I've realized that good friendships take work. I've lost track of some of my high school friends because one or the other of us didn't make the effort to maintain the relationship. We got busy, or tired, or didn't have the money to travel, or just plain forgot to stay in touch. With others, however, we've found a way to carry on because friendships are a two-way street. My best friends always seem to find the time, the energy, the money, and the memories to stay connected. Just when we need it the most, we seem to reach out.
For many of you, Findlay Market is like an old friend. You know she's there, and you like to call her your good old friend. You tell stories of the times you've been together, and you dream about summer days and good times to come. But, like all friends, it takes work to maintain your relationship with Findlay Market. Too tired to stop? No energy to shop? Too much trouble to park? Too cold? Too wet? When you finally make the effort to visit, you find something you loved about Findlay Market is missing. Maybe that kid you liked behind the counter no longer works there. Maybe your favorite product isn't stocked anymore because not enough customers came during the winter to justify carrying it. Or, worst of all, maybe your favorite shop has gone out of business.
The merchants at Findlay Market work hard all year long to maintain their relationships with their customers, but sometimes we worry that we're doing all the work. Make time, stop by, reach out. It takes two to make a lasting friendship.