It Takes a Village

Another retailer closes up shop in downtown Racine.  When I saw the post on Facebook, I clicked on and read the article that was published on the Journal Times‘ website. “It really is a matter that there’s not enough business to sustain the business”, stated the owner.

Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago that Dunn Brothers Coffee, also on Main Street closed? And just down the street a couple of blocks, the Elegant Pauper, either closed, or is in the process of closing.  There is a “For Sale” sign on the US Post Office building.  Main Street is not the only retail hub in our area that is experiencing closings. I am sure most of you know that  several days ago the big almighty pillar of a chain store, The Gap, abruptly closed in Regency Mall.

Funny (or rather not) a friend of mine just “instant messaged” me on Facebook.   Coincidentally, she told me of another one “biting the dust”.  This time…Read More And we knew this was coming…Blockbuster on Washington Avenue.  Apparently, Milwaukee and Kenosha Blockbuster’s will soon face the chopping block.

The reason for writing this commentary was not to focus on the doom and gloom of our economy, because folks, I don’t care what I hear reported, we are not in recovery of the recession.  Rather, I’d like to focus on the businesses and organizations that should grab your attention.  Those are the active KIDS EXPO exhibitors!

Just in case you missed the memo (or the Facebook and Twitter shout outs, or the Google ads on your computer and phones, or the….), Just Add Kids along with the Sturtevant SportsPlex and Lite Rock 92.1 are bringing our community an opportunity to meet, play, and interact with several area businesses and organizations that provide great programming for our kids, and unique products and services for our families.

Some of these exhibitors have established brick and morter locations, like Racine Gymnastics Center and Concordia Lutheran School.  Others have unique, convenient website store fronts, run by entrepreneurial women, such as SendOutCards and Miche Bag by the Lake.  And some, namely Just Between Friends and A Day 4 Dreams, provide awesome, exciting special events that benefit the happiness and well-being of our community’s kids and their families.  Oh yeah, that would be YOU and YOURS!

The event will NOT be a success without the support of the JAK community.  Won’t you please stop in with the kiddos sometime between 10am and 3pm to the active KIDS EXPO to  Meet. Play. Engage.

Order lunch for the family at the concession stand or grab a cup of coffee!   Show these local businesses and organizations that you support them with your presence.  Let’s “perk up” this one-day hub of everything kid-oriented and family-friendly.   That’s why you’re here, isn’t it?!

Check it out here





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    Andrea Pierce said,

    Love it! I will see you there!

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