This will be my last blog post on The Storefront.
My family is relocating to Columbus, Ohio, where my husband has accepted a new job. The move will put us much closer to both of our families, something we’ve longed for since the birth of our daughter last year.
It will be hard to leave Roanoke, which we’ve called home for the past eight years. We will miss shopping at the farmer’s market, hiking the mountains and having the conveniences of living in a smaller city. We will also miss our newspaper family and the many great friends we’ve made over the years.
It is also hard to leave this job. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the area’s business owners so I could bring you news about retail. I have many people in the business community to thank for helping me along the way, whether it was taking the time to teach me about merchandising or tipping me off to upcoming news.
Most of all, I will miss the blog and reading your comments. I love that this has been a place to talk about our retail needs, wants, and habits; a place to leave reviews on new restaurants and stores; and a place to help each other, and yes, disagree with each other. I can’t thank you enough for tuning in and helping me keep up on the ever-changing retail landscape.
I will keep my fingers crossed that Roanoke will someday get a Chili’s and a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods. But I encourage you to support Roanoke’s local businesses. They are the heart and soul of Roanoke’s retail. When I first visited Roanoke in 2005 for my job interview I was enchanted by the volume and success of the area’s local retailers. The absence of Chili’s never crossed my mind.
Best wishes. It’s been a pleasure reporting for you.