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MDZ
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Just curious you guy's.

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Topic starter Posted : April 20, 2009 4:39 pm
dntw8up
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Jiffy Lube

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Posted : April 20, 2009 5:01 pm
STXResident
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Krispy Kreme

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Posted : April 20, 2009 6:06 pm
Bombi
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A water park

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Posted : April 20, 2009 6:23 pm
Cody K
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Home Depot on STX

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Posted : April 20, 2009 6:45 pm
Yearasta
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I love that Jiffy Lube idea!

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Posted : April 20, 2009 7:03 pm
MDZ
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So would a quik lube/ car wash do good then?

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Topic starter Posted : April 20, 2009 7:36 pm
nforbes
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i would love an automatic car wash. i don't have time to do it myself and i'd rather go through the machine than pay someone to do it. also, i'd like a place that did oil changes and basic things like that, quickly. not to leave my car overnight. i've used the oil genie before but, again, might be nice to have an all-inclusive place...but then you'd have to get mechanics which is tough.

Target.

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Posted : April 20, 2009 8:04 pm
Trade
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Ditto on the quick oil change/lube place.

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Posted : April 20, 2009 8:09 pm
Yearasta
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We have a car wash....and also lots of dudes that washes cars in parking lots....

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Posted : April 20, 2009 9:49 pm
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I like the water park idea. It could use salt water from the ocean.

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Posted : April 20, 2009 11:29 pm
DUN
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Walmart, W/ megga food center(w/ prices 10% over stateside like RadioShack does).

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Posted : April 21, 2009 12:07 am
janapril
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are they alot of business on the islands, meaning will it benefit anyone with a business degree to move there

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Posted : April 22, 2009 9:09 pm
Trade
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I thought you were getting your Master's in Education, Janapril. Decided not to teach?

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Posted : April 22, 2009 11:03 pm
SunshineCruzan
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oooooh! Krispy Kreme! ooooooo....(tu)

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Posted : April 23, 2009 4:07 am
Sauceress
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Whole Foods
Real and reliable broadband

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Posted : April 23, 2009 5:54 am
limetime2
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Taco Bell. Everyone I know wants a taco bell and I can not fathom why one hasn't opened yet.

And on a completely different note.... A small business that I've always wanted to see someone start is a septic pump out service for live aboard boaters. Currently A LOT of people live aboard their boats here and anchor in our harbours. Although the law is that they have to way anchor and travel 3 miles out to pump out their septic tanks... they don't. They dump right in the harbor. A lot of people have different rationalizations for this..or deny they do it... but the fact is they all do. It grosses me out. In the states, when I lived aboard, we had a service that came by the boat every month or as needed to pump out the septic. These guys did a great business and often offered other services as well to yachties. I think, with the cooperation of the DPNR, a person could start up a business like that , small part time business that doesn't rape the boaters but provides a needed service and helps our environment... and our liveaboard peoples in STT and STX would all comply. I think most of them would love the service cause they hate to admit that they pump directly into the sea....

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Posted : April 23, 2009 11:27 am
Betty
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Taco Bell is very expensive franchise. One of the many requirements is you must have 400k cash (not part of the payment or a loan) on hand. I want one so bad I looked into it.

Don't start a restaurant here, your life will never be your own, you will work like a dog.

Jiffy Lube's not a bad idea. But if I were you I would avoid the franchise fees and just model a place after it. Having a business here has many hidden costs. Like gross receipts tax. And the fact that everything is more expensive here.

I personally would live here and find out what you think before you really focus on one project.

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Posted : April 23, 2009 11:32 am
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i would love a real newsstand with every magazine and newspaper available but dont think it would go over too well. a hallmark store is also a nice idea but again dont think it would work

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Posted : April 23, 2009 11:44 am
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A big dollar project but one I think would be beneficial to the islands is an alternative energy manufacturer (solar/wind). It could be an EDC beneficiary and instead of donating the required $$ to charities they could donate the equivalent in solar/wind products to non-profits and schools (maybe even to help WAPA create more affordable power for everyone!). These products are selling like crazy so it would make money, employ people in a manufacturing plant and provide some relief in paying WAPA bills.
I can dream....

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Posted : April 23, 2009 12:12 pm
AllMashUp
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Can a private entity repair a public road? I'd gladly pay some cash to fix a pothole I have to navigate twice a day to work.

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Posted : April 23, 2009 12:28 pm
Betty
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I like divinggirls idea, along the same idea, a factory that makes houses like force 10, that would bring the costs of them way down and make buying a home more affordable.

Speedy, schooner market has the magazine rack of your dreams but not the newspapers. The "bookstore" in gallowsbay is more of a card shop then a bookstore. Or are you looking for hallmark nicknaks?

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Posted : April 23, 2009 12:52 pm
sherri
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STT had a Taco Bell once in Sugar Estate. Closed down, guessing it was not a success.

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Posted : April 23, 2009 1:01 pm
divinggirl
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Betty - I know someone who investigated building a Force 10 factory here and met with too much governmental resistance so they abandoned the idea. Too bad because that would be great since Force 10 is becoming more and more popular. One day our local government will help new business instead of hinder it. Once again...I can dream!

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Posted : April 23, 2009 2:13 pm
Betty
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Ahhh....I hadn't heard that. Last I heard (At least a year or two agao) M & M contruction was building some. But that may have been a rumor. I know there are a couple of other types that are getting built, but I really like force 10 the best. I know how you feel about dreamin. We're still about a year or two out from starting our dream home. Did anyone go to the open house for that eco house out in cotton valley? We totally spaced on sunday. I really wanted to see their "solar membrame" instead of panels.

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Posted : April 23, 2009 2:24 pm
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