One of the longest waits for an open storefront in Dowagiac came to an end in May with the opening of Don and Erica Pye's new business, 269 Apparel, within Donker Shopping Plaza.
At the May 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Don Lyons shared advice given to him by his father. "Son, the harder you work, the luckier you will be."
“I think that applies here," Mayor Lyons said. "Their story is great. They started their business, working out of their house. They worked hard. Provided good customer service and have a great product. They outgrew their home. What a wonderful job they have done. I have every confidence in the world they will do well. The whole downtown depends on people like you, whose businesses make Dowagiac a special place."
"Don and I are so excited and blessed to have the store open," Erica said. "We cannot thank our family and friends enough who helped us get ready for today. We are so proud to live in this great community that has supported us along the way. Vickie Phillipson, you are truly a blessing. The long hours you have spent with us, helping us find that perfect location, and never letting us get discouraged. We can't thank you enough."
Joining the Mayor at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were several officials and members of the Chamber, including President Kim MacGregor of Edward Jones, shown above on the right.