- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Scott City council hires former SEMO public safety director as city administrator (11/15/17)
Downtown - Special shopping
To the editor:
A recent article focused on the closing of two significant stores in downtown Cape Girardeau. We are disappointed that Scott Moyers chose to slant his story on the negative instead of the positive side. Shopping downtown at one time was a necessity. There was no place else to shop. All shopping areas change, and vacancies occur. However, the vacancy rate downtown is no greater than that of the mall.
Shopping is no longer just a necessity. It is a form of entertainment. Downtown shopping is an experience. It still holds the magic of the past with the changes of the present.
Change is inevitable. It's how you perceive that change that is important. Hecht's has left an indelible mark on our downtown with its quality merchandise and service. Many will remember Hale's for its wedding-gift registries. The friends and downtown neighbors they have made over the years will certainly miss them most.
Their leaving, however, will not destroy downtown. Instead, it will make room for new businesses to leave their mark. We own a collection of photographs of downtown, including many of the businesses that have come and gone. The memorable ones are of the family-owned businesses where the customer came first.
Downtown is still a place were families come to feel the magic of the past and the excitement of the future. It is a place where the customer still comes first, friendliness is genuine and a business reputation is important.
ROGER and JUDITH ANNE LANG