Thank you to Brooks Bros.
To the editor:
Since 1917, the Brooks family has been supplying tools, repairs and good will to all of us living in Bethel. They were amongst the first “people from around here” that gave us the support and made the transition from Boston to Bethel as easy as it could be.
Because we were a new business in town, we didn’t know who we should call to do just about anything or how to create a business existence in town. The Brooks family was the first to set us up as an account, and without even having to ask for it, they gave us a line of credit. As every business trying to get started, we had our share of ups and downs and never once did Brooks Brothers ever refuse to help us. I went in to the store one day to get something, for the life of me I can’t remember what the heck it was, and Jack asked if I wanted to put it on our account. “What account?” I asked him. “I didn’t set up an account.” Jack answered that he had set it up for us. I thanked him of course and he said to me, “Why not? I know where you are. We’ll be fine.”
That was the beginning of a relationship that has lasted over 25 years. Now it has come to my attention that after almost one hundred years the Brooks family will no longer be at that old rickety-floored building that has become as familiar to me as my own home. They will no longer operate the company that came to our rescue, whether at the Backstage or at our home and did so with as much dispatch as possible.
I wish the new owners much luck. I’m compelled to tell you that you have some huge shoes to fill. I hope that you treat your customers with the same dedication and respect that has been the “coat of arms” of the Brooks family.
I want to very much be amongst the first to wish the Brooks family all the luck in the world and to offer my heartfelt thank you for the wonderful resource you have been to all of us since 1917.
God bless and I hope you have a great time with your new found freedom of not being tied, as like an umbilical cord, to a business that you all gave 100 percent to.
Lal and I know the feeling … and the wonderful feeling of freedom. Hooray for you!