To The Herald-Whig:
I love Weldon Stevenson and I was elated to see him featured in the The Herald-Whig. I can't begin to count all of the material, patterns, sewing notions, pants, tops, skirts, sweaters, overalls, shoes, gifts and other items I have bought at Weldon's over the years. (Yes, even though the store is called W.S. Stevenson, to me it will always be Weldon's.)
I left Shelbyville (Mo.) long ago, but I always go to Weldon's when I'm back in town. No matter how much I changed, he always recognized me and frequently remembered where I was living and working.
I am always proud to see that Weldon's is still in business and hanging on despite all the odds.
I would encourage everyone to support their locally owned businesses. Those businesses advertise in local newspapers, sponsor local events, pay local taxes and employ local people.
Weldon always has a cheery word and a kind smile. He is true gem of a man and the world would be better if there were more people like him.