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While reading through the letters “From Our Readers” in the March 28 Spencer Magnet, I read a couple of things that really struck a nerve in me and am compelled to share with the community my thoughts.
On one end of the spectrum, we have a reader who is concerned about small businesses and how they are really struggling. Taylorsville is a small, but growing (so they say), community chock full of small businesses and they really are suffering. He suggests that we all need to get out to the polls and vote to make a difference in the federal government to change our economy.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have a reader that is concerned because her grandson cannot find a job in Taylorsville. Both are very true, but the reason I place them on two ends of a spectrum is because the citizen complaining about no jobs here also said she doesn’t shop in our stores on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, this is true of many Taylorsville residents.
Can I please point out the obvious? I’ve been a resident of Taylorsville for 10 years now. I absolutely love Taylorsville, but something about this town has always bugged me. People want to complain about how our town is a bedroom community because everyone works in Louisville and spends their money there — they basically only come home to sleep.
I work in Louisville, I know how easy it is to take advantage of the vast array of choices, conveniences and sales that are available there. But, we all need to make a conscious effort to spend our money here, in our own town, for the benefit of our children and ourselves.
In order to become a place that offers a vast array of choices, conveniences and good prices, we, the residents of Taylorsville, have to make it happen.
We don’t have to wait until election time to hope that our vote makes a difference. We can make a difference now. The next time you head into a gas station outside the county to buy gas, consider waiting until you get to your hometown to do it. Sure, it might cost you a few cents more for a gallon, but isn’t Taylorsville worth it? You might even find that it’s cheaper.
The next time you decide to pick up dinner on the way home, wait until you get to Taylorsville to pick it up. Not only will you be putting money back into the growth of your own city, your dinner will still be fresh and warm when you get it home. We have stores to fit your every need right here in Taylorsville. Think about it.
And, if, while you’re mulling it over, you find that there are some things you can’t buy here in Taylorsville, you can only blame yourself. Our small businesses are running on empty because everyone is giving their money to the already prospering city of Louisville.
If you agree with what I’m saying, please make some changes in your spending habits, more specifically, where you spend those hard-earned dollars. Who knows? If everyone starts spending money in Taylorsville, and it truly does grow, someday you may be able to get a job five minutes from your house. Think of all the money you will save in gas when that happens.
One final note, to those business owners that may be reading this (and agreeing wholeheartedly, I’m sure), we are a bedroom community.
Consider the fact that most people with money in their pockets drive out of town every morning and don’t return until around 6 p.m. It would be very beneficial to all if you change your business hours to reflect this.
Consider, the average working person can’t wait to get home to see their families and relax for awhile. Right about the time they are ready to go out to run a few errands, or spend some quality time with their families, all but a few of the businesses are closed.
I can honestly say that there are many businesses in Taylorsville that I’ve never visited because they are not open when I’m here.
The stores in Taylorsville that are struggling the least are the ones that stay open late. Shorten your staff during the slow times of the day enough to be able to staff a later shift. (Hint: 8 p.m. is not late enough.) If you make it more convenient to shop, dine, etc., at your establishment, you’ve got one feature that will draw customers in.
When you have more customers coming in, you will be able to offer them more choices. Eventually, you will be able to offer products and services at competitive prices. It could happen, if you choose to make it happen.