The seed for the first entry in this series germinated as a result of a recent drive through town as I was out on some errands. For some reason I started to take note of businesses that seemed to be everywhere that either didn't exist or were not that common even a few short years ago. Along my 30 minute drive I noted at least half a dozen of the following establishments:
- Mattress retailers - now seemingly located in every strip mall.
- Car title loan outlets - twice I noticed two competing outlets at the same intersection. These semi-shady quick-cash marts are popping up everywhere.
- Health clinics - you cannot drive more than a mile without spotting at least one.
- Drug stores - these have just run rampant. Multiple instances of two drug store chains with stores at the same intersection. They are as common in my area as gas stations.
- Cell phone outlets - every major provider has their own store, with multiple instances of two within the same strip mall.