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Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022
Good Wednesday morning to you!

I like to know who I buy from, and it doesn’t matter what I am buying. An oil change. A pair of pants. Or fish tacos. I simply like to connect with the person who owns the place. That’s getting tougher as more and more locally owned businesses are sold to out-of-towners. I don't blame anyone for this. I just wish I could connect more with the people I buy from, and I wish they lived here. That means something, at least to me.

When Scott Politte greets me in the Stivers Ford showroom to personally thank me for choosing to buy my truck there, that means something.

When Simon Goheen opens the door for Jolene and me at his restaurant and looks us in the eyes and tells us how much he appreciates us dining at Simon’s, that means something.

When Paula Bierle suggests an item of clothing to me at her Purple Poppy boutique that she knows Jolene will like, that means something.

In this world where the managers of the chain stores seem to change each month, it is refreshing to know where you can still find familiar faces.

The number of chain stores — and the out-of-towners owning or operating them — is growing, but the number of locally owned businesses is on the rise here in central Iowa, too, and we need to seek out and buy their amazing products and unmatched services.

Some people seem to be perfectly happy buying merchandise online from people they don’t know. I hope they will realize what they are missing — before it’s too late.

Country music singer Alan Jackson penned a beautiful song called “Little Man” that illustrates what can happen when we lose the soul of our local business communities. He wrote the words in the late 1990s when Amazon was only selling books, but it should make us all think before we make future purchases.

Meanwhile, we can support our locally owned businesses AND buy from the chain stores. My father taught me this as a child when he noticed that his car needed gas. He drove by a fancy convenience store and then pulled in to a small filling station. I asked him why he didn't go to the big store. He said, “I certainly do, but we need to support the little guy, too.” Amen.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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At: Civic Center
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FROM KCCI: Car falls off MLK river bridge

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FROM WHO-TV: DMACC tries new way to help with trucker shortage: speed up learning

ANKENY, Iowa — More trucks than drivers. That may not literally be the case but the nation’s truck driver shortage–worsened during COVID-19 as workers retired, refused to get vaccinated, got sick or just left the industry–gave leaders at Des Moines Area Community College an idea. They are shortening the process to help students earn their commercial driver’s license and get them on the road sooner. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Metro man shares warning after having heart attack while shoveling snow

GRIMES, Iowa — A metro man is warning others to be careful when shoveling snow following a heart attack he had Saturday morning.  It came while Bo James was trying to clear his snow-covered driveway after the weekend storms...... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

The polls have closed, the results have been tallied, and the 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices will be announced soon! Watch for results in the February issue of CITYVIEW!


Ride on: Kerns’ new ride of choice is a Harley Tri Glide

By Darren Tromblay

Twenty motorcycles into his riding career, Johnston’s Joseph Kerns knows his way around a two-wheeler.
Or three, in this case.

Kerns is the proud owner of a 2017 Harley Davidson Tri Glide he bought new almost five years ago. He’s been riding many brands, shapes, sizes and models of motorcycles since he was 14 years old, but there’s something about a Harley.

“I’ve had all brands, but I’ve always gone back to Harley,” he says. “I’ve had two Harleys at one time, and my wife, Mary Kay, decided I didn’t need two because you can only ride one at time time.”


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