Care or don’t care: Bayboro Café, electric-car dealer close; Herman Home to fold; the Papery shrinks

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In Sunday’s paper, it’s noted that Bayboro Café and the electric-car dealer on Fourth Street are closing while Herman Home is fold; the Papery is shrinking and moving.

Should you care or not care?

The Bayboro Cafe’s owner and chef Jeremy Dupuis says he will focus on catering, still under the name Bayboro Café.

“It comes down to being able to cut myself a paycheck,” said Dupuis, who has operated the cafe for almost five years.

Five years, huh? I’ve never been down there once, even though, for a year, I lived less than a half-mile from the restaurant. I drove by it often, but usually my heart was still racing from flying over Thrill Hill.

Sorry, Chef Dupuis, but this goes down in the ‘don’t care’ category.

There weren’t enough green car buyers in the area to support Suncoast Electric Vehicles. The electric car dealership that opened two years ago at 2401 Fourth St. N has closed, reports Katherine Snow Smith.

Suncoast sold cars like the Wheego Life, which can travel 100 miles at 65 mph on one eight-hour electric charge. The Wheego cost $25,495 after tax credits.

$25K for something that looked like a golf cart on steroids? No wonder the place closed.

Still, I care about this closing because it was a tidy little store on Fourth Street, which needs all the tidy little stores it can hold. 

Here’s a novel idea … why not build a bank there; it’s not like Fourth Street doesn’t have enough banks.

Unable to draw enough customers to its off-the-beaten-path location, Herman Home furniture store is also closing. 

I only care about this because it impacts a really nice guy,  nice-guy Ed Biggs. But his interior design business is going well and will continue, so hopefully, I won’t have to care too much.

The Papery is moving from 235 Second Ave. S to 1901 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, the law practice building of Papery owner Julie Bannon’s husband. She said she needs less space as she’s focusing on invitations and will no longer sell gifts or home decor.

I care greatly about this move as I am a frequent shopper at The Papery, although I guess not frequent enough.

Now I am left wondering where will I go to get my personalized Crane thank-you cards? Oh, wait. There’s this thing called the Internet.

Still, I very much enjoyed visiting Bannon’s store for things I never knew I needed.

The Papery’s new location will be open only on Wednesdays and by appointment.

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