Today’s Top Retailer – Homespun Collection
It’s been almost forty years since I graduated FDSH (Class of ’76). In between then and now, I have had an exciting and prosperous life. The last five years I’ve been in Germany running a business teaching English to eager Germans with my loving and lovely wife Rita.
Sadly, Rita passed away in September of this year after a losing bout with cancer and I found myself a widower in a foreign land. To be honest, I’m more than a little homesick and a lot heartbroken, so I’ve returned to the land of my youth (and family) to reclaim my spot in the land of milk and honey. I stepped away from our business and returned to the US with little more than a few suitcases and my faithful dog Bandit to begin life anew once again.
I’m optimistic that my enthusiasm for life, my education, and my broad life experiences will see me thru to another successful chapter in my life. Many of my former high school classmates have already departed this Earthly plane just as my lovely wife recently did so I’m also keenly aware that it’s likely to be my final chapter. As tragic a consequence as it is to lose my best friend and business partner of twenty five years, I cannot roll over and give into the grief that would consume me if I stopped moving forward and mired myself in the pain of her loss. I would not honor her wishes or my future by doing so.
Fort Dodge seems to be in a state of flux, having lost a huge number of jobs on the closure of the packing industry back in the 80′s. As I view my old stomping grounds with aging, yet fresh eyes, it seems to me that it’s long past time for Fort Dodge to regain the economic viability I remember from my youth. As long as I am part of this community, I shall attempt to promote those businesses that mirror the high standards of customer service that I have always brought to my clients/customers over the decades. Even as Sears goes the way of the dinosaurs, I am proud to see that there are still quite a few remaining successful businesses here that hold to those standards. Each day over the course of the next several days I shall highlight local businesses in my BEST OF DODGE series that showed me the same level of commitment to customer service and merchandising that we brought to our business. A rising tide raises all ships and as long as I’m anchored here I will do my best to see the tide rise one again. Today’s endorsement after the jump.