Sometimes I cant help but think about what I would do if I had the money to invest in my own business. If I had the resources and the ambition to attempt entrepreneurship, what kind of business would I establish. After an evening spent on Front Street in Keeseville, one such idea came to me. I stood in front of the old five and dime store, remembering days in my childhood of perusing through bins of toys and other nicknacks. I thought of all the different stores and restaurants that have come and gone from that part of town and I began to wonder what made it so difficult for businesses to stay there. Im sure Im not aware of all the factors, but I imagine that continued reports of youth loitering on Front Street doesnt help draw customers. Even I must admit that the atmosphere along that stretch of sidewalk does not encourage an out-of-towner to stay and shop for very long. Then it occurred to me. The village is already making plans to renovate the Civic Center gymnasium as a venue for youth. Why not turn one of those abandoned storefronts into a place for youth to hang out? In many downtown areas, its not uncommon to see video game tournament rooms. Think of them like the modern replacement for arcades. Young people, and even those not-so-young, pay a membership fee to participate in regularly-scheduled contests involving some of their favorite multiplayer games. The initial cost would be high for this kind of business, but it has the potential to be a win-win for both the town and whatever shrewd businessperson decides to try it. With all the teens that already gather in that area, such a business would be sure to draw enough customers. Not only that, but it would probably become a major center for young people to gather with their friends in an adult-supervised environment. Playing video games might not be the most productive or educational thing for these teens to do, but it seems like a step up from skateboarding or otherwise causing disruption in downtown Keeseville. Cheers to the village for trying to give youth a place to hang out, but why not bring more life back to Front Street in the process? Matt Bosley is the editor for the Valley News and Tri-Lakes Today newspapers. He can be reached at 873-6368 x216 or email@example.com.