Scott Gregory: 151 Main Street Grill closing

To the editor:

About 15 years ago our family visited Berlin. We saw a robust main street in a strong family oriented community full of faith. Even in the wake of the local mill closure you could see and feel the strength, the pride and compassion. We made the decision, this is what we wanted to be a part of and where we wanted our children to grow up. We purchased the local Main Street “Tea Birds Café” Business and began our lives here in Berlin.

Over the past years we have had many great opportunities, gone through changes and overcome obstacles with the support of our community. We have worked very hard to be a positive part of the community and have enjoyed every minute. Over the years we have seen a steady decline in our Main Street Businesses. Somewhere along the line community support for our Main Street has dwindled. Many businesses have closed and many are struggling.

It is with very heavy hearts we must make this announcement. We have come to a realization that it is time to close the doors to 151 Main Street Grill. We now join several of our fellow small businesses that Main Street has lost over the past few years. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may be for anyone and if you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Although this decision is with heavy hearts we are forever grateful for the wonderful memories we have. We have had the opportunity to enjoy many customers that have become friends. We have had opportunity to work with the best employees. We have been fortunate to be part of a caring community that has helped our children grow into caring compassionate adults.

We want to take a minute and talk about how important it is for the community to have a robust Main street and how important the community is in creating and supporting their Main Street.

Main Streets are the heart and the identity of the community.

They are made up of mostly of small businesses owned by members of the community who have invested everything into providing specialties to the community and visitors alike.

Small businesses generate new jobs, get locally involved and make up more than half of the working class in the US, they are an integral part of the community. A robust Main street helps everyone in the community even when it can’t be seen.

When local residents shop at small businesses within their communities, their tax dollars stay within the local economy, helping to improve their community as a result. Likewise, local small businesses tend to buy locally as well, pumping more of their profits back into the community.

Having multiple small businesses all striving to be unique, innovative, and better can result in a healthy marketplace and well-served consumers. They tend to be cognizant of how their decisions may impact their neighbors and create foot traffic helping to support other down town businesses.

These are just a few examples that describe the importance of small business to our local communities. Supporting small businesses isn’t just about shopping small, small businesses benefit our local economy, personal relationships and help build the community. So next time you’re considering heading to a large chain store, remember local matters.

If each member of the community spent just 10 dollars once a week on Main Street it would put thousands and thousands of dollars back in to our community. Small businesses would prosper and so starts the circle back into our community.

We are so grateful for the many community members that do support Main Street however there are so many who don’t even know what businesses we have on Main Street. Please come check them out.

As we move on to new adventures we ask you to please support your Main Street. We have wonderful businesses on Main Street. Please let’s work together and help them prosper! Shop local!

Thank-you,

Scott and Heather Gregory

Berlin