Main Street Moves

Petula Clark sang about a downtown where you can go “when you’re alone and life is making you lonely.”

Westport’s downtown is getting a little more lonely — at least for family-owned businesses. This morning, WestportNow reports that — after 85 years — Achorn’s is leaving. Its new location: Playhouse Square. Its reason: “extremely high rent.”

A Main Street fixture for decades -- and a sight soon to vanish. (Photo/Joseph Cole for The Daily Westport)

Coupled with the relocation of Liquor Locker (to Compo Shopping Center), there will soon be only 3 independently owned businesses on Main Street, WestportNow says: Oscar’s, Westport Pizzeria and Francois DuPont Jewelers.

Toss in the consolidation of Talbots — it’s abandoned the original Remarkable Book Shop building on the corner of Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza, and move all its women’s wear into the former (and connected) Record Hunter store next door — and Main Street will soon have a decidedly different look, and feel.

Is it one that’s — in Petula Clark’s words — “alone and lonely”? Or are “extremely high rents,” the disappearance of family-owned stores, and the proliferation and/or consolidation of chains simply the way of the 2012 world?

67 responses to “Main Street Moves

  1. – Who knows how long Oscars will want to subsidize the town’s downtown deli needs?
    – The pizzeria lease is up soon. Will they renew?
    – Got nothing on the Jeweler

  2. So why is the Westport Cinema Initiative so focused on ‘downtown’? It seems to me like it’s time to recognize that the really cool part of Westport, where you can already walk from amenity to amenity, and where more and more interesting spaces and retailers are opening up is SAUGATUCK! Please WCI, take a look around there for a usable space. Give up on ‘downtown’, because it’s already a lost cause. Saugatuck is where it’s happening.

  3. Adios Main St.

  4. Acorns leaving! No (J)oak – that’s nuts.

  5. January 9 – January 20 property transfers as reported by the Town Clerk’s Office.

    •143 Post Road East – 143 Post Road East LLC to Westport Pizzeria Too LLC for $812,500.


    Here is a list i put together off the top of my head:

    1) Shoe’s & More is independently owned business (Main Street)
    2) Henry Lehr is a independently owned business (Main Street)
    3) Great Stuff is independently owned (Main Street)
    4) Tavern on Main (Main Street)
    5) Acqua Restaurant (Main Street)
    6) Lucy’s (next to Tiffany’s)
    7) Dovecote (next to Lucy’s)
    8) Spruce Home and Garden (next to Restoration Hardware)
    9) Almost all the Tenants in Main Street Commons center (where the new Lux Wine bar opened)
    10) The new Spotted Horse (Church Lane)
    11) The new Fringe 125 hair salon owned by Blaine Rice and his partner Shea (Above the new GAP at 125 Main Street)
    12) Francis Dupont (Main Street)
    13) Shoe Inn is independently owned (Main Street)
    14) Max’s (next to Restoration Hardware )
    15) Micheles Pies (Post Road)
    16) 4@1 (Post Road)
    17) Mixology (Post Road)
    18) Beautiful Faces (Post Road)
    19) Go Figure (Post Road)
    20) Specs (Post Road)
    21) Agurya (Post Road)
    22) Matsu Sushi (Jesup)
    23) Oscars (Main Street)
    24) Washing Well (parker Harding)
    26) Bobby Q’s (as well as the lovley jewlery store in front of it) Main St.
    27) Villa Del Sole (Elm Street)
    28) The Wild Pear (Church Lane)
    29) All the Tenants in Sconcet Square (Myrtle Ave)
    30) Mikol Jewlers above Blue Mercury (main Street)
    31) Estinique above Jack Wills (main Street)
    32) Sweezy’s watch repair below Jack Wills (Main Street)
    33) Top This yogurt (Post Road)
    34) Klaffs (post Road)
    35) Lynn Scalo (jesup)
    36) ODDS (Main Street)

    I could go on and on, and have before, yet Dan continues to mislead the public on the facts about the stores on or near Main Street and the reasons these stores leave the street. Downtown has more local indepently owned stores then it has chain stores).

    As for why a few have left. Yes, rent is partly the reason for there departure but in the instances of Achorns and The Liquor Locker, they moved because they no longer needed to be on Main Street becuase there businesses did not need the co-tenancy the street offers, the foot traffic the street generates and their new locations are more convientant for their customers. Rents on all successful shopping streets are what they are because the Tenant’s who occupy these spaces know what kind of sales volumes are acheived by others and therefore can justify the rent they are asked to pay. When or if sales decrease, rents will follow as they have before. A perfect expample of high volumes dictating high rents would by our CVS at Compo Shopping Center. They pay over $80 per foot NNN becuase they do over $1000 per foot in annual sales. Rents have and will always be a product of sales, PERIOD.

    Dan, I like your blog but please try and get the facts straight so people who read your blog are giving information which is TRUE, not misleading to get comments. Our downtown is and will always be the hottest retail shopping street (including nearby Post Road, Church Lane, Elm Street, Jesup and Parker Harding) in Westport (and why the WCI wants to be there). All the locations that are being vacated or will become vacant will be filled with quality local, regional and national Tenants. No Landlord is asking for rent which is out of line or not justified based on the sales new Tenant’s can anticipate acheiving. If the spaces sit at the rents being asked, then any smart Landlord would lower their asking rents to attract the Tenant’s looking. Supply and demand is not a novel concept. Also, since Sidney Kramer owns the building that Talbots Petities just left, and is the chairmen of Save Westport Now, maybe he will step up and drop the rent he is asking $105 per foot NNN to attract the Tenant’s Dan feels are being driven out by high rents.

    Sorry to burst your bubble but lets not forget that Westport’s very successful Downtown helps pay for all the wonderful amenities our town has to offer. In the future it would be nice if blogs, news papers etc got the fact correct!

    And one more thing, Saugatuck is hot and only getting hotter (as a place to eat, play and hang out. It will never be a shopping destination nor is it trying to be. The fact that has so much to offer in terms of activities and dining (down under) local foods (new butcher shop) great restaurnant (Rizzotos, Mario’s new place, Whelk, Rowing Club, Tarentions, Mario’s Place, Coco Michelle) is just another reason why WESTPORT is the best town in Fairfield County. We have great shopping (DOWNTOWN), great night life (SAUGATUCK and DOWNTOWN) and great natural assets (beach, river, longshore, etc.)

    • Great post. I was thinking the same thing about Remarkable. Now that the lease is up, it would be a perfect time to have a rent low enough for an independent bookseller to set-up shop and help Save Westport Now!

    • You’ve obviously done your homework, but we understood Dan to mean that only 3 longtime independently owned stores ON Main Street remain. And Henry Lehr has other stores, as do Shoes n’ More, so I consider those chains.

      All the typos kept me from reading what you wrote, btw. Spell Check is a great invention. Since you’re “anonymous”, I will be too.

    • Great list with one exception – ODDZ is actually owned by the corporation that owns J. Crew

  7. Dennis Jackson

    Dan’s point was about independent stores on Main Street (aka Rodeo Drive East) being forced out by economic reality, rather than the Post Road, Saugatuck et al. IMO that point is well taken, as is the larger stated or implied theme of many of his blogs, which I would interpret thus: “It is sad, especially for old-timers who “knew Westport when,” to see national and worldwide corporations, conspicuous consumption, self-importance and disrespect toward others, and arguably ill-gotten nouveau fortunes seeming to become more and more prominent in a wonderful town that was once home to onion farms and more than a few modest creative geniuses. A certain sweet innocence is being lost, and it is sorely missed, and far preferable to what is replacing it.”

    Lee owns the County Bazaar building and seems to do well, so hopefully he will continue the 60 year (?) tradition of offering incomparable deli on Main Street.

  8. Dennis Jackson

    Guilty as charged!

  9. Hyperbole aside, there is clearly less reason to go Downtown now than there was a few years ago and a lot less than there were 30 or so years ago. And I, personally, feel that the most dramatic negative change in the Town since I have lived here is the loss of vibrancy on Main St. The move of Harvey’s and now Achorn’s will only add to that.

    Of course economics are at the soul of these changes and if stores continue to move out, economics may sort that out, as well. But whether it is 3 remaining individually owned stores on Main St (as Dan quoted from Westport Now) or upwards of 36 in the “Downtown” as noted above by Anonymous (who obviously has time on his/her hands or owns real estate downtown), the place needs a boost, which likely will be dictated by the economics.

    One good thing, though, with Talbots out for the old Remarkable footprint, maybe Sidney Kramer has some of that Pink paint left over which would give us at least the allusion that things are coming back.

  10. Those of you interested in downtowns around the world may be interested in this Financial Times article describing the demise of “high streets” (what we call Main Streets) in Britain.

  11. Different perspectives, same town.

    40 or so years ago I was a teen with a drivers license and I and my friends would come to Westport every chance we could, to shop, eat, hang at the beach off season and go to the movies and some great nightclubs, including inside the Country Playhouse…

    Fast forward to today, my 20 something daughter loves to come home and visit what had been her teenage hometown. Generations in the future will also look back upon their Westport years and remember when.

    BTW, The original Stepford Wives movie.features many of the Main Street signs of the late 60’s, including Achron’s.

  12. It always fascinates me to see these discussions of downtown Westport and how its makeup and importance in our lives has evolved over time. So many of us are nostalgic for past eras, and I can’t tell if it’s for the days of horses and buggies and the barges that once docked along the Saugatuck River, or of the era of model As and Packards parked on Main Street, or of the trollies that once connected Westport to other Shoreline towns, or even when the Remarkable Book Shop and “Needle Park” bracketed downtown. I do know that downtown Westport is no longer anything like it once was (what is?) nor does it serve a role in our community anything like it did in any of these eras. For that sort of reality check, I like to play around with a cool web tool that allows you to compare Westport today, through Google maps, with 1934 aerial imagery of the area. It’s on a site I think I found through 06680 — Check it out, and use the “hybrid” bar to compare downtown, or your neighborhood, then versus now. What’s clear to me is that our downtown was once, truly, a destination, a village among farms and fields, even in 1934. Now it’s just a small part of a suburban mosiac that fills all of Fairfield County. A local pharmacy moving from Main Street to a shopping center 1/2 mile away? So what? Our lives — work commutes, shopping, kid-chauffeurring, etc. — take us every day so much farther afield, and for good reason. Our lives are better for it. It’s not fair to want downtown Westport to exist in a time capsule like some sort of museum piece from whichever era you prefer, nor decry its efforts to stay relevant to our lives, as its tenants and property owners try to keep pace with the evolving needs, and realities, of our community.

  13. 2 simple suggestions for Main Street:
    – Work to extend the Main Street shopping walk to Kings Highway or even Canal Street. Those buildings are some of the most charming buildings in town. Open up Veterans Park (i.e remove chain link fence) – the gateway to our stately Town Hall.

    – Swap the parking lot on the river in front of Jesup Green with space on the top of the green by the police station. Free the river (without giving anyone a parking garage in return).

  14. Dennis is the hero of this conversation. It’s intelligent, thoughtful and full of the soul of Westport that those of us who remember…. there’s an issue with what is disappearing. Westport is unforgettable for those of us who knew Main Street in the year that Petula Clark’s hit, “Downtown” was actually a current hit. Downtown Main Street was healing and an experience for us. I’m sorry for those who don’t get it but I do and why there’s a concern for what is leaving us for good.

  15. Blah, blah, blah, Remarkable Book Store. Blah, blah, blah, Mom and Pop. Blah, blah, blah evil developers. Blah, blah, blah, greedy landlords. Blah, blah, blah, I want, I want, and…I want you you to pay for it. Do you miss the old library?

  16. I am enjoying the lesson in economics that Dan’s story has spawned. Those who worship at the alter of the free market can sleep well because they know that the reason Achorn is leaving downtown for Playhouse Square is because Achorn’s business can’t support the new higher rent and the greatest good will come from allocating resources (scarce retail space) to the highest bidders. Anyone hoping for a return of the Mom & Pop store should be dismissed for greedily asking the rest of us to pay for his or her own self-centered nostalgic shopping experience. Still, reading these posts about foot traffic and rents makes me wonder whether market imperfection is the real reason we won’t have Achorn downtown anymore and that maybe downtown merchants and landlords shouldn’t be sleeping so well.

    I wonder how much of that valuable downtown foot traffic — upon which we’ve been told all rents are based – is due to Achorn. If many share my own shopping habits, we just might find that all those blah, blah, blah stores (or their landlords) should have paid Achorn to stay downtown. Whenever I drop off a prescription at Achorn, I wander into the street and waste my time at the upscale Mall of stores –Williams Sonoma, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Pottery Barn, blah, blah, blah. The brands are good ones, the stores well stocked and the salespersons friendly. Inevitably, I purchase something that I don’t need – there is a reason these stores are everywhere – they are good at making us buy stuff we don’t need. Still, the experience is, well, blah. Certainly, not worth a special trip. Then, back to Achorn – the reason I ventured downtown to begin with – to get the medicine I really needed. Wonderful, the scale of the pharmacy is just right for me and makes me slow down a bit (unlike the slow lines at CVS which make me speed up – “What’s taking so long!!!!”) Thank you with a smile – customer and clerk say it together, and we both mean it. Walking down the back hall to the backdoor makes me feel like a time traveler – for a moment it’s 1965 and I’ve just picked up some penny candy for my sister at the local drugstore. Out to the car and the end of my shopping experience. And now, I’m told that downtown shopping experience has ended forever. Should a landlord take less to keep Achorn downtown? In effect, should someone else pay for me to enjoy my small pharmacy? Maybe.

    Why? Because my feet are part of the foot traffic upon which all rents are based! Lose my feet and eventually you’ll lose a little bit of rent. For me, that little pharmacy was what savvy (that’s a much nicer term than greedy, isn’t it) developers call an anchor tenant. It’s the main show – the draw – the very reason there is foot traffic for the rest of the tenants. I’m told savvy developers will even charge an anchor tenant a lower rent to ensure the foot traffic that will allow the developer to charge other tenants higher rents. Maybe Achorn couldn’t afford the new higher rent because Achorn received nothing from other retailers and their landlords for what Achorn was giving them for free – customers drawn to downtown by Achorn with a half hour or more to wander while their prescriptions were being filled. Well, I suppose that’s a lot to put on a little independent pharmacy, but maybe the anchor tenant for downtown was a combination of a little pharmacy and the YMCA, both of which will soon exit the downtown scene. Without a draw, over time, decreased downtown foot traffic will lead to lower rents for maybe not so savvy landlords. In the meantime, I’ll be wandering around the stores at Playhouse Square.

    • Your analysis does not refllect obvious realities. The market can only produce solutions within the constraints of the tax code and zoning regulations. Without those contraints the solutions would be different. The primary beneficiary of increased traffic and higher rents is the tax collector. If traffic goes down and per store revenue declines, then the value of the real estate housing the stores should decline, assuming an accurate appraisal process and I realize that in Westport, that is a big assumption. So if anyone should subsidize Achorns to stay downtown it should be the tax collector. The current tax and zoning constraints have played a major role in defining the nature of dowtown Westport.

      • Wrong. The primary beneficiary of higher rents is the landlord. I agree with you that zoning offers an opportunity to enhance our downtown when the market fails. Manhattan’s Upper West Side is considering zoning regulations limiting the ground floor width of new storefronts in order to keep big box stores front dominating the streetscape and destroying the city’s culture.

        • I must disagree; the landlord changes from time-to-time, but the tax collector stays the same, thus it is he who has the permanent interest. The market does not “fail”; it can only react to zoning regs and tax codes as well as market driven supply and demand conditions. Zoning regs create a sub-optimal allocation of scarce resources. Taxes tend to raise rents. Rents are higher than they should be in NY because of zoning regs and rent control.

          • Anyone ever hear about supply and demand?

            • I think I mentioned it in my last post.

              • Wow! Seventy years of land use planning for naught. Zoning regulations are not the enemy; zoning ensures that neighbors don’t infringe on your light and air and enjoyment of your property. A ten story building may be “optimal” for the single landowner next door, but not for the neighborhood. But, the market fails to take that into account because the landowner seeking to build the ten story building doesn’t have to pay his neighbors for the negative impact of the new building on the neighborhood. We rely on land use planning — zoning regulations — to prevent the erection of that building.

                • Zoning regulations are a taking. Zoning regs are merely a way to reward some at the expense of others; a wealth transfer.

                  • I disagree. Zoning regulations prevent takings. Without such regulations, a neighboring property owner can take away your sunlight and your peace and quiet. Good zoning makes good neighbors, and good zoning may make for a better downtown.

                    • No, zoning regulations take from someone and give to someone else. Clearly you have not read Tom Sowell’s paper on how zoning regulations contributed to the financial meltdown of 2008. Zoning regulations are land use restrictions which prevent owners from realize the maximum value of their property. Zoning regs are also a good way to keep out of a community those who might buy in without the regs; Mt. Laurel?

  17. Since many people have pointed out that “downtown” doesn’t mean just Main Street, we need to figure out ways to make it more inviting and easy to walk in the downtown areas–from CVS shopping center, to Playhouse Square, to Main Street and down to Art’s Deli. Sure, there are sidewalks now, but for some reason, they don’t look so inviting.

    • Great comment. Perhaps the Downtown Merchants Association could take this on as a project — both improving that “invitingness,” and undertaking a marketing campaign that “Downtown Isn’t Just Main Street Anymore.”

  18. I’ve mentioned this before but I’ll mention it again because it really is preposterous. Can’t you various “Anonymous” people come up with SOME other fake names to distinguish yourselves from one another? The redundancy is not useful, and t’s certainly not imaginative.

  19. The consistent pining for a past that may or may not have actually existed always intrigues me. I was born in a small pulp mill town in eastern Ontario, population at the time something approaching 8000, and the biggest thing by far between Montreal and Ottawa. The town had thrived for more than a century due to an abundance of arable land on one side of the river and an abundance of softwood timber on the other. But by the 1980’s, the cost of producing chemical cellulose from northern softwood in a unionised cold place with high energy costs put the mill out of business. Downtown Hawkesbury today has a beaten look, and the old family businesses that dominated Main Street in its storied past are gone, some replaced by chains, some replaced by other family businesses, some just closed. The town is, surprisingly, slowly finding a second life as an escape zone for Montrealers wanting a place in the country. It’s not what it was in the 1950’s or 1960’s, nor what it was when my ancestors settled there in the 1840’s and 1850’s. But the people who live there do not complain if a bank or a chain store opens for business.They are happy to have the choice, and happy to see an employer in town.

    Westport has a thriving downtown, and all the whinging we hear about the evils of chain stores or banks, and the heartstring-tugging paeans to old family businesses don’t seem to appreciate what we do have. Go visit Hawkesbury, or the smaller and more depressed town of my youth, Temiskaming, Quebec. Or stay closer to home and visit downtown Naugatuck or Norwich or any number of Connecticut towns not in southern Fairfield County. We have a downtown here, and it’s alive and bustling. Many many other towns, including nearby towns, cannot say that. Perhaps we should complain less and enjoy more the blessings we have.

  20. The Dude Abides

    I remember well when I used to visit Westport in decades past and my father insisted on driving past where the driving range was on the Post Road and pointing out that it had been replaced by the Landsdowne Condos. I never was sure whether he was proud of the change or nostalgic about the past. Whichever, his mind was very much in the past. And I am not sure that is a good thing??? But, on point, the only range in town now is Longshore and it sucks. Good discussion here.

  21. Richard Lawrence Stein

    In many ways Main Street has lost it’s old day charm. It has become an outdoor mall. For those of us who can remember the past and the days of knowing the owners, it made us feel warm about the shopping experience. Now a days the managers rotate through the workers come and go and that hometown feel is fading away. It’s sad but that is life and the economics of the situation.
    P.S. To a few comments made here… Our tax base is hardly generated by main’s the post road and all those hidden hedge funds and other office places… And main street is owned by 6 to 7 people, groups, and or other respects… You would be surprised by the breakdown…

    • So much aggravation for 6-7 property owners and the out of town throngs they want to bring to their open air mall.

      • Notice the signs on the poles on Main Street ?
        Obviously not welcoming Westporters, we are already here. It’s a subtle hint that the merchants seek Aliens. Mom n Pop can’t pay the oligopoly rental rates and their credit is less than AAA. But the big guys got both the credit and the bucks.
        Mom and Pop made Westport’s Main Street a great place to wander, shop, and meet fellow Westporters. NO MORE.
        You don’t know the retailers or the folks in the stores or the walkers on the street or even the brokers leasing the spaces.

        Even Roy Orbison knows:
        IT’S OVER !!!

        • Looking backward is not helpful. Dowtown is the way it is because that is what the market will support given the tax rates, zoning regulations, and supply and demand. If you want a mom and pop store, why don’t you put your money where your mouth is?

  22. Richard Lawrence Stein

    People keep bringing up this tax rate thing and planning and zoning…. What are you talking about?!!! It’s rents. Nothing more surely nothing less… It’s all about supply and demand and costs… Not pz or taxes

    • You must be kidding. Does a landlord pay taxes on his building? Are those taxes reflected in the level of rent required to earn a positive return on investment? Zoning restricts the suply of rentable space.; supply and demand. Economics 101.

      • The Dude Abides

        I do believe Emma has given RLS a lesson in economics. The difference between now and “then” was that “Mom & Pop” had a vested interest in their rent and/or taxes. The market has not only squeezed them out of their businesses but also any political clout they used to own. BTW, downtown Westport was never charming. The design never favored the water which is now only enjoyed by those parking (if you are lucky enough to find a spot).

        • Richard Lawrence Stein

          No no lesson but that is still rent… Emma can say whatever… It’s just break down… The rent is what you are willing to pay

          • The rent is what you are willing to pay given the supply, and the supply is regulated by the zoning regs and the tax burden.

        • Richard Lawrence Stein

          And as I said in my early post Dude… The stores are owned by people who actually own them.. I mean own… Not banks… Aall the rent is pretty much in the clear…. Pure $$$$ believe me I understand economics… I want to do something business related but the economics won’t allow it I know Eco 101

          • Whether the stores have mortgages or not is not really relevant. The number of square feet available is a function of zoning regulations. The required rents are a function of taxes as well as other costs. As anyone who has a business knows; taxes are a cost that must be recouped. The taxes on the buildings drive up the cost of doing business. The rent is not “in the clear” as long as there are taxes on the building. Economics 101.

            • The Dude Abides

              I am not sure you can say lien free properties are irrelevant? It certainly has to affect the bottom line and thus, the cost that must be”recouped” to survive. I do commiserate with your argument for, as a landlord with numerous commercial properties in Vermont, I am getting hammered by the local taxing authorities that are oblivious to a sunken market regardless of my “free ownership.”

              • The lien is irrelevant with espect to the independent inpact of zoning regs and taxes on rent levels. Liens are not irrelevant when considring the overalll viability of an economic enterprise. BTW the biggest lien on most properties is the lien generated by a an infinite stream of tax liabilities; taxes reduce the value of a property.

                • The Dude Abides

                  Indeed, my rents can not keep up with the overvalued tax assessments of the local yolkels in Vermont. And they do not listen to “foreigners.” Not sure it is the case here but downtown has become very irrevalent, in of itself. At one time, it was the hub of all shopping but the development on Post Road toward Fairfield has made it non-essential to locals.

                • Brick and mortar retail establishments are becoming less relevant; if you can buy it on line, with no tax added, why get in a car and drive to a store? The trend will raise interesting questions about alternative sources of tax revenues from retail sales and real estate.

                  • The Dude Abides

                    Agreed. I buy hot tub chemicals online now instead of treking to Fairfield.
                    Saw an interesting documentary on Hoover last night in which indicated that he could help the starving post WWI and following the Mississippi flood of the 20’s but didn’t chose not to spend following the depression here. ’44 spending while Romney wants to cut back. Interesting election forthcoming.

                    • Sound and fury signifying nothing. It is baked into the cake; no turning back. Move to a farm and build bomb shelter; or get a second passport.

                      Downtown anywhere is such a yesterday concept; it is over, this is downtown.

                    • The Dude Abides

                      Xenophobic and claustophobic. I have my spot annointed under the I-95 bridge. Cardboard ready. What is a haircut?

                    • Dude: If you can find a barber; he will give you a haircut. When you get your paycheck there is another sort of haircut involved. I do see your point though.

                      The space under the bridge will be crowded and with a collapsed econmy there will not be much cardboard.

                  • Service? The human touch? I’m just sayin’…

                    • I get better service on line, and what human touch? Maybe for a haircut.

                    • Virginia Gilbertie

                      Chain store or local owner, when we shop at brick and mortar stores we’re helping to support the people who work there as well as live here and in nearby towns.

                      I try to shop locally when I can – it’s one way to keep a feeling of community alive. And if the person behind the cash register is not particularly friendly, I say hello, because I know how much abuse they take for their $10 an hour job. Westport has a reputation for being filled with surly and demanding people. I know that’s not entirely true.

  23. Nails, NOT Handbags!

  24. Today I ordered a meatball parm online. The website was great, the order was processed effortlessly, all my friends know what I ordered ’cause I posted it to Facebook.

    Didn’t taste like much though.