Just a basic observation. For over one year now, I've been privileged to be a small part of a group of individuals actively engaged in the effort to support and revitalize downtown Sandusky. Absolutely there are personal reasons for involvement. For most, this is their means of making a living. For some it is for hopeful, additional income or simply a way of life. For me it was a means to rid myself if accumulated lifetime of acquired items. As one of the unexpected benefits of being one of the many vendors in "WoodApples," the translated name for the former, well respected Holzaepfel's is the companionship among these dedicated workers. The clientele, our customers, add to the enjoyment of the day. Most of the vendors and delightful shop owners have difficulty breaking even. I have great respect for the longtime continuing businesses like Value City and James A. Bertsch Jewelers and apologize for not naming the many fine establishments including restaurants, pizza, candy, music, bookstore and so many others.
The observation I alluded to at the beginning regards the many articles I've read about our city leaders working on and devoting so much effort to developing and promoting downtown. With over 200 city workers, I don't believe I've seen any of them in "WoodApples" to say hello or express any interest in the front line efforts of the loyal business owners, especially our city leaders. I've heard this comment from several small shop owners. I wonder who even knows where "Things N Such" shop is. It should have been on Fifth Avenue in New York, but apparently their doors are now closed. I have seen someone from the Register a couple of times when they came in to request taking our an ad. Then again, maybe I haven't been around long enough.
Jack P. Colvin