Monday, November 23, 2009
Broadway Businesses Busted for Stolen Items
Guest post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman
By now, many people have either seen the KSTP video or read the Strib article about how five businesses along West Broadway were busted for selling stolen merchandise. (JNS policy is usually to not link to Strib stories, since the links can go dead over time. However, this is the only article I found that lists the names and addresses of the businesses in question.) I've taken the liberty of expanding on the Strib's list and providing images so readers know which businesses specifically are involved.
So which businesses are they? Read more to find out...
First up, the photo above is of Best Wireless, at 931 West Broadway.
Not too far away is Digital City, at 905 West Broadway.
Farther down the street, two businesses are located in the same building. We've got Janine's Foods, at 1510 West Broadway.
And CNS Wireless at 1506 West Broadway.
Finally, at 1120 West Broadway is the Broadway Car Wash.
While I was at both Janine's Foods and the Broadway Car Wash, I had people yelling at me about taking pictures. My standard reply of "I'm taking pictures of buildings, not people," which I used back when the EcoVillage was full of ne'er-do-wells, did not calm these folks down in the least. As much as I hate to cast aspersions or declare a business as unsavory based on who is hanging around, this experience did not say good things about either business.
Furthermore, the Broadway Car Wash was the subject of a successful neighborhood intervention earlier this year. Now I'm even more relieved that they didn't get their zoning variance approved to put a drive-through in this building.
In fairness to the owners of these businesses, it's not clear whether this activity was done with the owners' blessing or knowledge, or if it was done by some rogue employees. But now JNS readers know which businesses are at issue, and can decide where to spend their dollars accordingly.