Thursday, April 21, 2016

Keeping It Local: Iowa's Main Streets Should Be A Pleasant Experience

OK~ I recently stopped to check out a Main Street in a community near me. I was looking forward to shopping in a couple locally owned stores, when I found myself exiting rather promptly. I choose to surround myself with positive people and let me tell you, I found some of the most negative people on the planet.

Here's something to think about. If you own a shop in the heart of a Main Street, train your sales people to be friendly and welcoming. There's nothing more disheartening than to be greeted with, "Why would you wan to shop in this *!*$$ town?" I said, "Excuse me." I then exited rather quickly, hopped in my car and headed down the road.

I began to question if I had done the right thing. Should I have tried to be nice and turn the conversation around? I have no time for people that choose to live with such negative insight. I choose to surround myself with people that think in a forward point of view. I can agree to disagree with someone, end of conversation.

Our communities in Iowa are changing. Several have had some stunning additions to their Main Streets and others have added some amazing festivals throughout the year. Clear Lake, Iowa, is home to a fantastic Kite Festival in the dead of winter. That to me, is forward thinking. Most lake towns forget about winter and skip it. I love the fact that Clear Lake chooses to embrace all 365 days of the year.

Our season of nice weather in Iowa is rather short. So, one would think if a person took the time to drive down Main Street, walk in their brick and mortar store, a welcoming undertone would prevail in today's competitive shopping market. After all, it's very easy to shop with our smart phones. I'm all about keeping the dollars local, but frustrated when my dollar is not appreciated.

I will give Main Street in this community another chance. I'm thinking maybe it was an off day. I travel through here every six to eight weeks, so I will return. If my mind was 100% closed, I would not set foot back on that Main Street. But, due to the fact that I am open to new ideas and experiences, I will return. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


  1. I'm sorry you had that experience and do hope it was just an "off" day. I love local festivals and events that are centered around Main Street to bring in new customers. Hope your next trip to town is positive!

    1. I will return. The sad fact is that some will not.


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