Dan Smith, the City’s Economic Development Director, does his best to keep me current on the comings and going in downtown Kent. Here’s a few noteworthy news tidbits.
Sadly, Dan reports that the Bakerei didn’t survive it’s second year. The baker put out a good product but he just couldn’t get traction with the volume of customers he needed to keep the business afloat. Perhaps we’ll see him again with a more experienced small retail shop partner who knows the ropes when it comes to marketing, merchandising and sales.
On a more positive note in the last week of October the Greater Kent Chamber of Commerce does what Chambers do best — they threw a party and officially welcomed Marathon Financial Services to downtown Kent. This new small business is led by Paul Organ who happens to be a runner and hence the name — Marathon Financial Services. I’m sure he’s got all kinds of tag lines in his ads that plays off the running theme, e.g., discipline, persistence and determination to get you across your financial finish line. Good luck Paul!
The other news worth celebrating was the 25th anniversary of McKay Bricker Gallery & Framing in Kent. Admittedly their old building on the outskirts of downtown Kent is no longer with us but they’re happily relocated right in the heart of the action on Main Street in downtown Kent. There’s something about art galleries that begs for parties and Bob and Cass are always great hosts so it’s no surprise that they celebrated their 25 years in style.
Also celebrating a business milestone was Mulligan Management Group on the eve of their 9th anniversary. At nine years running they’ve survived the critical 7 year itch when so many small businesses unravel. Three cheers for 9 years and many more!