Learning from the Big Apple

Posted on September 10, 2010 in Ronnie's News

New York City Man – learning from the Big Apple….

I’ve just got back from New York. What a great city that is. It’s only the second time I’ve been there but I have to say it is really inspirational. There’s so much going on, so many successful people or people starting out on the road to success. America is the land of opportunity, and New York to me is at the pinnacle of all of that. I went in some great shops, great bars and great restaurants. You will see some of this inspiration manifest in Ronnie’s Bar over the coming weeks – that’s a promise.

New York has transformed its image radically over the last 15 years or so, specifically from the point Rudy Giuliani became Mayor and started cleaning the city up. This wasn’t just in relation to fighting crime, this was literally cleaning up the city. Removing litter and cleaning up graffiti had the effect of making the city look cared for and coupled with locking up the perpetual criminal offenders the city transformed its image from a scary tough place to the safe, vibrant and affluent inspirational haven it is today. By making it look clean it became clean because nearly all of the people had more care and passion for it. If you want to read further on this then I recommend you read The Tipping Point – How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.

This is something we need to address closer to home in Macclesfield. There are people who share the same views as me on this. Businesses associated with The Macclesfield Guild and Chamber of Trade for instance are trying and improve the look of the many empty shops in the town centre; you will probably have seen the ‘My Macclesfield’ posters covering over some of the empty shop windows. They look so much better than an empty shop. They are also actively picking up litter and planting flowers all over the town. The Guild is currently on a recruiting drive to attract more members. It not just about individual business development it’s about development of the community. If you care about this community you should consider getting involved with the Guild. It’s only £42 annual subscription and help shape the town we live in. If you’re interested in joining the Guild then please contact me in the first instance by email to ronnie@ronnies-bar.co.uk and I will forward your details on to the membership secretary.

Anyway, off my soap box for a bit and on to the entertainment at Ronnie’s this weekend. Friday it’s Bert & Brighty generating the party mood. And on Saturday Steeve Mac’s One Stop Beyond builds the weekend to a crescendo. Then on Sunday it’s live music with The David International.  I am looking forward to this one as this band has been in the making for some while. Scott Darlington has been threatening a gig at Ronnie’s for well over 12 months, and finally it will be happening on Sunday from about 7.30pm. The David International as well as Scott includes some familiar faces from the Macc music scene so it will be a treat. Just for good measure we’ve been running some tracks via Facebook and our website, so just follow the links on www.facebook.com/ronnies . There is a bit of choice language so some of the tracks are not for the easily offended!

See you over the weekend.



The heart of entertainment in Macc

PS we recently did a soft launch of our new Cocktail List. We have really focussed on some superb cocktails made with the finest premium spirits and fresh ingredients. We are so pleased with it that we have decided that all drinks on the list will be 2-4-£10 before 10pm every night of the week, so that represents some great value. We have also decided that Wednesdays need a reason to be special, so from next week Wednesdays at Ronnie’s will be known as Cocktail Wednesdays when the whole list is 2-4-£10 all night until we stop serving at 2am (it’s 3am only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays!).

We will be doing a special launch night for the new list for Ronnie’s Clubcard holders on Wednesday 22nd September, so if you’ve not registered for your card yet please do so at www.ronnies-bar/ronnies-club-card and follow the instructions from there. The added bonus of joining the club card scheme early is that you will also get a free drink when you collect your card!

Ronnie recommends: The
Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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