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Clements rocked by recession

Surviving merchants, townsfolk remain undaunted

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  • posted at 6:56 pm on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    I think the writer of this story should have done some research before writing this story! Why not go to the owners of some of these businesses and find out the real reason the businesses closed or was forced out! Clements feed and fuel wasn't suffering, they were kicked out due to an idiotic landlord that refused to resign a lease that in the contract he was supposed to resign! The landlord is stupid, now he is left with an empty building that he has gated up with chains so no one can even go into the parking lot and look in the building. Before you write a story you should research why something happened, before you start making assumptions!

  • posted at 3:56 pm on Thu, Dec 3, 2009.


    Clements has always felt like second home town to me. When Phyllis and Lawrence Stith owned the 88 Inn, later informally called "Phyllis's" by the locals, you could always count on a home cooked gourmet meal. Man, do I miss that. Then Lay's bought it when Phyllis and Lawrence moved back to Oklahoma. I do hope people do surveys to find out what is needed and wanted from each other and from the passers by. Then they can produce what people will stop to buy and Clements will once again flourish. Here's to Clements!

  • posted at 2:14 pm on Thu, Dec 3, 2009.


    My company had been using Chocoholics chocolate spoons for 6 years. We've tried tons of spoons, but no one took the same care with their product. The Chocoholics spoons were always the best quality chocolate in a clean, professional packaging. They will be missed.

  • posted at 6:34 am on Wed, Dec 2, 2009.


    Clements is a great town.To bad the bar is the only business doing good.Well thay goes to show what people want.The man that opened the bait store was there all the time he was just alone and had other things to do don't bash the poor man that died in his own store.

  • posted at 11:30 am on Tue, Dec 1, 2009.


    Well I know for a fact that the owner of the building feed and fuel was located in, forced the restaurant owner out , she might have been higher priced but she would have stayed there i think, he bullied her out , bullied out the antique people, and doesnt fix anything at all , that place has so much potential too bad owners huge ego is worth more than generating business in the community, maybe he will lose it and the bank can do a better job, one can only hope. I would rather see an operating business that had friendly staff even though prices were a little high, then an empty graffitti filled building representing our town.

  • posted at 9:18 am on Tue, Dec 1, 2009.


    As far as Clements goes, when driving through, if you listen carefully you can hear a banjo being played, and you don`t want to see who`s playing it.

  • posted at 7:01 am on Tue, Dec 1, 2009.


    Wouldn`t you know that the last business would be a bar. Not really a good reason to stop in Clements, unless your thirsty.

  • posted at 6:42 am on Tue, Dec 1, 2009.


    I have to agree re: Lays - the food was horrible. Feed and Fuel, way too expensive for our budget. The Chocolate Factory, sad, but true - the chocolate was ok, but not enough choices. The last time I went in, which was earlier this year I do believe, there were flies buzzing around in the candy case and that wasn't conducive to wanting to buy chocolate. It's sad that the Chocolate Factory closed because it really did have so much potential. Not everybody wants to buy Chocolate sex toy stuff, but truffles and other good quality chocolate goodies - yes!

  • posted at 3:06 am on Tue, Dec 1, 2009.


    Well here is my take on the whole ghost town in Clements. I have to agree with reality on some of this, as far as Lays, that was a great place and when Freddy and Alice sold it , the food really did suck, greasy spoon with an asian flare on the specials, yuk. That was destined for disaster. Chocolate factory, I gave several chances and tell me how can you mess up chocolate??? I am not sure but they figured out a way, they had not a single good thing to eat that was chocolate there, that was disappointing. The guy that opened the bait shop sadly passed away, but he never kept it open , would come around and unlock the door when you drove up. And last but not least feed and fuel... hmmm yes agree the food and drink was over priced, I went there and could have a couple drinks and appetizers and it would mount over 100 dollars, too expensive for this economy. Too bad the landlord bullied them out of the building that is falling apart and refused to maintain it. I miss the feed and fuel.

  • posted at 2:37 am on Tue, Dec 1, 2009.


    deliverance? wow. did not know clements had so many establishments. feed & fuel is also raising their prices in lodi. have not been to their new location because of this. clements will come out of it.

  • posted at 2:25 am on Tue, Dec 1, 2009.


    The strong survive!!! We have been to all the businesses mentioned except the bar. The Feed and Fuel was great at first but the prices went way up and quality went down. The Chocolate place come on it's Clements not San Francisco. As far as Lays when the new owners took over it went south. Still crowded but food sucked. The W still seems good especially when the owner is there and the prices have not gone up. Seems busy a lot to me. As for the bar when a recession hits drinking goes up. My only problem with going anywhere in Clements is the traffic on the weekend. Not the safest to pull out in. IMO

  • posted at 1:46 am on Tue, Dec 1, 2009.


    It's the racetrack through town that is the problem. Solve that and have a healthy business sector. I suggest cleaning the area up a bit. It looks like a scene in Deliverance mostly.



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