Letter to the Editor: Goodbye to Small Town Business!

This is not a slam against Walmart, but an observation on where our society is headed.

My name is Pam Perry from Studio 3 in the Pilgrim Village Shopping Center in Menomonee Falls. 

I have been working in Studio 3 at for 20 years and what is the most disappointing of all is that truth is never really told.  What I have learned through this experience is that it is not what they are telling you — it is what they do not! 

Honorable, truthful business is almost becoming non-existent.  Businesses and residents alike cannot make educated decisions without the full truth.  The reality is that not only the businesses are affected, so are their clients. 

The open spots throughout Menomonee Falls are much more expensive, which will force us to do what we need to survive.  The sad reality is that small and large business may never be able to survive together.  I have been wondering for years why every town looks alike in businesses — now I know.  

Our shop is the only one I have ever worked in that is truely a family place. All of my co-owners and I have helped people along the way financially when they have lost jobs, hard times, new schedules, whatever is needed to support.  I have learned that we are one of the busiest salons in Menomonee falls — WHY IS THAT? 

I believe it is because we care!  The hug that is needed, an occasional joke to inspire a giggle, an extra cup of coffee because that client wants to stay to visit with a friend under the hairdryer.  Our senior clients have become a fantastic support system between themselves.  They console each other, talk life's problems, giggle and for some it may be their only time out that week.  We don't rush them out the door — why — "give them time!" 

That is what a small salon does — we become a place to gather!  WOW!  The shame now is that these places are rapidly dwindling away.  Mostly due to money!  These places are not just based on making money, they are based on helping people and treating them the way we would like to be treated.  What a loss! FOR ALL OUR COMMUNITIES!

Nancy H June 01, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Dear Pam, My heart goes out to you...I think this is a disgrace! I have never been to your salon, sorry to say... it sounds like such a caring place. I will not be shopping at Walmart. So you see, I am against them and certainly for those of you that are being shoved to the curb! In the future I hope that you can find a place in the Falls where your clients can follow. Best Wishes!
Nate June 01, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Everyone knows my opinion of Walmart by now. They can join their socialist benefactor in hell.
Jim Popp June 01, 2011 at 10:28 PM
The problem is Walmart can "lobby" the village officials...
Kelly June 02, 2011 at 11:50 AM
The charm of Menomonee Falls was the small town atmosphere. That is long gone in most areas of the Falls now. It is truly upsetting to hear that bigger companies are pushing out the smaller businesses. While I do understand that Walmart is a business, I do not see the need for them to trample on the smaller ones just because they can. I'm sure there are plenty of other areas they can do business. I mean, really, there is a Walmart on ever corner already. If this is how Walmart does business, stepping on the smaller, I will NOT be giving them any of my hard earned money. And I will definetly be passing the word on to others about how they "do business." And trust me, I can have a very big mouth. My prayers are with all of the people that work at A Cut A Head, and hope that everything will turn out well for you.
Susan Corkum June 02, 2011 at 03:54 PM
The high cost of starting a small business is an incredible hurtle. You can't get a loan from a bank until you have been in business for over a year and even then good luck. The SBA is at least a place to try. The landlords need to help out also. Some rent is better than vacant isn't it? Out of state landlords like the ones in the Sentry Strip malls charge triple net which means they want the tenants to pay for everything on top of rent and they would rather leave shops empty than drop rents - as they are right now. As a resident and owner of a small business I grieve for the shops that close, I will stay open later for a customer, I don't rush anyone out and I am part of the community.
Nate June 05, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Carl Engelking August 02, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Steve ® August 02, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I really don't follow, are you upset because you were moved because of Wal*Mart? if so, You were moved because the owner of the building sold the property to Wal*Mart, this was leased store front space. They key to a great location, and holding that is ownership. If you provided great service before, you will again at any leased location. you are busy now or you were busy then, sorry didn't follow that part. Good luck.


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