No one business can be all things to all people. And the number of options available to shoppers is greater than ever. Online vendors, big box stores and franchise businesses offer many advantages. Small Businesses have distinct attributes and advantages as well, and hopefully, give you reasons to Look Local First.
Small Businesses represent community, an interdependence among its residents, neighbors and city leaders. They offer personalized service and unique finds, but more importantly – a slower pace, and an experience to be enjoyed with family and friends. They know, enjoy and appreciate their customers, and they cannot exist without local support.
THE CROSSROADS Inspired Living & Garden Cafe opened its doors on June 20, 2011 after a nine month renovation of the former Martha’s Café. The name recognizes in part, the historical crossroads of two transnational highways 30 & 61 at DeWitt’s downtown intersection of 6th Avenue & 10th Street. DeWitt’s many quality of life amenities along with its nice downtown and music along 6th Avenue, its proximity to the Quad City area and surrounding communities, made it seem like a good location to open a new business.
This was truly a family endeavor and partnership. As such, it was not only an investment in DeWitt, but a time of making memories and rejuvenation following a period of ill health. Indeed, it was the beginning of a new and adventuresome journey that still continues to this day. Having celebrated our 5th Anniversary this past June, we can say that “It is good to be here.” For truly, the best part of this journey so far has been sharing ‘Inspiration’ and ‘Experiences’ with so many people along the way.
That’s what Small Businesses are about: Personal Connections and integrating what we do into everyday life. Just one of many reasons to Look Local First. Do enjoy all that DeWitt has to offer. Experience Your Hometown…. And Meet Us at THE CROSSROADS. Be Inspired!
Linda Snyder – Owner of THE CROSSROADS Inspired Living & Garden Cafe
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