April 3rd, 2009 by Marianne McCann
I recently said some stuff in this blog about Bay city. Now the flip side.
You see, about a month or so ago, one of the primary landholders in my end of Bay City decided to sell his properties. This put several plots on the market. In short order, they started to be flipped back and forth between a few of the larger names in land. Then, fate stepped in.
CP Costello and Mystery Moonlight bought the plot next to mine and set up a shoe store for a friend of theirs, Nikki Hird. they took design cues from my own store, and themed it like an ice cream store. Looks really nice up next to mine. They also bought a plot across the sim, putting in a tattoo shop dressed as a barber shop. The plots in question had never really been home to much, with only one of the two housing even a slightly active business (a collection of affiliate vendors) for any length of time.
Rezit Sideways and Infiner Morigi grabbed a slightly larger plot on my end of town for a new main store for Designs of Darkness. This filled in a gap that had formerly been home to an unused garage-like structure.
Ewan Mureaux scored a plot and turned it into a rental property, luring Elle74 Zaftig of Bellissima and Jacqueline Boehm of 1-800 Bettie’s to open a joint location where there previously was an unused factory build.
I also bought one of these plots, where once a largely unused skyscraper stood. I turned around and sold it to my friend Johnathon Spad, who wanted a place for his bicycle shop. It’s a great, googie-inspired storefront.
Rounding out this area is a store for jewelry and accessories called Seventy Seven owned by Seraina Benelli, a home owned by Anya Enyo, a mixed products store called Gatespace owned by konp Koba, and the offices of a couple different land dealers (TC Enterprises and R & S Investments).
Its exciting to me to look at this area, and see the builds there. They all generally fit the area’s theme. They all look good. They carry quality merchandise. All of us who own these stores are able to work together.
Perhaps most exciting to me is this: when people come through they area, they’re actually interested enough to walk around. These stores catch their eyes, and make them curious.
Now sure, the average fan of 1-800-Bettie’s might not be shopping for a bicycle. The “You know, For Kids” crowd is not entirely likely to pop over to Designs of Darkness for all their “ebil” stuff (though, to be honest, I think their stuff is pretty cool). Nevertheless, the average shopper might at least find this eclectic collection of shops to their liking in one way or another. There’s a lot of retro fans. DOD folks might like the Slingray “Chawper” bikes. Bettie’s fans might enjoy some of the goods at Seventy Seven. My customers will like some of the shoes, the bikes, and maybe some of the other goods there. I know my traffic has gone up in the last week, and I’m sure it has for all the others in the area, too.
This is a business community, and one that works. We support each other, in our own little ways. We might call to each other across the sim, or talk to each other about issues within the sim, or heck, just walk over some night and say hi.
it’s unlike most of the mainland. It’s different. It’s fun — and I like it.
In the SL forums, someone said that it was up to the Residents of Bay City to make the place a success or a failure. I can’t speak for the other regions in the area, but Imaginario is racking up a lot of wins right now.