Posted on: May 5, 2013
Well would you look at that? It’s May already! I have been busy working to make the store better and then enjoying the sunshine we’ve been having. Everyone came into work today with sun-kissed skin after working in their yards yesterday – me included! It feels so great to get outdoors more often now. I must say my favorite part of the day is when I’m on my runs — OUTSIDE! Thank goodness for this Spring weather because I was beginning to go insane with all the snow and cold winds and the rain. Thank you April showers…HELLO MAY FLOWERS!
Today one of DJ Toyota’s favorite long-time employees Joe Marken took me and my Social Media Manager Karen on a trip to down town Kent. As a City of Kent die hard fan, Joe is very excited about what the city is doing in their down town area. He just had to share the excitement with us so we went for a drive. Don’t get me wrong, I frequent the down town Kent area for lunch and getting my hair done but Joe took us to a new spot to check out a bird’s eye view of the work. We went to the glamorous parking deck! Ha ha. Okay, so the parking garage isn’t glamorous, although it is nice (and free for the time being!), we went there for the view. He took us to the top level where we were able to look out onto the current and finished construction. It was really neat to get this angle of all the hard work the Kent community is putting in. Down on the ground, the construction traffic is a headache, finding parking (hah until now) was a hassle and having to dodge construction cones was a task. From up on the garage deck we escape all that craziness and got to see it from a different view.
We took a look at the expansion Kent State University is working on. Joe filled us in on some insider information on what the finished product will include. And we reminisced on who lived where and when. I grew up in Kent and have been a part of the community my whole life. Many of my employees live or went to school in Kent and a majority of our great customer base are Kent residents. This is my town.
After coming back to the store, I got to thinking about how things change. How once the tattoo shop was here, and now it’s there. How BW3 moved from that street to the other street. And depending on who you ask, what the old Zephyr used to look like. Change is a magical, mystical thing that each one of us encounters. It’s an experience one person to the next can relate to. Sometimes change happens fast and can be joyous or tragic. And other times it can be so slow that you don’t even know it’s happening until something is different. I guess I find myself thinking about this because of the changes going on at the store, that directly correlate to the change in my life. I have always been serious in business, but now that I am taking the GM role at the store, that seriousness will have to intensify. I have more say and more responsibility than ever and it’s exciting and nerve-racking at the time same!
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