Stoffers Market shows true kindness to downtown community
By Su Nimon of Journey Art Gallery
Just a sweet holiday story in case you have not enough to feel grateful for. In our own little neighborhood in Canton Arts District, there are all sorts of people. Many small businesses working hard every day just to survive. Everyone is hopeful for a brighter future business-wise so we keep on working. But here’s the story of one small business that is hoping for a brighter future period. And they’ve taking action to make it so.
As in any urban area, there are some people who struggle. Sometimes there are reasons why this happens and sometimes it just happens. I’ve been close to being homeless before but had a great family who I knew would rescue me if I needed it. Not everyone is so lucky.
Some of our downtown folks who needed a little help learned about ‘family” they never knew they had. David and Linda Stoffer run Stoffer’s Market , 332 4th St NW. The market is small but wonderful with fresh veggies, homemade baked goods and many necessities. The Stoffers knew that downtown dwellers need a grocer and they’ve made the investment in the downtown community.
But today they showed how deep their investment is when they served Thanksgiving dinner to some of the downtown folks who might not have had a delicious big meal tomorrow (or anytime recently for that matter.) Photos from Joe Albert show what a lovely spread the Stoffers put on.
As a downtown business owner, I challenge those of us who live and work downtown. If you haven’t shopped at Stoffer’s Market , start doing so. And if you have stopped in, maybe you can stop in more often. When a business has a heart this large, we must support them as they are supporting those less fortunate.
Happy thanksgiving to all and for all I hope for a good meal and time with good friends.
Photos by Joe Albert