Amid all the attention being paid to the future of the Alewine property on Riverside Drive, we received this comment Thursday:
“I’m really happy for the very nice addition to Parker. I personally feel it will bring more people to town and therefore shop, eat and have fun.
But hey, how about a shout out to us small mom and pop businesses that have been contributing to the town for years. For example, Crossroads Cafe, been here since 2003, have never been given as much attention as I’ve heard recently about this Alewine property. Actually, no attention. We employ over 40 permanent full time people and bring in $5,000 to $6,000 per month in sales tax revenue just to the town of Parker, not including state and federal taxes.
It would be nice to hear mention of where the approximately $67,000 per year the Town of Parker is receiving from Crossroads has been spent. Been providing these 40+ permanent jobs for 11 years now without recognition from the Town. So, it’s nice to see you feel you deserve a shout out or pat on the back for your recent accomplishments, but HELLO! We are all still in business and working our butts off to contribute the success of Parker.”
She’s right. It’s undoubtedly true that the big projects get all the attention, isn’t it? In the Alewine case, the prominent location and size of the property, the fact that the town’s elected council members voted to buy it and sell it, the fact that a strange state law exists that ended up sending it to a vote… all of this contributed to its newsworthiness.
And yet, all the while, tireless, hardworking businesspeople like Lawny have been opening up early, closing up late, providing jobs, feeding hungry travellers, paying taxes and busting their ass. (And she and her husband do it at TWO restaurants!)
With regards to the question of how tax money is spent, CLICK HERE for Gootie’s recent article in the Pioneer on the Town of Parker’s new $18 million budget. (A similar piece on La Paz County’s tentative budget can be found HERE.)
There’s no doubt that the real engine of the Parker area economy is small business. Without them – without YOU, small business owners of all sorts – the whole dang thing would come crumbling down. So, Lawny is right. Parker Live hereby recognizes and celebrates true all-American entrepreneurship in Parker, Arizona. Not only is it immensely valuable and contributing to the enjoyment of daily life along the river, it’s utterly essential, and the reason we can live here in the first place.
Do you like and appreciate a Parker area small business? Let us know in the comment section below or on Facebook. I’ll kick it off.