Ideas For Businesses You Would Like T...

Since: Feb 11

Philadelphia, PA

#66 Mar 11, 2011
I don't get the hype of hooka caves either. But to each their own.

I would like to see an organic/conventional grocer. Especially with the autism school in Latrobe, the children can benefit from a controlled diet.

How about a creperie restaurant? That is a meal that can be served up for relative cheapness.

Indoor mini golf/arcade/sport tables. A place for the youths. Maybe include a play center for young ones during daytime hours. Latrobe rec needs an indoor rec center with space for shooting hoops, indoor soccer, etc.
Andrea

Irwin, PA

#67 Mar 11, 2011
why wrote:
Just different- others were saying move ahead and a Hooka Bar is fresh new idea for Latrobe. New idea hopefully new people. I have never been to one but my 20 year olds go to one on carson street in Pittsurgh.
My daughter has been to one as well. They seem to be extremely popular.
Redneck

Latrobe, PA

#68 Mar 11, 2011
Andrea wrote:
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My daughter has been to one as well. They seem to be extremely popular.
I thought "hookah" was a slang term for "hooker." I thought people were talking about a bar full of easy pick-ups for a negotiable price.

I am small town...just call me Jethro.

5th Ward Resident

“Won't you touch my sweater”

Since: Sep 10

Latrobe, PA

#69 Mar 11, 2011
Redneck wrote:
I thought "hookah" was a slang term for "hooker." I thought people were talking about a bar full of easy pick-ups for a negotiable price.I am small town...just call me Jethro.
Between the football slang in the other thread, and hookah, which could be "rapper"-ease, for hooker, I can see how you'd get all confused...
justonemore

Latrobe, PA

#70 Mar 12, 2011
I grew up in Jeanette when they had 2 department stores,movie theater, Isalys, and when greengate mall opened slowly all the business's closed. now it is nothing but bars and a ghost town. Now we have Walmart, Kmart, Lowes and how can local shops compare prices. I like some of the ideas u all posted, the market would be great but seasonal, I go to the country market in the summer.An old fashioned butcher shop would be great. Right now I don't go into town unless I have to see a doctor,pay a bill or buy liquor (which the hours suck) and never can find a place to park. Look at the choices we have to go downtown at nite, grub & pub lol, the station, Kenleys, Not for me.
LOK

Latrobe, PA

#71 Mar 12, 2011
Redneck wrote:
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I thought "hookah" was a slang term for "hooker." I thought people were talking about a bar full of easy pick-ups for a negotiable price.
I am small town...just call me Jethro.
That is quite funny, but I know you all to well. You know what a hookah is. Morning puddin.

Since: Feb 11

United States

#72 Mar 12, 2011
Ohhh, a butcher shoppe is great. Nothing better. Anderson's in greensburg was a staple for me. Bardine's in crabtree is fabulous. Nasar's in Pleasant Unity is where I frequent.
LOK

Latrobe, PA

#73 Mar 12, 2011
In southwest Asia (Arab states/countries,) Hookah bars are an all MALE meeting spot (5thward you would be welcome,)were you sit down relax, drink tea while smoking shishi (green apple flavored tobacco) and even play chess or backgammon.) It is similar to a nice cigar humidor that allows smoking. It has been modernized in the states to be all inclusive, but there are "all penis only," versions here too. It is just a male meeting spot for adult conversation where important subjects are discussed and milled over while enjoying life with out bitching/nagging/bipolar women (you know, things that older gentleman enjoy.)Young men rarely frequent anything like this because getting female tail is typically more important. I would love to see one in this area. I would go and sit and discuss "the meaning of life."
LOK

Latrobe, PA

#74 Mar 12, 2011
One last thing, they are almost always a half indoors half out doors spot. Like a built in patio where you can sit out under the sun or sit outside under a nice tapestry covered awning or there is even an inside to get out of the dust storms. Very Prince of Persia type sh_t. Nice.
Bama76mba

Montgomery, AL

#75 Mar 12, 2011
Before the onset of obecity, malls, big box stores and $3.50/gallon gas, people actually WALKED to shop in downtown stores. How many people are willing to do some walking, support local small businesses (returning more dollars to the community), conserve energy and possibly pay slightly higher prices to restore a sense of community? It is happening slowly elsewhere. If you build what people want, they will come and change habits.
justonemore wrote:
I grew up in Jeanette when they had 2 department stores,movie theater, Isalys, and when greengate mall opened slowly all the business's closed. now it is nothing but bars and a ghost town. Now we have Walmart, Kmart, Lowes and how can local shops compare prices. I like some of the ideas u all posted, the market would be great but seasonal, I go to the country market in the summer.An old fashioned butcher shop would be great. Right now I don't go into town unless I have to see a doctor,pay a bill or buy liquor (which the hours suck) and never can find a place to park. Look at the choices we have to go downtown at nite, grub & pub lol, the station, Kenleys, Not for me.

5th Ward Resident

“Won't you touch my sweater”

Since: Sep 10

Latrobe, PA

#76 Mar 12, 2011
Bama76mba wrote:
Before the onset of obecity, malls, big box stores and $3.50/gallon gas, people actually WALKED to shop in downtown stores. How many people are willing to do some walking, support local small businesses (returning more dollars to the community), conserve energy and possibly pay slightly higher prices to restore a sense of community? It is happening slowly elsewhere. If you build what people want, they will come and change habits.
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I would LOVE to pay slightly higher prices to have everything I need -- for health -- in downtown Latrobe.

But the community has to be educated about the price differences.

The community has to be educated on how 100-families, yes 100 familes could start their own "small" business in downtown Latrobe.

Sure, in the beginning, some of the businesses might only be open 4-hours a day, and hopefully in the evening,(after the owner works at his day job), but:

-----Revitalizing Latrobe will take a MASSIVE EDUCATIONAL EFFORT

-----Directed at the entire town to learn what this means

-----Directed at people/couples who are willing to "take the risk" to start a small business downtown.

5th Ward Resident

“Won't you touch my sweater”

Since: Sep 10

Latrobe, PA

#77 Mar 12, 2011
Bama76mba wrote:
Before the onset of obecity, malls, big box stores and $3.50/gallon gas, people actually WALKED to shop in downtown stores. How many people are willing to do some walking, support local small businesses (returning more dollars to the community), conserve energy and possibly pay slightly higher prices to restore a sense of community? It is happening slowly elsewhere. If you build what people want, they will come and change habits.
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And remember:

30% of Latrobe receives food stamps and lives below the poverty line.

70% of Latrobe will be supporting the businesses

6,300 "target customers" is reality, not 9,000

And ----------

The food businesses should nonetheless take food stamps to welcome anyone who has them

And ----------

There have to be subsidies given to the 30% of Latrobe, in some ways, to participate in DOWNTOWN

1) discount movie theatre passes

2) discount shopping passes for food (where the BO) busines owner can get re-imbursed from one of the BAZILLION government programs in place, set-up to serve the poor)

AGAIN MASSIVE COMPREHENSIBE MEDIA EFFORT

A) not "just" the Latrobe Bulletin
B) Mailings
C) Signage
D) neighborhood meetings in the firehalls

The town has to be trained on wha'ts coming and how and "why" to support is.

This is a MAJOR UNDER-TAKING to change the MINDSET of cheap, backwards, Latrobe. It's possible, but it will take the following:

a) while 100 families are "rounded up and trained"
b) the MASSIVE MARKETING CAMPAIGN has to take place to teach the town on the BENEFIT of paying higher prices to have a downtown area

i) meetings
ii) fliers
iii) phone calls
iv) signs along Ligonier, Lincoln and Lloyd
v) door to door campaign to talk about "revitalization"

I kid you not!

This is the "path" to success.
Timothy

Latrobe, PA

#78 Mar 12, 2011
Sounds long, can't we just go to the dog bar and get hammered?

Some of the ideas in this thread are completely inane. A dress code jazz club or hookah bar to mull over the choices in our lives, play a game of chess and talk about ancient mysteries? Who the hell here is going to have the time to spend at something like this.

Hookah bars are a business success in cities with a college population where children can get shitty drunk and look for a pot hook-up. For some of you with children 'who would never do something like that'; I'm sure they were dragged there by pothead friends and your saintlike child was forced to sit through organic secondhand smoke until they could leave.

This is Latrobe, you're not going to find a professional crowd for a hookah bar. It will be run over by 16 year old 'straight edge' tools in a week.

5th Ward Resident

“Won't you touch my sweater”

Since: Sep 10

Latrobe, PA

#79 Mar 12, 2011
Timothy wrote:
Sounds long, can't we just go to the dog bar and get hammered?
Maybe since I'm banned from the dog bar, we could all go to Dino's and get hammered? I'm "allowed" there, and Dino's has my Newcastle Brown Ale

-----Latrobe TOPIX,let's meet on 3/17/11 at Dino's

-----Wear your screen name on a green tag on your shirt OR

-----Wear TOPIX on a green tag on your shirt, and we'll all have to guess.

Dino's: St. P Day, let's say early, cause some of us are old, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

I'll start a new thread about this too ;-)
LOK

Latrobe, PA

#80 Mar 12, 2011
Timothy wrote:
Sounds long, can't we just go to the dog bar and get hammered?
Some of the ideas in this thread are completely inane. A dress code jazz club or hookah bar to mull over the choices in our lives, play a game of chess and talk about ancient mysteries? Who the hell here is going to have the time to spend at something like this.
Hookah bars are a business success in cities with a college population where children can get shitty drunk and look for a pot hook-up. For some of you with children 'who would never do something like that'; I'm sure they were dragged there by pothead friends and your saintlike child was forced to sit through organic secondhand smoke until they could leave.
This is Latrobe, you're not going to find a professional crowd for a hookah bar. It will be run over by 16 year old 'straight edge' tools in a week.
Yah, you are probably right. I certainly was not thinking this one out. Knee jerk answer on my part. My bad. I recant!!!
1st ward cobra

Dallas, TX

#81 Mar 12, 2011
Why can't parking be added along the tracks where lil cruisers is then use shuttle cars on the tracks to down town. This could be done in several areas on the edges and use the abandoned tracks that are all over town. I think a hooka bar to promote smoking is a bad idea. A smaller version of Dave and busters would be good if there where tournament play like guitar hero or football
Timothy

United States

#82 Mar 12, 2011
1st ward cobra wrote:
Why can't parking be added along the tracks where lil cruisers is then use shuttle cars on the tracks to down town. This could be done in several areas on the edges and use the abandoned tracks that are all over town. I think a hooka bar to promote smoking is a bad idea. A smaller version of Dave and busters would be good if there where tournament play like guitar hero or football
Why do people need shuttle cars to walk 3 blocks? From Sheetz to Loyalhanna care center at my slowest pace is a one hour walk if I stop to admire something along the way. That's essentially end to end for this city.
A more reasonable distance, Riteaid to Valley Dairy is what, 10 minutes tops? That's the extent of the business layout for this half of town.

I can understand some of us that are unable to walk, but for the majority of us on this forum, we're lazy.

Since: Jan 11

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#83 Mar 12, 2011
Bama76mba wrote:
How many people are willing to do some walking, support local small businesses (returning more dollars to the community), conserve energy and possibly pay slightly higher prices to restore a sense of community?
In Latrobe? The number is very close to zero.

5th Ward Resident

“Won't you touch my sweater”

Since: Sep 10

Latrobe, PA

#84 Mar 13, 2011
Timothy wrote:
Why do people need shuttle cars to walk 3 blocks? From Sheetz to Loyalhanna care center at my slowest pace is a one hour walk if I stop to admire something along the way. That's essentially end to end for this city.A more reasonable distance, Riteaid to Valley Dairy is what, 10 minutes tops? That's the extent of the business layout for this half of town.I can understand some of us that are unable to walk, but for the majority of us on this forum, we're lazy.
You're right; Latrobe is lazy.

From Sheetz (around the top of my Avenue D) to DOWNTOWN, Ligonier St.@ Depot = 1.5 miles = 30 minute walk.

From RITE AID to Valley Dairy = 5 minute walk.
1st ward cobra

Pittsburgh, PA

#85 Mar 13, 2011
I would have no trouble walking. I walked the mile to and from school when I was younger but the fact is people now are not going to do it. You also have to look at the jobs this service would add to Latrobe.

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