May. 9th, 2010

I left breakfast quite late yesterday. Some might say very late. 4:15pm. And of course the place I wanted breakfast was closed. 15 minutes closed. But this is Canada, and this place is owned by a woman who has worked there every day, "except 3 or 4 days at christmas", for the last 13 years. She spotted me outside, and insisted on getting me what I wanted. She even remembered what I had ordered the last time I was there, 6 months ago.

Of course I don't expect this level of service, ever really. But it is the kind of thing that owner operated businesses are more capable of. I remember plenty of times keeping my shop open for customers too.

I would prefer a world with more of these types of businesses. A world that encourages self employment, and discourages takeovers, buyouts & mergers. A world where everyone has a chance to be their own man, and yet no one gets to be so far removed from their employees so as to become The Man.
 
For the record the business in question, which I would highly recommend is:
Lucky 88 Cafe
On the corner of Davie & Howe
In downtown Vancouver.

They make excellent breakfast from 7:30am to 4pm daily.
 


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