The Nail File

| May 22, 2002

The Nail File, David Finkle, The Mighty Organ
Maybe Daid Finkle's scenario in The Mighty Organ is familiar to you (just replace the company's name with the onerous mega-chain store of your choice: 'Bloomie Nails has opened a block away from me. It joins the one that is three blocks away from me and the one that is six blocks away.' The nail salons, or what Finkle calls 'shops that look like nail-treatment factories' are not only ridiculous to him because of their placement in a neighborhood of 'lower-middle class families and a notably large population of homosexual men and women.' The more sobering absurdity is its displacement of a beloved neighborhood eatery, a sad example of how the power of mass retail transforms neighborhoods: 'But if the Bendix, which had been on the site for maybe 10 years, could do a low-cost eggs-however breakfast or noodle dinner, there was apparently something it couldn't do. Meet rent hikes. And that's where Bloomie Nails came in.'
--Julie Madsen
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