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Main Street Lincoln honors downtown businesses

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[May 27, 2010]  Wednesday morning the Main Street Lincoln office hosted a casual breakfast celebrating National Small Business Week and honoring the small-business owners in Lincoln's downtown historic district.

InsuranceMain Street Lincoln is a part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of over 1,200 such organizations throughout the United States that is dedicated to the historic preservation and revitalization of the heart of a city: its downtown region.

The city of Lincoln is fortunate that in the downtown area, there are still several small businesses that operate on a daily basis, offering a wide variety of goods and services to the community.

Additionally, Lincoln has held on to its historic structures for the most part in their original forms, choosing to draw attention to their beauty, rather than hide them behind modern facades.

The Main Street organization works to promote the downtown area as a vital part of Lincoln with much to offer the citizens of the community.

Wednesday morning the Main Street Lincoln office attracted several local business owners as they came together for a time of good food, fellowship and to talk a few minutes about their businesses.

Mayor Keith Snyder read a proclamation from the city of Lincoln recognizing all the small-business owners and declaring May 23-29 as Small Business Week in the city of Lincoln.

The Main Street organization offered several awards to local businesses, recognizing them for a variety of achievements.

Miller & Miller Attorneys at Law were given the Milestone Award as having practiced law in the downtown area for 100 years. The award was accepted by attorney Steve Miller.

The Sole Proprietor Award was given to Bill Bree, owner of Three Roses Floral on the west side of the square, and Sherwin Williams received the Corporate Award.

The Pink Shutter Thrift Shop was honored with the Shining Star Award as a service organization operating on McLean Street, just north of the square. Present to accept the award for Pink Shutter were volunteer Shirley Dittus, store manager Jennifer Heidbreder and Lynne Metz, the volunteer and special services manager at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Pink Shutter has been in business in the downtown area for 49 years. It is owned and operated by the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and all the proceeds from the store go to support Auxiliary programs, which ultimately benefit the hospital and the patients they serve.

Metz spoke briefly about the program, saying that the dollars earned in the business stay in the community. She also noted that the goods they offer are gently used, good-quality clothing for all age groups, both male and female. She said that shoppers can clothe their entire family at a fraction of the cost of full retail.

Charlie Lee was on hand to accept the Main Street Board's Choice Award for the Lincoln IGA. Roger Matson, who is the Main Street board president this year, emceed the awards presentation. When he recognized IGA, he noted their outstanding service to the public and expressed Main Street's appreciation for all that IGA has done to help them.

When Lee spoke to the group, he may very well have expressed the sentiments of everyone in the room when he said: "If you're a small business uptown on the square, there will be times that you are discouraged. But we keep going forward, we keep pushing."

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Wanda Lee Rohlfs, executive director of Main Street, spoke about the achievements of the organization, such as the restoration of the Scully Park fountain, the great success of The Art of Wine during the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival, the Railsplitter Auto Club cruise-ins held monthly on the square, and the implementation of the new Main Street Saver Card.

She also spoke about hopes for the future of the downtown area, including the streetscape beautification project and a need to encourage the revitalization of downtown living space.

She said that the small-business owners in the downtown area were truly the foundation of everything Main Street is trying to accomplish. She noted that with approximately 650 employees in the downtown area, the heart of the city was a vital part of its economic stability.

Snyder discussed briefly a hope that the city will be able to find funding through its budget as well as grant funds for a sidewalk beautification project that will over time create a corridor from Latham Park to Scully Park.

Throughout the morning, business owners such as David Lantermann of Beans and Such, Melody Shew of MKS Jewelers, Barb Reinwald of the Treasure Chest, Ed Malkowski of the Owl's Roost and Melissa Fleshmann of Absolute Harmony spoke about the choices they made in operating businesses in the downtown area and why they feel their decisions were the right ones.

Also speaking briefly about their involvement in the heart of the city were Gene Rohlfs of Level Best Building Services; Jennifer Heidbreder of Pink Shutter; Roger Matson, owner of Action Rentals and Action Cash Advance; Bill Donath of the Logan County Genealogical Society; Richard Sumrall of the Lincoln Public Library; and Kent Hulett, chief of the city of Lincoln Fire Department.

Others who were present for the morning of honors were Main Street board members Judy Conzo, Jackie Baker and Theresa Richert, as well as Rhonda Malkowski of the Owl's Roost and Mary Lantermann of Beans and Such.

The last person to speak up during the breakfast was Steve Aughenbaugh of the State Bank of Lincoln. Aughenbaugh said it was ironic that in a year of turmoil in the banking industry, the State Bank of Lincoln had the best year it has ever had. He said that not only had the bank purchased a facility in Clinton; they had also been able to expand the bank in Lincoln. He said he was happy to be a part of downtown Lincoln.

The morning ended with presentations of door prizes and $10 in Main Street Money.

Matson and Rohlfs expressed their appreciation to all who had taken time out of their busy days to help Main Street Lincoln honor those who serve as the foundation of the downtown area: the small-business owners who spend untold hours working to make the downtown area what it is today.


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