Businesses in Arcata close up shop too early, leaving some of us bored and frustrated with the same limited options when we’re done for the day. Affordable dining and entertainment options are especially slim pickings.
A good deal of local businesses should consider staying open longer. This would not only satisfy the demands of a revolving demographic, namely HSU students, but closing early is missed opportunity for more sales. In addition, the extended hours would ultimately do its part by enhancing the quality of life in our small college town.
Let’s be honest, though. The most positive reaction this editorial will get out of readers is a nod of approval. Further, business owners will not go out of their way to accommodate a marginalized complaint, nor will businesses pop up to supply a relatively weak demand. This is not reverse psychology; this is the reality of where we live.
Here’s the thing, we’re all on the same boat. In some respects, you knew what you were signing up for when you decided to be a Lumberjack. Humboldt is not known for a bustling nightlife, cultural diversity or a wide variety of cheap eats to name a few. We clearly don’t have a wealth of options compared to Los Angeles or New York City.
However, the LoCo Lowdown is a good source of local events. HSU hosts big acts on campus year-round, sometimes for free. If you don’t feel like cooking, Stars Hamburgers or La Chiquita Taqueria offers hearty, delicious and affordable meals within reasonable hours of operation throughout the week. Don’t take granted of Humboldt’s abundance of hiking trails, swimming holes and other outdoor activities. The point is, there are ways around the limitations of what Humboldt has to offer. Make the most of what’s in front of you.