I went into Randall's on a weekday to buy some beer. It was outside of my normal routine, during the day-ish, maybe 3:00 or so. The vibe was different. The employees were running the show...by show, I mean the music in the place.
The tunes were decidedly not what I usually hear in this place on a Friday or Saturday night. They were employee-selected. The volume was meant to be heard. It sounded great to me, the place was empty of customers, but rocking.
Everyone was singing in somewhat unison...it was together. Enough to be noticeable.
Let the neighborhood be the neighborhood. Let the employees listen to what they want. Let them call the shots and you suddenly have a neighborhood place in the true sense of the word.
Never have I learned more about the word community than I have working as a lawn mower, glass cutter, delivery driver, fast food hack, newspaper telephone salesman, bus boy, dishwasher. When you work these jobs, you realize how simple community can be.
Our strength in St. Louis is our people living real lives, working real lives...living right here.
Let the soundtrack reflect that and we'll all be happier and realer...a place that isn't canned and presented to consumers.
The little things make me happy living here.