Sunday, August 28, 2005

Do we need another liquor store?


Reliable Grocery II has applied for a transferof their liquor license to the space currently occupied by Cotton Basics. From what I can tell from a quick peak inside, Reliable Grocery if a reliable liquor store.

Based on what I see on Cortland, I'm not so sure it's a good idea to have more locations selling liquor. Feel free to share your thoughts and protests with the address provided on the application notice:


Departmental Headquarters
3810 Rosin Court, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834

14 Comments:

Anonymous Gregory Gavin said...

4 SOURCES OF HARD LIQUOR ON CENTRAL CORTLAND?

While I think the Reliable business is more well run than the deplorable "Pay Little" accross from the Catholic church (shut this one down?), I can't imagine any situation where it would be desirable for our neighborhood to have FOUR (hard) liquor stores on central Cortland street alone. But this is the scenario we're looking at because the owner's of Reliable's current building want to keep a liquor store open there after they boot the very professional current Reliable people.

THE FUTURE OF HARD LIQUOR ON CORTLAND
1) the current location of Reliable
2) Reliable's new location (formerly Cotton Basics)
3) JC's Market
4) Pay Little Market

I'm sorry this is not the Cortland Street I want.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't forget that the Goodlife also has a Type 21 Liquor license (hard liquor). They are evaluating to see if it would be a good idea to start to sell hard liquor as well.

I don't want to see another liquor store either. In fact, I think we cut back on the number of liquor stores.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't forget that the Goodlife also has a Type 21 Liquor license (hard liquor). They are evaluating to see if it would be a good idea to start to sell hard liquor as well.

I don't want to see another liquor store either. In fact, I think we cut back on the number of liquor stores.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DO WE NEED ANOTHER LIQUOR LICENSE - NO - IN THE FUTURE LOCATION OF RELIABLE THERE ARE 5 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSES BEING HELD WITHIN ONE BLOCK.
GOOD LIFE
SKIPS
WILD SIDE
LIBERTY CAFE
RESTAURANT NEXT TO BANK.

WITH JOE'S IT WOULD BE 6.
WITHIN ONE BLOCK -

IS IT ME OR IS THAT TOO MANY...

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No its not you. In fact there are just too many places to get liquor along the Cortland Corridor. Its time Cortland reflected the neighborhood that is moving into Bernal. And that includes fewer liquor stores and the problems associated with them.

the opportunity is there to get rid of two liquor stores. That would mean licenses for the old Reliable (249 Cortland) and the New Reliable (aka Cotton Basics) would not be issued.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand getting rid of the new reliable, but why the old one.
It's out of the way, in its own block with zoning parking. the old reliable is of no concern to me, is the new one that would add to the problem. if you want to get rid of 2 licenses howabout the bars.

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If someone is going to get alcohol, they're going to get alcohol, the amount of places to purchase it isn't going to affect that.

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can't believe the people on this blog! are your lives so perfect that you can judge others and try to control their futures?!?!?!
live and let live...
when did everyone in bernal become gods?!?!
btw, you aren't

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand that last post.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reality is that the store is ugly and is lit up like candle3commonsterstick park, I keep expecting to see someone running out of it with a football. Before that happens though I'll probably see someone running out of it with a gun and a fist full of cash & liquor. After all the effort the other merchants put into making their stores look nice we get this! Why do you think they sell miniatures? It's not for little people. Bernal doesn't need crap like this it needs more genuine local needs like Heartfelt, Geranium and Bernal Yoga.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A gun and a fistful of cash? Come on. The carping sounds so pathetic at this point.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wrote the last but one comment and you're right..I agree...I'm carping. But hey, this is a carping site isn't it? I may have been a little harsh and I wish no ill to new businesses but let's be realistic. The store is NOT needed and can only really serve those who require liquor or Twinkie's 24/7. Now I know I shouldn't be too hard on drinkers, I enjoy imbibing myself. I'm just trying to make the hill a better place to live.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not saying anything about carping, but I disagree on the way you describe the clientele for Reliable. We were able to get mac & cheese (a healthy brand) for our kids at Reliable over the weekend when we needed it.

The question of whether a business is "needed" is a little beside the point (and pretty subjective, based on personal taste etc.) Generally, if a business succeeds, then it's found a need and it stays. From my point of view, I don't need nail salons here, but I can't argue with their right to be here or their apparent success. Cotton Basics couldn't make it, the expensive kids clothing store next to Tom's couldn't make it, Queen Bee boutique down by what's now Chez Mamman couldn't make it, Palatino couldn't make it, Jolino jewelry couldn't make, Lucky gift couldn't make it... And it's hard to say if any of these "made the hill a better place to live." For my money, I'm glad to be able to buy mac & cheese at odd hours. I never bought cotton t-shirts in the Reliable space, or videos (store before), or European magazines (store before that).

Know what I mean?

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok I'll concede and totally understand re: Mac & Cheese, I had to go through that period myself albeit ten years ago with my kids. I'm willing to give Reliable a chance, I just wish their decor was more in tune with the new Bernal businesses i.e. nice to look at and nice to be in.

11:06 AM  

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