Editor, Times-Union:
Living in a small town is difficult at times. The “Good Ol’ Boys Club” has been in existence before my husband and I even decided to move to a small town. When we decided to move to Claypool, we saw the opportunity to make a difference. Three years ago we opened up a small sweet shop, Red’s Sweets, in the old People’s Bank of Claypool. The vault that is located in our shop is over 100 years old and the building is filled with so many memories for all. At the beginning, and still now with any small business, money is tight.
We operated our business as a true “mom and pop” place and have paid for everything, no business loans. One of the key facets of our business is helping the community. We offered free breakfast for the kids the first year but ran out of funds to provide that service for the following year.
We tried “Second Saturday” last year but community involvement was low. Therefore, this year, my husband and I decided to allow some free concerts in our side yard so families can be together. Of course, we had issues because of the “Good Ol’ Boys Club.” We received a warning from our local marshal that two days before the event that he had noise complaints and to make sure we were aware of the noise ordinance.
The day of the concert the water superintendent decided he was going to spray for mosquitos at 9 p.m. and spray the fog on everyone that had stopped down to enjoy the music.
The town marshal closed down the concert half an hour early because a person was walking down the street, going home, extremely intoxicated. The town marshal did not question the Claypool Inn, just the sweet shop that does not serve alcohol.
The question I have is why we cannot get along. Everything Red’s Sweets has done is to provide something for the community, a place for the kids to hang out. My husband and I have very strong beliefs about doing what is right; if you have means, you need to help your neighbor.
I would like to end this with thanking Sum of 3 for giving us a great concert, and to all the wonderful people that stopped by to listen to the music.
In addition, with a side note, Red’s Sweets will continue to encourage community support and will not give up the hope that one day, we can all get along.
Connie Morgan
Red’s Sweets