I believe we all have a plan for our futures. We aspire to be many different things, such as teachers, doctors, lawyers, etc. Often times in life, we find ourselves headed down a path different from the one we planned to take. The path I’ve followed has lead me to downtown Cape Girardeau. Never did I imagine I’d be operating my own business. That was never my “plan.” I am truly blessed that my plan did not work out. Becoming a business owner in downtown Cape is a special opportunity, one that has brought many people into my life, all of whom I treasure.
Being part of this local community and interacting with its supporters makes this experience very rewarding. Every day, new faces come into my shop, Annie Em’s at Home. Those faces are always full of news, stories, and advice. My customers have become my friends. The relationships I have with them are worth more than they’ll ever know.
Downtown Cape has become an area for small businesses to thrive and flourish. Whether you’re looking for shopping, dining, or entertainment, downtown Cape has it all. Every time you walk into a new business, you’re sure to be greeted with a smile and a warm welcome. The business owners are a tight-knit group that truly value their customers. They believe in making the downtown experience one that welcomes all. I am very proud to be a part of this group of individuals.
As I stated previously, owning a small business was not my plan. I took ownership of my store from my Mother in 2012. The change in ownership was unexpected. After operating Annie Em’s at Home for close to a year now, I’ve learned that plans don’t always work out like you hope they will. Sometimes, the best things to happen to us are those that are unexpected.