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Dollhouse store bids farewell

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Looks like it is Happy Trails for Daisy Dollhouse as we will be leaving St. Albert by April 30.

We wish to thank every St. Albert and area customer. As always in our 26-year history in the general Edmonton area, our customers were the delightful engine for our Alberta built dollhouses.

I do have some parting advice for St. Albert taxpayers, given with utmost goodwill. You may have noticed retail trade in the Perron District is leaving, making way for many wine-and-dine options. Please patronize these classy places so you do not become Old Strathcona within a few years.

A business instructor told me in 1988 not to rent space in Old Strathcona because the rents would rise due to its restricted size and the only businesses that could afford the cost would be alcohol-based.

Please keep the wine-and-dine because profit margins for booze without meals is even higher. And you will be paying the cost of a higher police presence and the general health-care costs of frequent brawls. Plus you will be trying to put a positive spin on those little outdoor urinals and replacing smashed public cameras.

On a personal note, I greatly regret seeing our owner-operated enterprises without affordable market space. I regret seeing another destination place for children close (even if it wasn't ours!).

Keep one ear to the ground as we are actively seeking a visual space for Daisy Dollhouse with a retail area on Saturday only. If someone is as committed to genuinely small business as we are, we may surface again.

Either way, Daisy Dollhouse lives with happy trails and will keep looking to find another.

And, to anyone who believes new Canadians don't have a concern for their fellow Canadians, the first person to express concern for the future of Daisy Dollhouse appeared within moments of the letter. She was a new Canadian.

One more observation. I calculated we spent more than $50,000 in rent to Grandin mall. The walking papers letter we received did not contain one word of appreciation or goodwill. Large business needs better public relations, in my small business observation.

Irene Cornwell, Morinville


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