REQUEST OF AREA RESIDENTS
Walking around South Lyon recently I was saddened by the number of stores that are empty. These same stores used to have privately owned small businesses in them, many of which I shopped at. The ones that are still open are struggling. As a successful small business owner for over 32 years I know that it is repeat customers and word of mouth that keep me in business.
Over the years big box stores and websites like Amazon have cut into the businesses of small operators such as myself. While they have their place, please remember it isn't always about price. Quality products that you can touch and feel before buying and the highest level of customer service and personal attention are what you get when you patronize a small business. Small businesses in the area also employ your neighbors and friends, donate to community charities and keep their area of the town neat and tidy. Empty storefronts reduce property values, add to blight and reduce tax revenue.
My request is that everyone reading this take a trip to the stores in South Lyon. Buy a toy at Diane's Doll House, get fit with a new bike at the Cycle Shop, buy a book at Lyon Book Den, visit the Resale Shop (you never know what you'll find), have a coffee and donut at the Bakery or at the Lafayette Corner Cafe, redecorate you mantle at Grande Trunk Home and then have a drink or lunch at Lake Street Tavern. And for the guys, you can spruce up at Headmasters Barber Shop. These are just a few of the great businesses in downtown South Lyon. And don't forget to recommend the shops you like to friends. You will not only help these businesses continue on, you help keep the tradition of small business ownership in this country alive.
Jo Ann Heyl