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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jan 7 11:53 PM

Jan 8th, 2019: Family Business

Your Grandfather started the business in 1894, then your Dad took over and kept the business strong. You’ve been told since you
were a toddler you would be the next in line to carry on. You spent all your Saturdays there, all your vacations there, you’ve been
groomed to take over your whole life, so family, friends, indeed the whole city assumes you will take over.

♫ Spring boy, spring boy,
♪ Whatcha gonna do,
♪ Whatcha gonna do,
♫ When they come for you?

Say no, I want to be an astronaut, or a monk, or an artist? Nope, your life, your future, your world is... springs.

Muelles Ros – selling exclusively springs – has been run by the same family for three generations, since 1894. Every spring has a reference number going into the thousands, and the owner knows each one and where it is in the shop. I asked, and so he explained and showed me that there are various types of springs: tension, torsion and compression, just to name a few. The place is jaw-dropping. I’d never contemplated the detail in the design of springs, or how big, thick, delicate or complex they come.

It’s probable, however, that this is the last generation to keep the shop running. Highly educated heirs inherit their forefathers’ hardware stores but prefer instead to do office-based or creative jobs, meaning the business will likely be sold on.
That said, for those businesses that don’t die with their owner, shops such as “Chinos”, supermarkets and megastores in the outskirts are steadily replacing these specialist shops, triggering a decline in city-centre hardware stores, and even worse: forfeiting specialist knowledge.

Let’s not underestimate the importance of local businesses. They provide human contact, something we’re gradually learning to see as an inconvenience. They’re also part of the world we love in theory: they offer a convenience we didn’t realise we still had. Above all, local businesses are the fabric of a city, and supporting them will help keep Madrid Madrid.
It also keeps Springfield Springfield, Greenville Greenville, and Paducah Paducah.


Carruthers  Tuesday Jan 8 05:12 AM

It’s probable, however, that this is the last generation to keep the shop running.
Hope springs eternal.

Diaphone Jim  Tuesday Jan 8 12:17 PM

Hand me a couple of 2358's, please.

Happy Monkey  Tuesday Jan 8 12:43 PM

Do not touch the 2358s!

Gravdigr  Tuesday Jan 8 02:33 PM

And don't confuse the 2358s with the 23585.

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jan 9 01:06 AM

I read recently they had a fire, seems a lightning bolt came in on the electric service and the huge fuse/breaker box exploded. That sucker was about 6 ft high and 4 ft wide, but they got it out before to took the building with it. Probably a lot of fire extinguishers in stock.

Gravdigr  Wednesday Jan 9 10:02 AM

It's wintertime here, but It's Springtime in Madrid!!

BigV  Wednesday Jan 9 01:54 PM

There's a tension between the generations, to be sure. But I believe they'll rebound; resilience is the key.

Flint  Wednesday Jan 9 02:02 PM

Reminds me of this lightbulb store in Portland.

Gravdigr  Wednesday Jan 9 02:20 PM

Originally Posted by BigV View Post
There's a tension between the generations, to be sure. But I believe they'll rebound; resilience is the key.
I see what you did there. I groaned and recoiled at first, but...Then I decided to just comment and leaf well enough alone.

BigV  Saturday Jan 19 12:03 PM

burns334  Monday Jan 21 10:51 AM

Don't let those Slinky's touch each other

xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jan 21 10:59 AM

But then how will they reproduce? Do young slinkys have to elope, run off to another hardware store, separated from family and friends just for being in love?

Gravdigr  Monday Jan 21 11:40 AM

Originally Posted by burns334 View Post
Don't let those Slinky's touch each other
Yeah, when mine gets touched...

 Slinky straightens right out.

Gravdigr  Monday Jan 21 11:45 AM

Actually, my Slinky ran off with my door stopper when I was a kid.

Reckon the spring store sells doorstoppers?

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