My oldest daughter Sierra, who just turned 16, is a two time cancer fighter! Last year the cancer she was diagnosed with and treated for at age 11 returned. She had more surgery followed by radiation this time. Her radiation was 5 days a week for 7 weeks and started as soon as school let out in June...that's pretty much all summer! One needs to keep the radiated part of ones body out of the sun. Well, Sierra's cancer is/was in her cheek...which meant radiation to her face! Not a lot of fun for a then 15 year old living at the beach! Here is where your Powell's comes in. My girl could do very little outside...nothing in the sun, no beach, bike riding (helmets don't provide any shade), swimming, kayaking...nothing! We live just above Second St, and you know how hard it is to stay inside living here! Sierra's friends would stroll with her---with a big floppy hat on---down to Second St many days of each week. They always ended up at Powell's and would spend a lengthy amount of time watching the movie, chatting, eating gelatto...just hanging out. I believe a good portion of allowances were spent there:) Now, not many establishments will let young people just hang out, usually they get run off for loitering, but your staff was always welcoming to Sierra and her variety of friends. They never made her feel that she shouldn't be there. I don't know if any of them realized at the time that she was ill because she would never let on. I just want you to know what a blessing your business was to us! Because your people allowed a girl and her friends to just be there, Sierra was able to have a little enjoyment and normalcy during an otherwise difficult time...and I got a little peace knowing my daughter was finding some joy and was able to herself be a kid!
We all still patronize Powell's regularly, in fact the 'Easter Bunny' brought some nice gift cards this year to my children (3 of them)...imagine that! Although, now that Sierra has healed and has more freedom in the sun she doesn't stay in the shoppe for as long as she used to. That might change now that she is old enough to have a summer job:)