Everyone is optimistic that tomorrow will be better, and it doesn’t matter what it’s called. All Americans are born with it. Entrepreneurs have lots of it. Faith, hope, optimism and a dream are what we are made of. There are incredible entrepreneurs in Gardiner relying on all of it. They have held their breath and jumped, which has resulted in bringing new life to our community. The realization of their dreams has been the reward. Not only has the town changed, somehow the residents seem to have a stronger sense of community. Now is the time to support these dreamers.
We are a country of consumers currently being told not to spend. The media has us believing we should be saving every penny, and holding tight to each dollar. On the other hand, we are bombarded with promotions, discounts and campaigns to spend, and to shop local. Gardiner has a great mix of retail businesses and family-owned farm stands passed down through generations, as well as newcomers, selling everything from coffee to diamonds. Our local retailers face challenges every day. Some obstacles are anticipated: bad weather days, upkeep of buildings, food spoiling, damaged merchandise, and even the occasional unhappy customer (they must not be locals!). Our retailers continue to follow their dreams although they are also being affected by the downward swing in the economy.
We can all make a difference by being strong and not letting the constant fear promoted in the news convince us to hold too tight to our wallets. A hundred people spending ten dollars at a local produce stand adds up to a thousand dollar day for a dreamer. Maintain the thought that things will be better soon and hold tight to our community, including our dreamers who give us faith, hope and the optimism.