I was walking to the beach the other day and noticed that Kim's Food Corner at 600 Mildred was gone. I guess it finally happened last month, but it's not my every day go to market (we go to the Abbot Kinney liquor store - for now) so I only just saw the shuttered doors now. It's sad.
Another little Mom and Pop shop gone. I wonder if the people with all the big ideas lately are going to put in a Walmart? Wouldn't that be the greatest?! I actually hear it's going to be a restaurant, which I guess is fine - as long as it's not a chain. I'll miss stopping in for beach provisions on my way down the boulevard. I'll miss the little small talk with nice Mr. Kim. I'll miss yet another spot where there was something affordable inside for anyone to buy. I'll miss the mural of the canals on the side.
With all of this happening so much lately, I truly hope it never comes to the day when I have to say "I miss Venice" because I then live in some remote village, unreachable by greedy landlords or giant corporations. I truly hope.
RIP, Kim's! You were really good neighbors, already missed.