Savvy Seconds Needs to Clean up Their Act! Around Town, posted by Brianna, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2010 at 7:50 am
Is it just me or does the site of racks of clothes on the sidewalk outside of Savvy Seconds make downtown look cheap and dingy? We get it - you're a consignment store selling used clothes but for God's sake please don't have racks of old clothes on the street - it makes downtown look cheap and hokey. Bring them in please.
Posted by downtown shopper, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm
It is not just Savvy Seconds, many of the stores downtown have clothing racks and signs blocking the sidewalk and making downtown look like a swap meet. The PDA and the city have written sign and sidewalk display ordinances, why are they not enforced?
There are times on weekends when the shop owners know no one from code enforcement works and they jam the sidewalks with signs and tables. When someone trips over an illegally placed sign or clothing rack the city may well be paying tens of thousands of dollars in legal claims.
So how about it new PDA director -- any response about what you plan to do to clean up this mess?
Posted by LT, a resident of the Canyon Creek neighborhood, on Apr 29, 2010 at 11:20 am
I don't think it's a matter of being snooty, just a matter of taking pride in the town we're proud to live in. Racks of used clothes in our quaint downtown sidewalks looks really tacky. It's a cute store - why junk it up with a bunch of old clothes on the sidewalk?
Posted by downtown shopper, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm
Still waiting for a response from the new PDA director -- maybe this one will do something unlike the last one who allowed anything that the merchants wanted.
So how about it new director -- any reply? Or should we presume that it will be business as usual again?
This town is wonderful, why make it look like a junkyard? I would think that some of the classier merchants would object since it seems that everyone in the downtown has to pay dues to the PDA. Why the favoritism madam director? Or will this go unanswered as well?
Posted by Linz, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm
I think saying it looks like a junkyard is taking it a bit far. Many neighboring downtowns have stores that have racks/displays/bikes out front, we are no different, it's just a way to get people to stop and look at their items for sale, in this economy they need all the help they can get.
Posted by Josie, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm
I'm sorry, but having bikes outside is very different than having racks of used clothing. They are the ONLY store I've ever seen that has racks of clothes outside of their store (and that other place Lotus too which isn't even mentioned here and it should be). KEEP YOUR CRAP INSIDE!
Posted by Brianna, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 30, 2010 at 7:04 am
Patriot, that's the problem with Pleasanton. People like you who don't care about this type of thing and want to keep Pleasanton's reputation as a "one horse town." We need the planning commission to man up a bit and allow bigger chain stores into the downtown area to create more traffic. Then maybe places like Savvy Seconds won't have to resort to desperate measures by sticking used clothing on a rolling rack outside of their store. I'm all for our small businesses to succeed. That's what makes downtown such a great place. But i"m also for driving additional business to downtown with larger anchor stores. It's time to get out of your time warp and realize the days of the old west are over.
Posted by boooooo, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 30, 2010 at 11:59 am
Hey downtown shopper... if you have read ANYTHING about the new PDA director, she doesn't take her place at the PDA until May 10th. So yes, your rude-toned questions will go unanswered. Instead of posting on forums, why don't you go down to the PDA office and meet your "madam director" and express your concerns... after May 10th of course.
Posted by Pton Lvr, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, on Apr 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Savvy Seconds looks like one of the only thriving businesses downtown lately. Looks like they even expanded to the space next to their original shop. Their clothes are not eyesores being displayed on the streets. Their window displays put many department stores window displays to shame. What do you want, another overpriced and foul tasting food restaurant downtown?
Posted by Pton Lvr, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, on Apr 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm
How long ave you lived in Pleasanton? You want chain type stores downtown? Move to Walnut Creek then. They "planned" their downtown to be an outdoor mall. Pleasanton is working with a small downtown unable to expand due to neighborhoods where people have homes that they actually live in.
Posted by Linda, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Apr 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm
@Pton Lvr: More businesses would be thriving if downtown would actually put anchor stores into places like the empty Domus. And I would suggest that people shouldn't complain about living in homes close to downtown. They knew what they were getting into when they moved to a place that holds wayyyyy more foot and car traffic during Farmer's Market, Wednesday Night Street Parties and everything else that this great town offers in the downtown area. Maybe they should stop those too in consideration of the "residents" near downtown.