This past Carnival Week, my friends & I noticed that several places (some of them landmarks I equated with two decades of visits) are gone and in their stead lie new places. Several other places have moved locations. Notably:
- Now Voyager bookstore is gone. I suppose the age group that appreciates a quiet, non-chain shop named after a Bette Davis film is dwindling, and the shop did cater more specifically to an LGBT audience, but it had always been there, and I'd gone to book-signings there.
- Vixen. I've seen so many shows there and met up with lesbian friends there as well.
- Michael Shays. Now I never personally ate there, but that was my best friend's favorite breakfast spot as she began her day separate from my B&B breakfast. She found Cafe Heaven too rude, Cafe Edwige too expensive, but adored Michael Shays.
-Enzo. I don't consider this a loss. Both Esther's and Enzo failing in the same spot can be summed up in hubris, arrogance and pretension. The locale is great, but the pompous offerings each time have ruined each.
-Townsend Seafood (Shankpainter) never lived up to Clem & Ursie's simple beauty, but it's just boarded up & useless now.
(Now Voyager is now a cosmetics shop, Vixen is now a restaurant Sage Inn, Michael Shays is now Hot'l Bar & Grill, Enzo is now Local 186, an absurdly over-priced hamburger joint)
as for moved places, Muir Music, which was next door to Norma Glamps card store for years, has relocated to the alley-way storefront in the Vixen/Sage Inn complex. One of only two good music stores in town, it took some trouble to find. I'm certain this is not a complete list. These are just my own findings as I had a truly great Carnival Week.
Certainly as this season ends and thoughts go into next year, we will likely find that even more changes occur.