Friday, May 28, 2010

Plants, Sidewalks & Summer Heat

They are finally laying brick in the Northwest quadrant of the Public Square! I'm excited with the prospect of the finished product within the next week or so. My enthusiasm is somewhat dampened by low volume rumblings of the possibility of no flowers in the Public Square by the 4th of July. While I am not 100% sure why this is occuring, I believe that the delay will make the downtown construction feel unfinished even if the sidewalks are done by that date. So, while I try to understand the politics of this possibility, I am a bit saddened by it.

Overall, the construction seems to be rolling along. When it's done there's no doubt that the downtown will be visually appealing, but it will be up to the downtown businesses to take advantage of this marketing opportunity.

This week I spent a few hours with acquaintances, friends, family and complete strangers filling and planting the eight large planters that are distributed around the downtown. I have to applaud those that came to our rescue when we needed to place those planters filled with 300 pounds of compost.

It has been a hot week temperature wise. I'm thankful for the bricklayers who through the weekends and the heat have been faithfully handlaying and cutting the brick for the sidewalks. They are doing a tremendous job and the Northeast quadrant certainly looks wonderful. I on the other hand have suffered a mild case of dehydration and have taken a couple of days this week to recuperate.

I've noticed several people walking in the evenings checking out the new sidewalks. It's good to see people out and about. Not sure if it's the weather or the construction. Perhaps a combination of both.

I still hope things will work out and we'll have finished landscaping on the Public Square by July 4th.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Prom Season and Parrish Excavating Inc.

Those of you who rented tuxedos from us, I'm sure have noticed the hub of activity in front of the store. How could you miss it! We'd like to thank all of you for choosing Mitchell's for your tuxedo needs. We are particularly grateful considering the amount of construction dust that was flying as well as, at times, the absence of parking in front of the store.

The hired construction workers have been FANTASTIC during this busy time for us. They have moved their equipment and stopped what they were doing so that delivery trucks could do their job. They've helped people navigate through the construction. They've listened and done their best to accommodate our business. They have stopped traffic for our deliveries and they even helped carry tuxedos to and from the delivery van.