by CJ on THE VINE
posted Jul 2 2014 10:58AM
Sometimes we take things for granted that we think will be around forever, but don't necessarily take action to ensure they really do. I was thinking about this a couple of weeks ago while shopping for a Father's Day gift for my husband. In an effort to support his ongoing projects I began the hunt for a work table where he could place his tools. I checked at Home Depot, Lowes, looked online but everyone knows that the go-to store is Sears when it comes to tools, garage orgainzation stuff, appliances, etc. Sure enough, when I checked them out, I found several work tables. So on Father's Day I dragged my guy off to Sears and made him make the final decision. He found exactly what he wanted. I've heard Sears is a somewhat endangered store, and an argument could be made, I suppose, that it's less relevent today, and yet, me and my husband often find ourselves heading there for tools, a lawn mower ... a work table. It's just that the visits are far between, so it's not hard to wonder how they stay sustainable. Last weekend we had a live broadcast at A&W restaraunt in St. Helena. You may have heard they've reopened. And the current owner is a previous manager - Pete Knight. Pete knows a little bit about running a successful A&W. After leaving the St. Helena site, he headed to Lodi, the birthplace of A&W, and bought a store there. Under his leadership it's been going strong for the last 15 plus years. So he's employed some of the same winning strategies in St. Helena ... including bringing back cruise night. That's why 99.3 The Vine was there ... to announce to everyone that anyone could bring their classic car or truck for viewing ... and buy root beer floats for just 95 cents! Did you know A&W has been around for 95 years? I didn't. How long has it been since you've had a root beer float from A&W? For me, I can't remember. So I made up for that on Saturday. I got lost in the creamy vanilla ice cream and the sharp taste of the root beer swirled together in a perfect blend, that on a hot day, is the final word in satisfaction. A&W is open seven days a week and cruise night is every month through October. Like Sears, I'd like to see A&W stick around for another 95 years ... and we can do both, with one tool or root beer float at a time! Happy 4th of July ya'll!