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What types of businesses would you like to see in downtown Tonganoxie as another building, the post office, will stand vacant when the new post office building is finished?

March 4, 2009

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Janet Angell-Felts ( in Tonganoxie) says...

"I have always thought Tonganoxie should focus on procuring businesses that would adapt to the limited parking and narrowness of Fourth Street. Downtown has some beautiful and historical buildings so when redoing or constructing buildings keep this in mind. The entrance from the highway should provide a reason to turn the corner to see what downtown has to offer. Professional business, attorney's, doctor's, etc. some of which we already have are a good fit. Cater to the small boutiques, specialty shops, tea rooms and antique stores. We have a diamond in the rough with Annie's Country Jubilee, encourage, support them. Our downtown is and can continue to be a beautiful destination so we should keep the area well maintained and continue to beautify the area, play up the historical image and make downtwon an area you want to frequent. Put the gas stations, grocery stores, and big box stores on the highway and keep downtown inviting and unique, it will thrive.

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Dan Lynch ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“This is unfortunate for downtown, but ‘necessity is the mother of all invention’ and we will have to work hard to maintain a thriving downtown. The types of businesses will need to be retail and restaurant in nature and will need local support in order for them to prosper.”

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Dalton Lawson ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“This one is easy. I would like to see a KenTacoHut. Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut all put together.”

Comments

tryandkeepup 5 years, 8 months ago on What types of businesses would you like to see in downtown Tonganoxie as another building, the post office, will stand vacant when the new post office building is finished?

With all the interesting and informed people in Tonganoxie, it's disappointing that the same three people are the focus of the "Point of View" feature.

Why not incude new people, similar to "On the Street" found in the Lawrence Journal World.

Mr. Lynch's response to a question regarding activities for warmer weather, in the 3/25 issue, was a thinly veiled plug urging citizens to purchase property from his real estate company.

I'm sure many other local entrepreneurs would also like the opportunity for some free advertising.

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andypierson 5 years, 8 months ago on What types of businesses would you like to see in downtown Tonganoxie as another building, the post office, will stand vacant when the new post office building is finished?

I would like to see some type of manufacturing business come to town. Wouldn't it be great to have a "Tongie" brand of jeans or a "Tongie" clothing line (similar to the Dotte line that I see in WyoCo). This might not be a nationwide success like Levi's or Lee but I know I would support a local line of clothing.

I realize this wouldn't be downtown but how can we support eating establishments or retail if there isn't a manufacturing base to support these other businesses?

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Jason Bailey 5 years, 8 months ago on What types of businesses would you like to see in downtown Tonganoxie as another building, the post office, will stand vacant when the new post office building is finished?

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but Janet saying that downtown is "historical" made me laugh out loud. There's nothing historical about downtown other than the buildings are old. To my knowledge, Jesse James wasn't shot in front of Bichelmeyer's, Wyatt Earp didn't have a shootout behind Doc Steven's, I doubt even one significant historic event took place downtown.

Very odd that people seem to think a downtown is worth saving simply because it's old.

Sentimentality has to be removed from the equation. The mindset of the average resident is no longer local (and hasn't been since the late 70s when we had a True Value, Zoelner's, and Champion's all next to each other downtown -- the mindset is now Lawrence or The Legends. It's a fact so we have to deal with it. Simply "willing" a downtown to be for the sake of saving our historical (snicker) buildings is not going to make it so.

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tonganoxie 5 years, 8 months ago on What types of businesses would you like to see in downtown Tonganoxie as another building, the post office, will stand vacant when the new post office building is finished?

Jason2007 might have said it a little bluntly, but its true. Just cause the buildings are falling apart doesn't make them historical. Some new restaurants downtown would be nice. You have one place that can't ever figure out when its open, and another that charges exorbitant prices for the 'fine-dining experience'.

I rarely shop in Tonganoxie.....I can only hope that someday we get a real grocery store that actually keeps choices stocked on the shelves, and people with customer service skills manning the register.

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