, much to our surprise, a neighboring newspaper did what we call a total market coverage (mailed out a lot more newspapers than normal – to subscribers and non-subscribers alike) – and the front page of that paper was dominated by a story about the new Eden Valley business.
We have to admit we were surprised by the spin of the story. It came across as supporting the business and its owner. It was called news, which is what us newspaper people are supposed to print.
Now there’s some backlash. People from Eden Valley are not very happy with what they are calling an “advertisement disguised as a news story”. There are letters being written, and we would imagine an awful lot of talk.
When we look at the story we wonder why the businessman (an attorney) would have to deceive the city fathers by saying his intent was to start a business that had nothing to do with the one that actually opened. We think we know why, he knew that there’d be opposition if he were honest in the first place. We’d have to believe he checked the city’s ordinances and knew he could get by with what he did. He may have checked other cities in this area too.
Not many small town people want a “gentleman’s club” in their midst.
It isn’t that a gentleman’s club is illegal, fact is we’d have to imagine that a city cannot legally forbid that type of business, but ordinances can make it much more restrictive than it is in Eden Valley. We checked with Cold Spring, Richmond, and Rockville and found each has its own “adult entertainment” ordinance in place. These ordinances place rules on where this type business can be operated along with other restrictions, making it less attractive for anyone wishing to open a gentleman’s club.
While it’s true a gentleman’s club does employ people, it pays taxes on its property, and the patrons may have to purchase other amenities (gas, food, beverages) while they visit the town, it remains a fact that the majority of small town people would much rather see a canvas manufacturer move to their town – and we’d have to think it’s a slap in the face when someone has to be deceitful in order to open a business in any town.
Many of you may not know it, but sometime in early June we decided to look into the sale of our home on the Chain of Lakes with the intent of building a new one in Cold Spring.
We made sure we had a lot that we’d be happy with before we put our home on the market. Once that was secured we struggled with who to list our home with – most all of the realtors here are customers and it wasn’t easy to choose one over another. Our home went on the market and in less than a month we had a very good offer.
We moved out in late August, to an apartment in town, something we never imagined doing was the apartment living, but it’s not bad, and it is temporary.
While the construction was slow to get started, what with the development being new and paperwork not quite complete, it finally got going in late August. Things are progressing well. LumberOne is our builder, and we are the general contractor, getting bids from various companies for different things.
Some of the things we decided to do in our new home was to build a larger garage than we had, make some of the rooms a little bigger than our past home, and put granite countertops on our counters.
After picking out carpet, tile, and bathroom fixtures, it came time to pick out granite.
This is quite an experience. But it was made easy (if not fun) with a visit to Stone Holding in St. Cloud. Stone Holding is a company that supplies granite slabs to places like Capital Granite, C & D Granite, Stone Crafters, Chain of Lakes Granite, Granite Tops, to name a few.
It started with a really warm welcome by a former Cold Spring resident, Tom Weber. Tom took the time to explain how unique granite is and some of its characteristics and what we should look for in the companies warehouse.
Tom told us that as we go through the warehouse looking at various slabs, he’d keep track of what levels of excitement we registered with certain stones. If you’ve never picked out any granite for anything, you’d be amazed at what nature creates with different colors and textures. Some stones looked like someone took a pile of rocks and cut a slab out of it. Others looked like you were flying over a mountainous landscape. Many had very subtle hints of colors amongst a mainly black (or very dark) background.
We were amazed by the variety we had to choose from. Stone Holding has stone from all over the world and while some of it may not be appealing at first, it’d be fun to see some of the really detailed stones made into a table top or a conference table.
Not that we had any reason to doubt that Mr. Weber could keep track of what we liked and didn’t like, we were glad he was right about registering our reaction to certain colors because we’d have never remembered exactly which stone appealed to us more than other. Tom did, and he brought us right back to the ones that really caught our eyes and from there we were able to get our choices down to the three we liked the best.
For anyone thinking granite is way beyond your budget, you might want to take a look at that option. Manufacturing techniques and machinery has made the production of granite countertops much more reasonable than in the past – yes, it’s more expensive than formica, but it might not be as far out of your reach as you might imagine.
We know Tom reads our paper, and we extend a sincere thank you to him and Stone Holding for the time spent making what might be a difficult decision, an easy one.
Have A Good Week
Cold Spring Record Publisher