Letter from the Editor: Marking 50 years
By Kris Leonhardt
I have had the opportunity to sit down with many local businesses celebrating decades of success. Some are family owned, some transferred to former employees, and others make total transformations.
Business milestone articles have developed into some of my favorite stories. Learning about the owners and what has provided longevity could be developed into a science; every story is different.
However, two common threads tend to weave their way through these stories– adapting to change and dedicated patrons/community support.
Wants and needs change, and sometimes new ones develop, and a willingness to flex and grow with them have given many Marshfield area businesses decades of prosperity.
The generations or branches that develop, however, would be nothing without those who came before. Without those that took the initial risk and strived tirelessly to build a viable business or augment what was there, there would be nothing to grow on.
This year marked a significant anniversary for our publication. What was known as the Shopper’s Guide was started in 1968. In 1986, it became the Buyer’s Guide, and in 2014 it developed into the Hub City Times. With this last change, the publication added more editorial content planning to fulfill a community niche.
We hope that we have succeeded. As a staff, we strive to continue the publication’s legacy of providing a valuable resource and giving to the community that helps support us.
Kevin, Peggy Sue, Kurt O., Julie, Kurt D., and I are grateful to play such an important role in the Marshfield area, and there is no better time than the Thanksgiving season to say it. Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you.