LISA HOPELESS – I had another strange dream last night, Marianne.
MARIANNE – Not Easter Island again?
LISA HOPELESS – No, the dream took place in Victoria. Except the city was like a ghost town—all of the retail spaces were shuttered and had For Lease signs on them. What do you make of it?
MARIANNE – Maybe you’ve had another vision of the future, Lisa. Apparently downtown has lost 1500 parking stalls since 2010, which can’t exactly be good for small, independent shops.
LISA – Pssh. Small business owners are nothing but a bunch of negative nellies. If it’s not one thing they’re complaining about, it’s another. It’s time they learned to look on the bright side of life!
MARIANNE – You haven’t had another brainwave, have you Lisa?
LISA – Don’t you know it.
MARIANNE – What is it this time?
LISA – I was reading the other day that the restaurant industry can’t find enough skilled workers.
MARIANNE – And?
LISA – And small business owners are certainly no stranger to long hours.
MARIANNE – So?
LISA – So instead of small business owners rolling up their sleeves and getting down to business, how about they roll up their sleeves and get down to washing dishes.
MARIANNE – Let me get this straight, Lisa. You’re saying even though small business owners might have lost their stores and their life savings, there’s still hope for them?
LISA – A little retraining, and they’ll be stacking those dishwashers faster than you can say Jian Ghomeshi.