If a picture is worth a thousand words, we could never say enough about what happened at Nil’s Cafe today. They posted that they will be taking their traditional summer break for the month of July (They are open Sat, July 1st until 3 then enjoying some down time for a few weeks). People rushed in to get their favorites and have a visit with business owners that have become their friends.

You can imagine how deep the connections are when you look at the card and photo collection of customers on the wall, but what hits the most is looking over to see friends having a genuine moment. Knowing the vases filled by the florist down the street will be empty for a while makes you realize just how connected we are in “our quaint little downtown.”

We don’t always think about the fact that our small business owners don’t take standard vacation days or get the minimum “two weeks.” Sometimes for them to get away, it means they have to close. And when they do, we miss them (and their chicken salad!)

Here’s to what makes our Downtown great…the business owners and employees that learn our names, that become our friends and part of our daily lives – the people that keep the places we love running from day to day. And here’s hoping they all enjoy some time off to celebrate this country and those who call it home.?