Eugene citizens and business owners are largely unaffected by the recession and looking on the bright side.
By Chelsea Bishop
University of Oregon Reporting 1 students conducted interviews of two Friendly-area business owners and one individual on Tuesday and Wednesday that revealed an optimistic calmness concerning the United States’ current economic issues.
Omer Orian, who co-owns the restaurant Off the Waffle with his brother, seemed to be remarkably indifferent to the state of the economy considering his position as a business owner. “We don’t know about any economy. I don’t read the papers.”
Orian hasn’t noticed a difference in sales, but noted that this is probably because Off the Waffle has only been in business for one year, so “the economy has never been good.” Because of this, he said, “We have no expectations, only hopes.”
Kristin Doak, a resident of Friendly, hasn’t noticed any big differences made by the state of the economy either. She says it hasn’t affected her in terms of money or her job – “I’ve mostly only noticed it in food prices; that’s what I spend most of my money on.”
In order for the economy to improve, Doak thinks that the country should work on sustainable living and use the “things the earth gives us” instead of burning coal. She advocates the use of solar power and putting in more windmills, and adds, “We should love and take care of our planet. It’s the only one we’ve got.”
Doak would like to think that the economy has been improving lately, and said that at least now “people are talking about it,” which they weren’t before. “I think our thoughts create our reality. If you choose to listen to negativity and live in fear, then that’s what you’ll get. I try to maintain a positive outlook.”
Scott Landfield, who has owned and operated local store Tsunami Books since its opening 15 years ago, sees the recession as an opportunity for people to readjust their values. The recession has put large corporations on the same level as small local businesses, which he sees as a positive thing for his store. “For years we’ve always been poor, we just feel like everyone else needed to be put where we are.”
Landfield said the recession actually puts smaller businesses at an advantage because they’re used to dealing with less, and the big businesses are not. “We’re seasoned scrappers,” he added, “We know how to cut corners.”
After a period of adapting to the troubled economy, Tsunami Books’ sales actually went up. Landfield has always focused on
providing great service to his customers, which he sees as a particularly crucial way to survive financially difficult times. And over the years, he has come to the conclusion that “Success is something other than money.”