The Importance of Being Downtown

While I was in the bank this morning making a deposit and getting change for the shop, I spoke with a gentleman that has worked at Alles Brothers Furniture for 35 years.  Alles Brothers has been in Henderson since 1899 and has been a shopping destination for over 115 years.  Herman Alles was handed the reins by his father Jacob in 1945 when Herman came home from the war.  Herman recently passed away and with no living relatives, he left his entire estate to the local Catholic Church.  The church decided it didn’t want to be in the furniture business so the last day of business is October 1.  On October 24, the remaining inventory and the buildings, which take up almost an entire city block will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  I am praying that the buyer(s) do not let the buildings remain vacant for long and someone has a vision for the best use of the properties.  What do you think would go over?

I remember when I was younger you might have to drive around the block a few times before you found an open parking space.  The downtown area was hopping and businesses were thriving.  Take a look at the photo at the top from the 60’s.  Today, there are many vacant buildings.  Look at the pictures below that show the empty buildings just on our block.  That is why we believe what we are doing with our business and loft apartment is important.  We hope to help revitalize our little downtown.  We want to let people know how great it is to be downtown and hope through our efforts and our blog, people will realize that and join us in making downtown a desirable place to do business and LIVE!

I’ll leave you with some lyrics from Petula Clark’s song, “Downtown”.

When you’re alone, and life is making you lonely
You can always go
When you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help, I know
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go downtown, things’ll be great when you’re
Downtown, no finer place for sure
Downtown everything’s waiting for you

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