A few days ago I was talking to a friend about one of my Salem pipe dreams (as in, I know it'll never happen, but it's cool to imagine it could). I stated, "What if part of the Fairview property was turned into a fun place like the Troutdale McMenamin's--complete with lodgings, areas for concerts and weddings?"
My friend replied, "That would be cool, but it would never work in Salem."
I was surprised and disappointed to hear those words.
Why not in Salem?
I mean there's a successful destination McMenamin's in Forest Grove, why not here?
Would it create a nice boost that would carry over to other businesses in the Salem area or would it benefit only the one business?
What are your thoughts?