Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Kansas City 'One More Cup' Closing Contradicts City Hall Biz Friendly Claims
One of the very best locally owned coffee shops in Kansas City is calling it quits.
Here's their announcement:
They're far too nice to do it so we will . . .
THE BELOVED COFFEE SHOP SHUT DOWN REMINDS US THAT KCMO HYPE ABOUT "BUSINESS FRIENDLY" CITY HALL IS NOTHING MORE THAN PROPAGANDA!!! KANSAS CITY IS ACTUALLY A PRETTY HORRIBLE PLACE TO RUN A SMALL BIZ!!!
Sure, big companies garner a litany of tax breaks and special considerations whereas small biz is overly regulated, hit with one politically-charged mandate after the next and confronted with a litany of taxes.
With every shut down there are always trolls who blame the owners but in this case fault falls directly on City Hall.
A few examples:
- Wornall, the street where OMC is located, is a hot mess of a road that has been horrible to navigate for the better part of a year thanks to horribly planned streetscaping followed by, ironically, a Winter pothole crisis that has yet to be fixed.
- There's also the question of crime: In 2017 an early morning shooting spree scared away a lot of biz from this block.
- Worst of all, the current property tax fight hits small biz harder than most. It's no coincidence that we're noticing an uptick in biz shut downs when assessments have increased more than 400% in some instances thanks to a faulty process.
Most small biz in KC shuts down within 5 years but this popular locale, which garnered a fiercely loyal clientele and seemed poised for the long run, did everything right yet still couldn't find a place in a horrifically overtaxed, violent and divisive local marketplace.
You decide . . .