My primary grocery store is Moonflower Market, and the money spent there stays local. When I need food for my dog I shop at Moab Barkery, another local store that keeps its profits in Moab.
During tourist season, or when there is a big event at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, or sometimes just for the heck of it, parking spaces can be impossible to find. I used to be able to park at the old drugstore, now coffee shop and retail store, when there were no spaces to be had on Main or 100 North. Then half that lot was closed to parking.
Often the post office parking lot is full and the post office itself nearly empty. An employee there said the people use the post office lot to park for the nearby coffee shop, which closed half its parking lot.
Moonflower is currently leasing land, which provides parking along the west side of their building. The owner of that property will soon be fencing that off to prohibit access. As that property also includes the dirt parking area north of the Twisted Sistas’ Cafe, I suspect that, too, will be closed.
The property owner has the right to do so. But where are the drivers who want to “buy local” going to park?
The city really must do something to address the parking problem. That difficult to find and difficult to enter parking lot behind some of the shops on Main is really not an option when one is hauling bags of groceries or kibble.