Downed Economy Receives Fresh Outlook

Friendly neighbors and businesses try to remain positive through recession

By: Susie Bartel

The current state of the economy has been difficult to manage for many businesses and individuals, but there is a slight sense of optimism among a Eugene community.

The Friendly neighborhood residents and local shops haven’t felt the pressure of the recession as much as some places around the nation. They continue to have a positive outlook and work with what they have.

Locally owned restaurant, Off the Waffle, hasn’t felt the impact of the recession, partially due the age of the business. Co-owner and manager, Omer Orian, said, “We’ve only been in business for one year, so the economy has never been good.” Orian has noticed an increase in product prices, such as butter. From a business aspect though, he said prices fluctuate all of the time, but he doesn’t know if that is related to the state of the economy.

As the economy continues to be unstable and prices fluctuate, Orian said, “We have no expectations, only hopes.”

Scott Landfield, owner of Tsunami Books for the past 15 years, has found that the economy has changed things. He said, “We’re seasoned scrappers, we know how to cut corners,” he later added, “Success is something other than money.” Landfield viewed the economic change as a time to focus on other essential things the business can offer customers. He said it is important for owners and employees to be personal and friendly, especially during a recession.

Tsunami Books

Landfield continues to look on the positive side of things. He said one of the advantages of the recession is that it puts local businesses on the same playing field as large corporations. Also, there are more people out of work and looking for a job when the economy is in trouble, which allows him to be more selective when hiring.

The positive outlook the Friendly businesses had was also found among the citizens. Kristin Doak, a Friendly resident, hasn’t noticed an impact of the recession in her job or money wise, except for a noticeable increase in food prices. Doak believes that in order for the economy to improve, the nation needs to stop relying on coal. She said, “We need to work on our sustainable living,” such as using the power generated by the wind, water, and sun.

Kristin Doak

Even though the recession hasn’t had a large impact on her life, Doak has noticed a slow improvement. In relation to politics and the economy, she said she “tries to stay out of it.” However, she has been hearing good and bad things about the economy. Doak said this is a good thing because “at least people are talking about it”, which is more than they were beforehand. Doak was focused on the attitude people should have during difficult times. She said, “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.”

About Susie Bartel

I am a Senior at the University of Oregon majoring in journalism (magazine) and minoring in multimedia.
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