Community building through business?

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Rob and Tyler ConnoleyIt’s an interesting question: can you use a for-profit business to help build community ties?

In Silver City, the answer is “yes.”

Just as in any other place, Silver City (and the surrounding communities to be sure) have businesses that not only provide a valuable product or service to their customers — these businesses also strive to give their customers the finest in quality care and support. These businesses, all across the country, always flourish, because they’ve earned their customer’s loyalty.

Every once in a while, however, a business comes along that truly reaches out to its customers. Take, for example, the Curious Kumquat.

This weekend, Rob and Tyler Connoley celebrated the grand re-opening of their store. That in and of itself isn’t exactly anything incredible. However, on Thursday, they held an open house for the customers and volunteers who helped them move their business to its new location:

Curious Kumquat Community

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: that’s a lot of people!

There’s more info in this article (which appeared in Friday’s Silver City Daily Press) about the process, but, seeing all those people at the store on Thursday really reinforced that this community does care about the Kumquat and its owners.

Rob and Tyler will soon travel to a convention to speak about building communities, and, as you can see, they’ll be well-spoken. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by the store at its new location (111 E. College Ave) you should do so. They offer an incredible assortment of gourmet and international foods, and the finest cheese selection in town. If you’re looking to cook something a little out of the ordinary, or to try something new with a favorite recipe, this is the place to go.

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