Brick offers chance to mirror, symbol of growth for Payne County Commissioner – Stillwater News Press
Previously week, there’s a chance individuals have missed the loss of a constructing alongside Sixth Avenue in Stillwater – the Wendy’s that was positioned at 724 W. sixth Ave. is not any extra, as the placement shall be residence to a extra fashionable web site whereas a brand new Wendy’s location close to Academy Sports activities north of Lakeview Street on Perkins Street has opened.
It might need been exhausting to discover that with all the development close by, however the authentic location on Sixth is now nothing greater than bricks. One of these bricks was collected, and can quickly function a reminder of totally different occasions for Payne County District 2 Commissioner Chris Reding. He made certain he picked up a brick after demolition as a result of that previous Wendy’s has particular which means for him.
“Once they very first opened up, I used to be on the opening crew,” Reding mentioned. “Me and, I don’t know what number of different individuals, have been put again there, and we bought to strive Wendy’s hamburgers for the primary time. If somebody went by way of the drive-through the primary week of the shop opening, the percentages are fairly good I made your hamburger.
“It was a brand new idea in hamburgers on the time – you had McDonald’s the place you possibly can get your hamburger, fries and Coke or perhaps a Huge Mac, however that was it. Right here, you truly bought to order what you needed in your hamburger. Pickles, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, no matter you needed you bought. Which may not appear a giant deal now, however it was then. It was an actual neat, quick course of to watch individuals put collectively hamburgers. And it was all achieved vocally; now everybody has a pc display to take a look at displaying what the order is, you then learn the order off and undergo the method. Very totally different course of again then. The tip outcome is identical, however simply watching how know-how has modified.”
Reding has lived in Stillwater all however 4 or 5 years, and the adjustments he has seen have in some methods mirrored the way in which the nation has progressed. Gone is a considerably industrialized north facet of Stillwater, which Reding mentioned hasn’t had a lot of a alternative – that’s not essentially indicative of your entire financial system, however it’s one thing totally different Reding has seen.
That has prolonged to the restaurant business, which Reding has seen change with the way in which People select to eat.
“Eating places are doing fairly nicely with the financial system slowing down somewhat bit over the past couple of years, they’re altering some issues by providing extra takeout than individuals consuming in,” Reding mentioned. “That’ll all decide up when oil picks again up. These manufacturing jobs are the largest change and the exhausting change in Stillwater.
“And the altering nature of how this nation eats. After I was a child, we went out perhaps twice a month – my dad was a supervisor on the union cafeteria so we bought a free meal, after which one different time as a result of of some big day. Our selections again then have been so restricted; A&W Root Beer was proper down the road, and there was a Burger Chef, a pair locations kinda like that. However not a complete lot, as a result of everyone ate at residence. Now, individuals eat out much more – eating places are doing much more takeout which is an attention-grabbing factor. Households are nonetheless consuming collectively, however it’s not their very own meals they made.”
The long run is vibrant for Stillwater in Reding’s eyes, one thing evident in how a lot building and planning there may be round OSU’s campus and different areas of the city.
However the largest think about how Stillwater will develop comes within the type of its inhabitants – Reding mentioned that may assist drive extra companies to Stillwater, some of them retailers individuals clamor for typically as a substitute of the latest restaurant to open.
“You nearly say the official chicken of Stillwater is the crane, as a result of there are such a lot of in there,” Reding mentioned. “There's a bunch of building happening, and that’s thrilling and good for the financial system. As I take a look at the growth of town, I look ahead to after we can perhaps push out town boundaries somewhat bit to incorporate individuals dwelling in Stillwater for all intents and functions however don’t get counted within the census. We now have individuals who care about Stillwater and hope and care about reaching 50,000 individuals on the town.
“There’s loads of companies that will come into city if we did; loads of companies which have taken the chance on the 46, 47 or 48 have achieved nicely as a result of we spend cash like a a lot larger city. When Crimson Lobster tried somewhat retailer right here a very long time in the past, they’ve at all times achieved nicely. I believe the individuals who take the chance and are available right here early do very well, and the individuals who will come as soon as we attain 50,000 will profit extra.”