One of my favorite childhood activities was going to work with my Dad on Saturdays.  While my primary motivations were finding loose change behind the cash register, sampling all of the candy, and watching USC football on a small black and white TV in the back room, I learned great lessons about life and people.

This past weekend, we put up signs announcing that Springdale Country is closing its doors.  Today marks the beginning of a Retirement Sale and the end of a significant part of my life.

I understand the shock and disappointment most will feel when learning the news.  My hope is that our loyal customers and friends will celebrate, along with us, the joy of finishing a well-run race.  There is always a finish line, and my parents were able to run across together, in good health and good form.  Along the way, our store provided us the ability to live, play, and work in HB, enjoy modest camping trips in Volkswagens, educate our family at fine schools (as well as at our registers), and learn and practice the Golden Rule in a family business that cared about the people who passed through our doors.  For this, I am grateful.

And for this, I am also sad.

By |2015-12-09T03:43:31+00:00July 23rd, 2012|Life|6 Comments

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Trent C. Marcus is a regular guy who like his family, Jesus, Guinness, soccer, and the law

6 Comments

  1. Tracy July 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Beautifully stated.

  2. Laurene July 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Such a great memory, such a great family, incredible parents….it is an awesome store 🙂 so glad to be a distant part of your family.

  3. Lena July 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    How sad and also inspiring. Thanks for that lovely tribute-I just had a bunch of bunch of happy flashbacks. Wish I could visit one last time …

  4. Lisa Roberts July 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    The end of an era! Sorry to hear this news but can’t imagine anyone but your family running the store. Your mom and dad most definitely have earned a happy and relaxing retirement…Plus, they have lots of grandkids they can now shower with their extra time and attention. Here’s to a wonderful next chapter for the Marcus family…

  5. Ray Brown July 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Ronee sent me the article about the store. Amy said she remembered all the times Peg would take her to get candy. Peg can not talk now – so pretend this is written by her. I loved the Springdale store and especially loved the Marcus family. I had so much fun there! We love you guys!

  6. Jason Kirkorn July 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I will never forget obtaining my ss card so I could work there with my best friend. I still remember that back room, the post office, and sorting those greeting cards like it was yesterday. Even though it was 35 years ago the time spent with the Marcus family will always be with me.What a great place with so many memories of such a wonderful family.

    PS. Love that picture!

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