I go to a Seattle founded, west-coast chain barbershop called Rudy’s once every few months to get my ears lowered, and occasionally I’ll buy a tin of Grants Pomade . Yesterday I was hoping to pick up a fresh tin, but was told they were out. I asked ‘why’, and the stylist told me that Grant was on vacation and hadn’t been making his product for a few weeks, so they (and everyone else in the city) were out.
I had known Grant’s Pomade was a local business, but never considered that Grant was a person rather than a brand name, and certainly never thought that the company was one man working on Capitol Hill, or that when he wasn’t making it, there wasn’t any. Something about it felt right, and although not having the hair product I wanted right away was a minor inconvenience, I’m more than happy to wait for Grant to get back from vacation rather than buy another brand.
Tangentially, after reading about on-site lifecycles in The Carbon Efficient City, an idea I had several years ago popped into mind. I think it would be an awesome if individuals in neighborhoods purchased solar panels and installed them on their roofs, then fed the energy back into a hyper-local power grid and sold off the excess to the power company. Imagine every roof in Wallingford, from the OFC to the elementary school and every house inbetween having solar panels with lines running directly into the above ground power lines. How cool would that be for kicking off an ‘eco-district’? It could be funded through LID dollars, which could then be paid back from the excess energy sold to the power company, then once paid back, would be extra income for neighborhood improvement projects.