Just The Way It Is:
It never fails that someone will come into the store and say, "What a darlin' store." I respond, "Thank you and where are you from?" Often they will say, we live on the lake or in Salvisa or some other location in Mercer or Boyle County. But, I already knew that. Then the conversation will turn back to me and I get hit with, "How long have you been you been here?" I reply, "I've been here for twenty (or twenty one or twenty two) years." That twenty something year changes as the calendar flips over and over. "Oh, My God! I had no idea you were even here. I mean we've lived here since 1999 and I never knew you were here." Yeah, I get that a lot. That's part of the invisibility cloak that get pitched over Main Street, mostly over my store. I guess it comes from being in a small town or maybe people just don't care to come onto this beautiful street and head to other venues instead. You know, for a long long time people thought that Highway 127 was Main Street. When they opened the new-ish Highway 127 by-pass several years ago, I heard time and time again, "That by-pass will put you out of business." Little did they know that Main Street had already been by-passed, many a year ago. It was called Highway 127. You know its the place that the Ben Franklin store held sway. Ben Franklin has been gone a long time, but it left its children. Later they grew and expanded down the road to include Wal-Mart, Kroger and the other necessary modern day shopping venues. We survived that by-pass and we'll survive this one. Though at times, I wonder if we are surviving or if we will survive. I guess that you never see what's at your finger tips.
|Its invisible me. lol|
Next time I'll let you know about one of my favorite customers, the out of town or out of state frequent shopper. They make me smile and often laugh. Until next time.