I always love receiving these kinds of letters from companies that SCDC has helped. This letter came to me from Dick Leshley, although retired, most people know him from Yellow Cab.
Yellow Cab is an essential company in Coos County. It helps many of us to and from our daily lives.
This is what Dick had to say:
To set the stage I purchased Yellow Cab Taxi in 1986 and the business was located at 2756 Woodland Drive, Coos Bay, Or. We need to skip ahead now to November 2017. I had finalized the sale of my business effective December 31, 2017. The plan was for me to turn the operation to the buyer December 1, 2017, so that he could train his team and effectively take ownership on January 1, 2018. The business was still located at the business complex at 2700 Woodland Dr, Coos Bay, Or. During our occupation, we had significantly upgraded, at our cost, the leased property to meet our growing needs.
On or about November 1, 2017, we received a note from a new owner that our lease due to expire December 31, 2017, would not be renewed. We were not allowed any negotiation. My 30-day year-end vacation was to be postponed. Our issue was that we had to relocate a business that had 11 employees, provided services to 45 professional drivers and needed space to park and maintain 25 vehicles. The good news was that we had at least 60 days to move!
As luck would have it I attended an SCDC Board meeting that first week. I was not a board member or even a member; just an interested community business. At the end of each meeting members and guests are invited to share what is happening with their business. I shared our situation not expecting anything. I was surprised because this group mobilized then to find us a new location. From that date, I was in nearly daily contact with Shaun or Sam giving me needed information on possible sites. Other members stepped up with more information. The happy ending was that we were able to relocate to a larger building at a competitive lease within 45 days.
SCDC is a community asset that quietly (too quietly) works behind the scenes to help our businesses survive, grow and thrive.
Thank you SCDC;
Ok friends I just received this letter from Tanya and Clay Rasley at Canard Labs. I really wanted to share this with you.
Being a small business owner can feel very lonely. Sam and his team at the SCDC make us feel a little less lonely by connecting us to other like-minded business owners through Mastermind Groups and giving us invaluable help with the expansion of our business.
Shaun was lovely enough to connect us with a wonderful second location for our shop in Florence. He accompanied us to the meeting and made us feel as though we had another person in our corner making the transition easy and painless. When we decided to ultimately close that location and refocus our efforts on wholesale and our Coos Bay shop, Shaun rescued us again. He assisted us with the best and easiest way to break a long lease by helping us find another tenant.
Sam was instrumental in introducing our brand to a wonderful shop in Gold Beach securing us a new wholesale stockist! Creating strong relationships with local businesses and helping in any way that they can seems to be the driving force behind what the SCDC stands for.
They practice what they preach. The SCDC team frequents our shop on a regular basis and continues to offer any assistance we may need. They keep us up to date on the new and exciting things happening in the area which is great since we live and breath our business, we can sometimes be a little out of the loop.
The SCDC is a fantastic resource for ANY business at ANY stage. The people running the SCDC are members of our wonderful community and want to see it succeed just as much as we do. We love that they're here for us making us feel like we are part of one big happy family.
With Much Gratitude,
Tanya + Clay Rasley
Owners + Makers
I really enjoy getting letters like this, it makes everything we do at SCDC worthwhile.
If you haven’t been to Canard Labs lately you haven’t been there at all they have a whole new look coming online. Oh and speaking of online you can order all of their stuff on line as well visit them at https://www.canardlabs.com/ .
Make it a great day and remember SCDC is here to help.
I was able to have a conversation with Peggy Howard at Sweet Street Popcorn and her sister Renee Rhodes have a fantastic store and products worth the name. If you have not tried their flavored popcorn or the fudge you are really missing out. Sweet Street is located on the ground floor of the Tioga building in Coos Bay, it has a great location and there are around 9,000 – 16,000 potential customers that pass in front of her shop every day.
Peggy has been noticing that during the summer months that the majority of her sales are coming at the end of her day. Peggy started an experiment and stayed open an extra hour and then two. She found her sales were increasing drastically. How drastically did her sales improve? Well on an average day Sweet Street makes enough to stay open sometimes just barely, by staying open the extra two hours her sales in one day nearly doubled.
Sweet treats opened July 4th, 2017 and to celebrate their one-year anniversary in 2018 they decided to stay open until the fireworks started on the boardwalks. They were surprised with the how many people were out and about, most of them stated that they were they only place open in the area. by the end of the day Sweet Street sold out of all their fudge, popcorn and many other of their delicious and hand made treats. Sales in those four extra hours equaled nearly everything she had made in her store that week combined.
Peggy does not understand why the stores down town don’t take advantage of the extra daylight and tourism traffic that happens in the summer and around holidays. Staying open just a couple of extra hours has made the difference between just barely making ends meet and being able to put extra away for the slower times of the year. To prove the point Sweet Street is now staying open until 8pm until September. Sweet Street would like to see their neighbors join with them and remain open during what is now their peak sales times.
We don’t want to see Coos Bay be a sleepy little town that tells people to move along because there is nothing to do here after 6pm.
If we all do just a little bit we can #growsouthcoast together.
South Coast Development Council.