Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Thank You, Trahnh's by Angie Ledbetter

I'm lucky to have a small mom & pop dry cleaner/alteration business right in my neighborhood. Kids grown so tall their school uniform pants can't make it through May? No problem, go to Trahnh's. Need a prom dress altered pronto? Head to Trahnh's. You glued Boy Scout patches on with "super hold" spray glue and now they've come off in the wash? It's an easy job for Trahnh's with their heavy duty sewing machines. Over the years, those lovely people have covered a multitude of sewing and laundry sins for me.

So many businesses from my childhood have closed up; knocked out of the profit loop by huge chain stores. I think there is only one small independent bookstore left in Baton Rouge. The same for corner grocery stores. Who can afford to compete with the WallyWorlds and J-Marts?

But in my little magical neighborhood, we still have one of the few remaining full service independently owned gas stations. Until very recently, we had a small grocer's with the best sliced ham and deli around. I miss the many places of commerce that have boarded up their windows over the last twenty years. I miss the personal chitchat, the friendly attitudes, the dependable service.

While there are still a few of these locally owned places around, I'll continue to patronize them as often as I can. I understand the prices may be a little higher because of taxes, insurance, and higher overhead. My hat's off to these men and women running their own businesses, despite the rising costs and headaches.

The best part about walking into Trahnh's? With every item of perfectly laundered, starched, sewn, or altered clothing I pick up, I've never once failed to hear with the tinkling of the bell on the door as I leave, "You have nice day, now, y'all!" I just love that. It makes my day. Happy people doing good work for satisfied customers. Ah, the American way.


Kathryn Magendie said...

One thing I love about Maggie Valley is there are no fast food places allowed, no wal-mart, no target, no big grocery store: it's all small business owners, or if not "all" -, once you get into Waynesville, there are chains and a walmart, but there are still plenty of local biz's - and at least three indie bookstores! WOW! B&N is in Asheville, thank you.

Barbara Quinn said...

I enjoy going to the little deli's, bakeries (oh we have an incredible one in Bradley Beach) and mom and pop stores, and even more to local restaurants where they treat us like family and I don't have to do the dishes!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Those small biz places make a town or city homey. I went by Trahnh's again today to pick up a pair of pants and a shirt. I forgot they don't take debit cards for amounts under $5, and I had no cash on me. "No problem. You bring two dollar next time!" ;)

Nannette Croce said...

Alas all of those are gone from my once rural area that has now turned into an ex-urb of Philadelphia, but I do have a dry cleaners where the woman does alterations. Thank heavens, because I have never figured out who women's slacks are made to fit. At 5'6" I'm always be tripping over the hem.

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