Danny and I live in Philomont Virginia. It’s a small community out in Western Loudoun that boasts a Fire Department, a Community Center and a General Store. The Philomont General Store is the quintessential small town “back to basics” friendly gathering and local color destination. As times have changed, they have updated their gifts and sundries to include wines and gourmet snacks, but you can still get a good old ham biscuit if you want one.
Sunday is Dan and I’s only regularly scheduled day off from the Jewelry store. If we are home on Sunday, we make it a point to go to the Philomont store and get lunch (I usually get a bologna sandwich or BBQ with Diet Coke and Dan Roast Beef and a Dominion Root Beer). We choose to do this, not because we can’t make our own sandwiches, but because we enjoy and value the Philomont General Store and want to give them business. We want them to be there for us when we need Milk or Butter in an “Emergency”, so we intentionally visit them on a regular basis and when we can, we choose to purchase larger items (great Bacon by the slab!!) there. We recognize their importance to our community as a hub for local information and relationship. We see the ways they give back to the community and we want them to survive.
Kettermans Jewelers has been in Leesburg since 1988. We have watched our center change drastically over the past 28 years. Two of the “Anchors” of the center, Ben Franklin and Leesburg Pharmacy, have closed and we have lost a wealth of local commerce to Big Box and the internet and a lack of patrons in their stores. I miss them, and I’m sure that you do to.
Danny bought me an antique yardstick for Christmas that says “Success by the Yard is hard, But success by the Inch is a Cinch!” We want you to know that we value every watch battery you allow us to change, every chain you allow us to solder, every birthday gift you allow us to wrap and every engagement you allow us to be a part of. We want to be here for you for your “Jewelry Emergency” and to share a community relationship. Thank you for your Prayers, thank you for your Trust, thank you for including us in your family’s memorable moments, and thank you for your Patronage. Without you, we would not be here.
Have a Blessed New Year.
The Ketterman Family