When we moved into the new office building about 18 months ago, among the first thing we did was check out the restaurant and the sundries market.
After moving we went to the restaurant bar for happy hour. It smelled like beer and had the ambiance of a bar in an airport hotel. We decided never to go there again. It later went out of business. It’s like a haunted restaurant now because all the stuff is still in there, including the hard liquor, and occasionally there will be a light on and a few chairs moved around, but no people.
We also only went into the sundries market one time. Co-worker smokes. She didn’t have his brand. She didn’t have his back-up brand. We never never went in there again.
The sundries market was tiny and didn’t even have good candy. The whole place reeked of despair. There was a 50-ish lady who is the only person I ever saw working in there and she never smiled. It wasn’t like she was a person who doesn’t smile much, it was like she was about 5 minutes a way from swallowing a box of paper clips to end it all.
One day the place was locked up and there was a big sign that the business license was expired. But she returned. And she seemed to be trying. There was a sign that she now sold coffee. Two sizes. Small and large. There was a sign they now served Chinese food.
Our law clerk last summer bought soda from there even after I told him it was the most depressing sundries shop in the world.
I didn’t even like to walk past it. I always thought it was too bad they didn’t get some charming person in there and paint the walls and sell yummy baked goods.
A couple of weeks ago I noticed a sign that they had new management. I saw two new people working in there. Bummer lady is gone. They wear bright green smocks and have colorful signs up and a big display of sandwiches.
I don’t know for sure because I still can’t bring myself to go in there.