Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UPDATE: Has Starbucks put this project on hold or abandoned it?

Another question to ask Mark Opitz.

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5/17/2016 update, "Construction of new Middleton Starbucks at a temporary standstill, it seems", starts here.

As of yesterday, this is how the site has looked for the past two weeks.

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March 10, 2016, update starts here.


Oh, and by the way, the Middleton Plan Commission approved the signage package on April 28, 2015.  (I thought this project was going to get underway last year.)

Original post, "Starbucks in Middleton:  Sign, sign, everywhere a sign..." begins here.

Starbucks plans to open what will be a third location in Middleton, this newest store located near the intersection of Century Road and Allen Boulevard. 

But the company wants to display 10 signs on the building.  The City of Middleton's current sign code allows for just 2.

Should be an interesting Plan Commission meeting on April 28th.

Red arrows added

Speaking of the Five Man Electrical Band, I much prefer their follow-up single to 'Signs'.  

'Absolutely Right' spent 8 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1971 and peaked at #26, probably not enough to keep the group from being considering a one-hit wonder.

Teamwork: When home landscaping flows from one yard to the next

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Perhaps this is the 9th way to create a neighborly front yard.

On the flip side --  and an idea for another post -- here's 10 Ways Neighbors Drive Each Other Crazy, from Angie's List.

Dear Yard Crashers, Here's a front yard that needs to be reimagined

Full view

(Not ready for its) close-up

Yard crashers.

How the Boston Store is dealing with wardrobing

Don't Even Think About Returning That Dress.  (Bloomberg, 9/26/2013)
Many merchants have long lived by the mantra that the customer is always right, adopting liberal return policies in hopes of winning the loyalty of free-spending shoppers. But with a recent increase in the wearing and subsequent return of expensive clothes—a practice merchants call wardrobing—many retailers are taking a stronger stand against the industry’s $8.8 billion-a-year return fraud problem.

And why would I even care about this or go to the bother of taking these photographs? you mght be wondering.

Well, as I explained it in a letter to my brother and sister-in-law.

[My wife] and I spent an hour at the West Towne Mall Boston Store yesterday evening, although it seemed longer than that. The purpose of this shopping trip was for her to buy a dress for the wedding we are attending tomorrow in Oak Park, Illinois.  She tried on more than a dozen -- probably closer to 20. In the process, we must have at least eyeballed every single dress in the store's substantial inventory. Flowery patterns seem to be the predominate style for the summer of 2016. 

While she tried on the dresses, I stood near the entrance to the fitting rooms, ready to offer a requested critique. A few times, I didn't have to say a word, as a grimace of disapproval immediately registered on my face. At one point, I thought we might have to leave the store empty-handed and repeat the process at Macy's Hilldale. It was shaping up to be a brutal night.

Fortunately, a Calvin Klein number came to the rescue.

UPDATE: Permanently Occupied Driveway Storage, nearly 2 years later

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I suppose this language from chapter 10 [Accessory Occupancies; Special Standards] of the Middleton City Ordinances applies.  I'll have to ask Mark Opitz the next time I see him.

Related articles:
Neighbors fight a POD invasion.  (Chicago Tribune, 11/29/2007)
Old news in some localities.  It's the homeowner's responsibility to comply with regulations about container placement. You're less likely to owe fees if you can place the container in your driveway or the back of the house. But even if it's in a driveway, some jurisdictions balk if the box remains for more than a month.
Moving storage PODS overstaying their welcome irk neighbors.  (New York Daily News,
"We have people who have had pods in front of their homes for at least 2-1/2 to three years," said Anthony Benfatti, a board member of the civic group.

Photo posted on 9/18/2014
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