So this is it. My final column after 30 years! Firstly, thanks to everyone who attended Saturday’s breakfast and the party and to my family and staff for putting together an unforgettable day! Thanks for all the gifts, greetings, cards, letters, and hugs. I was asked many questions over the past weeks so I thought I would share the answers with you.

  1. I am going to spend a lot more time outdoors in my yard and garden, lots more grandchildren and family time, and continue to travel the world.
  2. I am not going to miss daily, weekly, and monthly deadlines!
  3. The biggest adjustment will be retraining my brain to not continually dwell on what needs to be done, the next promotion, sale ideas, and purchasing decisions.
  4. “The store” is in great hands going forward and I have no doubt Ian and Reid and staff  will make it even better.
  5. The things I will miss most are the daily interactions with our incredible staff and customers and the best part of everyday – opening that front door and seeing your smiling faces on the other side of it.

 Thank you for allowing me to realize and live my dream of being an independent businessman. An entire generation passed through our doors and we now serve the children and grandchildren of our original customers. In my first advertising piece sent out in July of 1989 I said “the basic fundamental of our business will be to recognize, satisfy, and anticipate the needs of you, our customers.” It is my hope that we achieved those ideals in your eyes. Please continue to support local business and encourage others to be” conscientious consumers.” Small business is the engine of our economy and despite facing many obstacles it continues to be the main supporters of local events, organizations, institutions, and community initiatives while providing employment and hope to others pursuing their own entrepreneurial dreams.

Confucius said, “Choose a work that you love and you won’t have to work another day.” Thank you all for making that come true.

All the best, see you around town,

Kelly