In view of the new liquor law changes in Kansas, since April 1, our small liquor stores in the Manhattan community are Main Street kind of businesses.

Sometimes on the busiest corner among notable buildings with well-lit parking and extended hours, serving everything imaginable under one roof.

And, now a new kind of customer is being drawn through its doors seeking comfort and community instead of big-box discount deals. It’s a real sense of community when you visit a local liquor store.

A growing number of small-business owners are seeking a opportunity to make a comeback. A National Federation of Independent Businesses report shows that small businesses are growing and adding the most workers per firm since July 2006.

In a small business, commitment to the community goes well beyond the business hours. Being involved in the city, which includes planning and events to create and draw people to the business. Sometimes doing all this while working a full-time job as a business owner.

Remembering that the bigger companies become, the more we should care about the communities we serve. We have always loved our small businesses and their growth is vital to Manhattan.

It’s heartening to see the small-business owners determined and fighting for the success of their business and community.

Beth Ann Riley

221 N. 5th St., Apt #3

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