Montana Jones

Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.

Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

When downtown was the mall

I used to come to Kalispell and just walk around downtown. Go into the shops and restaurants and stuff. I used to like that.
I get the impression that downtown Kalispell just ain't what it used to be. No more shops here, just banks, and lawyers.
No, that's not entirely true. There are some shops that aren't here anymore, but they are the same shops that are gone all over the country. The Woolworth's and the Sears'.
They all moved to the malls.
That's right. But what has changed is that now the downtown is opening up to all kinds of businesses that weren't there before. Businesses that no one could imagine when the downtown was the mall. Now the mall has all the mall shops and that is leaving all sorts of space for little shops and restaurants and things downtown. But the other problem is the old guard can't see the change. The city council is made up of the people that have had land and influence since way back when. They are just stuck in the past 'cause that's the way it has always been. And to them the fact that the Woolworth is gone only means the Woolworth is gone and the malls have the shops now. They just can't see the new business's because it's not what they are used to. It's not the way it was and they way they like it. The Flathead is going to grow with them or without them, they need to let some new blood in.
I came back to "visit" Montana... after 12 years of being away ...last t Fall. Kalispell is in fact no longer Kalispell. My Mall (the Gateway West) has one store in it. Rax no longer exists. There are no satanists in Woodland Park. Kalispell is no longer a GIANT CITY in my eyes. (I moved to NYC and then Maine) But Norms News is still there and they still have the best milkshakes in the world. And they call them shakes...not frappes. Anna's Gyros is in a different mall...but Anna is still sitting at a table chainsmoking...and she remembered me as if I had just been in there last week. Sunshine Music rocks even if they are in a mall. The Hockaday is there...and no there is not a Woolworth's...but the Woolworths smelled like cheese...and that was not a good thing.
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