This past year the City of Anoka spent thousands of dollars ($25,000) developing a branding and marketing campaign for roll-out this fall/winter.
As a business owner and member of Rediscover Anoka as well as the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce, I was honored to be on the steering committee for this project.
During the process, I became optimistic and even excited about the future of downtown Anoka.
However, in recent months it has become clear to me that the whole thing is pointless and doomed to fail unless the stakeholders (i.e. landlords) in this town:
1. fill the empty spaces and
2. fill them with tenants who will draw customers - that is desirable customers, to town.
Does a "smoke shop" called Redrum (murder spelled backwards) fill that bill?
Is a poster of a Goth girl with an anarchy symbol on her dress and stitches across her forehead the kind of thing you want to see on a block that also houses an annex for Sandburg Middle School? How about a poster of a guy sporting a fat, hand-rolled "cigarette"?
Yes, there are some exciting things happening in our downtown.
But why does it seem that with every step forward, we take two steps back?
Downtown business owner
This corner is a "Gateway" to downtown Anoka from the Municipal Parking Ramp and the Condo project area.
Redrum relocated to Anoka from Cambridge MN where it was granted a tobacco sales license October 15, 2007.
The building owner is John Becker Properties LLC. brother-in-law of Paul Pierce.
"Redrum" is also street slang for a potent form of heroin.
Online Petition - Stop Murder Spelled Backwards Selling Drug Paraphernalia www.gopetition.com/online/22252.html