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Slow beer sales, airport stops and hiding
By ERNEST HOOPER
Published September 3, 2007
I always thought people drink more in tough times, but that may not be the case.
A restaurant owner and friend of mine says the typically slow summer business season is so bad this year that even beer distributors are noticing a difference.
Pepin Distributing marketing director Bill Gieseking said declining real estate values and other economic factors have more people "consuming at home."
"Overall, the industry is flat and it's because of those market indicators," Gieseking said. "There's no doubt that economic factors are impacting our business and the restaurant business in a big way." ...
People complain that too many teens are hanging out at BayWalk and that St. Petersburg has a dearth of hip-hop clubs. Anybody else see a relationship? Instead of trying to chase the kids home, how about giving them their own safe place?
Safe being the key word, of course. ...
A Plant City 7-year-old steals his mother's car, drives a short distance and then runs away and hides in a nearby church. I'm impressed that someone so young understands the concept of sanctuary. ...
Seen on a bumper sticker: Hard Work Never Killed Anyone, But Why Take The Chance.
As promised in last week's column, gesneriads describe the family of plants that includes African violets. The University of South Florida Botanical Gardens holds the Gesneriad Celebration this weekend, and they're billing it as a major event. I know I'm excited. ...
Hey Senator Craig, thanks to you I may never use an airport restroom again.