Another Business Bites the Dust in Boerne

The Parable of the Starfish.

Make a Difference

Yet one more local business closed its doors on Saturday, leaving behind this message on Facebook:

Well, the time has finally come to where we have decided to close our doors. Without the sales volume, we simply have not been able to make the money needed to sustain ourselves. We want to thank each of you who have supported us and done what you could to help us grow. The monetary loss is something very hard to deal with. But, we walk away with our heads held high in the fact that we were able to start a business and come up with a concept that most people will agree was unique and clever enough to have had a real chance of success. Unfortunately, it did not work out. But, we want to thank each of you who have personally touched us by your well wishes. Many of you, some complete strangers, have made comments that have brought a smile to our faces even in our darkest days. Money will come and go. But, life is about the memories we take with us long after the money is gone. Each of you have helped us to look at life and confirm that we are all connected in one way or another. We know we are only 1 of 1000’s of businesses that have been unable to make it. Most people have heard the Parable of the Starfish. But, just in case you haven’t heard it, here it is:

One morning an elderly man was walking on a nearly deserted beach. He came upon a boy surrounded by thousands and thousands of starfish. As eagerly as he could, the youngster was picking them up and throwing them back into the ocean.

Puzzled, the older man looked at the young boy and asked, “Little boy, what are you doing?”

The youth responded without looking up, “I’m trying to save these starfish, sir.”

The old man chuckled aloud, and queried, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”

Holding a starfish in his hand, the boy turned to the man and, gently tossing the starfish into the water, said, “It will make a difference to that one!”

Well, each of you in your own way have made us feel like that 1 special starfish.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you and God bless!

I read the post aloud to my family. My son said, “Why did you read that? It’s depressing.”

Well, exactly, it is depressing to all of the community when businesses close their doors. We need to be cognizant of the fact that every business failure represents lives that once dreamed of taking advantage of the American dream, seizing the opportunity to chart their own course. Investments, years of savings perhaps, are now gone. High school kids who had jobs after school are now out of work, leaving their parents a heavier burden. Strip malls that are empty create a nervous negativity that permeates the neighborhood psyche.

Business closures, due to a bad economy, government regulation and uncertainty — or controllable things like poor financial planning or location, have a ripple effect that can become a tidal wave if intentional efforts aren’t made to contain them.

Wrap it Up’s failure is just one of many recent closings in this otherwise prosperous town that I’ve come to love.

Quiznos? Gone. Marble Slab Creamery? Gone. Uncle Bernie’s Ice Cream? Gone. Boabab Tree? Gone. Wine Seller – voted Best of the Best for the past three years? Gone. Surely there are more, but those are just the one’s I’ve noticed since moving here a few months ago.

What to do? I’m making a conscious effort to support local businesses. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve walked down Main Street, popping into the little Mom and Pop bakeries, and gift shops to see if there is something I can buy to help the cause. I bought a small piece of cake and coffee at Bear Moon Bakery and used the opportunity to meet the counter help. I didn’t even eat the cake, but that was not the point. There’s a sink stopper with a Texas star on it in my kitchen sink that I purchased from the Rusty Bucket….not something I needed, but it was only a few bucks. A few doors down from there I picked up a pair of earrings on sale, 75% off. At the store with no name – noted by a multi-colored metal chicken out front, like a Mexican garage sale, I found a ceramic wall sconce, and with a little bargaining, it didn’t set me back too much. The owner had a turntable, playing Glen Campbell hits. It was comforting.

On Sunday night, we drove past the Wendy’s and Burger Whop :) and Taco Cabana — all fine establishments — and pulled into a little restaurant on the corner of a strip mall. The decor looked original to 1975, but the hot and sour soup was so good I did what I never do – I ordered a second bowl. Why not? It was only $1.25.

$1.25! And the iced tea, free refills of large glasses– was only .95 cents. The egg rolls were fresh and full of veggies, no skimping. And, unbelievably, the three of us had dinner there for less than $30. For a sit-down, full service place, that’s pretty incredible these days. I’m so glad we found this little gem.

I guess the purpose of this post is to encourage everyone to scout out new businesses to support. Put it in the budget… every dollar that you spend to support the free market is a dollar that says to the big government progressives in the Obama administration: Take THAT! It’s my “wealth” and I’m the one who will determine where I distribute it.

It’s up to us to try to save our economy. Our communities. Ourselves. One business at a time.

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12 Comments on “Another Business Bites the Dust in Boerne”

  1. Rick Williamson Says:

    Thank you for the reminder. I typically make a point to patronize local, family owned establishments, but I admit, sometimes, haste gets the better of me and I look for quick and easy. You are One Great American Sara and are truly missed in our community, but what a blessing to your new community! Thanks Again for the reminder and All that you do. Rick W.



  2. John Boddie Says:

    Something to think about, and another reason to buy American and buy local –

    The real “job creators” are called “customers.”



  3. John Boddie Says:

    As log as we’re thinking about things –

    Do you think that the contest for world leadership will be decided on the battlefield or in the classroom?



    • Sara for America Says:

      I’m sure we’ll agree on this one.

      The classroom is where the real war is being waged – the war of ideologies.

      My two college aged kids spend hundreds of dollars in tuition to “learn” about “diversity” at their university. As required coursework to get a degree, there’s no way around it, and it’s frankly, perverted.

      Isn’t it your opinion, also, that the obvious goal of “education” today is indoctrination in the doctrine of unexceptionalism, so that tomorrow’s leaders don’t favor one nation over another? Even – no, particularly! – our own. Naively thinking this will lead to world peace – brotherhood of man – kumbaya …. as if eons of human instinct can be eradicated.

      My three kids were educated in public schools, but I wouldn’t do it again. If I had to do it over again, I’d pursue a master’s in education and open a charter school, where the goal would be to actually TEACH valuable knowledge in an interesting way. Shameful that there aren’t enough schools doing that, and that the government sets up so many roadblocks to make it so difficult.



      • John Boddie Says:

        Sara – I agree wholeheartedly that way too much time is spent on “feel good” and “social skills” activities in the schools. The fact is that it’s difficult to find many teachers or students who are enthusiastic about this stuff.

        That being said, it’s also difficult to believe that cutting funds for teachers and classrooms is the solution.

        You talk about a war of ideologies, but that’s a sideshow for adults. What’s happening is that today’s graduates lack the basic math, science and language skills needed to become productive workers and thoughtful citizens.

        This is an issue where changing the status quo is squarely in the hands of our governors, and very few of them (if any) are making it a priority.



        • Sara for America Says:

          It’s not a sideshow because we are talking roundabout the same thing! We both agree too much time is wasted in the classroom.

          Why shouldn’t we cut funds for teachers and the classroom UNLESS we change that status quo? Otherwise we just fund more of the same….we entrench the administrators and bureaucrats who are unwilling to rock the boat because if they do so they are ostracized, we promote only those who are willing to say “yes” to feds requiring “feel good” and “social skills” activities.

          My Lord, we just need wholesale changes everywhere top to bottom. Not sure we’re ever going to get it, until the bottom falls out.



        • Rick Williamson Says:

          I have a Son 32 and a Daughter 22 that both sucessfully made it through the “Public School System” without psychological impairments. From my perspective, having to constantly challenge the School System’s Mantra of the month, and to counter their propaganda with reality. I believe that the Public system is more concerned with teaching children how to feel rather than how to think. It has been some time since I last looked at our School systems financial picture, but I imagine not much has changed. The amount of the budget that went to Administrators and staff, were way out of live, way too top heavy. Throwing more money in a system designed to fatten the wallets of Administrators, Staff, psychologists, counselors, etc. instead of Increasing the pay for Good teachers and classroom needs.



          • Sara for America Says:

            lol kinda sad that we have to consider making it through the CCPS system without lasting psychological impairments a “success”! Mine went through the same system, so I can relate…. anyway, I’ll tell you what I think is crazy. My kids have a total lack of financial skills outside of what I’ve taught them. And it is the same way in TX. My son called me because some of the kids on his summer work crew (working for the university) were upset after seeing how much was taken out for taxes, and wondered why there was so much disparity between their checks (determined by how they filled out their W-4 of course).

            These “smart”, highly educated, kids have:

            No idea how to fill out a W-4 and are given no direction by the employers
            No idea how to read a paycheck — as far as how to distinguish the different deductions
            No idea how taxes are really calculated

            That’s pathetic. I’m truly thinking of starting a business going into schools and talking about how to Get a Job, and how to Get Paid. So basic. I’ve been told by some business owners here that kids come in and don’t even know how to fill out a job application, that they sit there stymied, for an hour looking at the form. And they freak out when asked for references.

            But they have been well versed in sexual harassment, cultural IDs, and “fairness”.


  4. John Boddie Says:

    Re: “Why shouldn’t we cut funds for teachers and the classroom UNLESS we change that status quo?”

    I understand the frustration, but what happens to the students?

    We have the power in our hands right now. We elect school boards. We elect state legislators. We elect governors. We can get measurements of our children’s levels of accomplishment. What are we waiting for?

    Education is much too important to be left in the hands of “educators.”




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