EDITORíS DESK: Thoughts on the Garmanís closing
Sad, sad news about Michael Garman. He seems to be taking it well, at least publicly. What else can he do - what would any of us do? - upon learning we had just
two years left to live? It's one thing to sense the sand slipping from the hourglass, it's quite another for it to be on a timer. And for those of us accustomed to those
steady flashes of Garman creativity and that big, strong commercial presence, going back more than 30-odd years at Colorado Avenue and Colbrunn Court, it's a
terrible jolt to realize the building will become something else and the man behind it will himself be gone.
I guess this is where a person could try to wax philosophically about the meaning of life, but the train of my thought is clacking in another direction. Because when you think about it, what is happening to Garman's is part of a Westside experience that has been happening for years and will continue to do so. Places like the Merri- Lane or Osborne's drugstore or the old opera house precede my time, but I'm sure each one of them when they ended left a wake of disappointed friends and/or customers. So, would I rather have a dispassionate corporate world over here, in which no going concern would ever end because a faceless board of directors would be on hand to ensure its maximum economic viability (or conversely to shut it down when profits start dropping)? Not on your life. It's the family-run businesses that make the Westside what it is, and every one of them that thrives, then fades into the sunset - sad though that may be - can take comfort in having added to that unique flesh-and-blood tapestry. Garman's especially will be a shining example of individual pluck and talent, and his success story will be told by our historians for years to come.
By contrast, the Sunrise Company's development proposal at Fillmore and Mesa is about as dispassionate as they come. Looking forward to that privacy wall along Fillmore? Me, neither.