Clipped From The Ottawa Herald
Tough times too much for two businesses By UNDA BROWN Herald Staff Two area business have closed in the past few, weeks, possible victims victims of a poor economy. , Ottawa lost Dragon Way Video, 424 S. Main St., while Wellsville residents said goodbye to Simple Simon's Pizza, 430 Main St. Dragon's Way Video is believed to be the second Ottawa business to close in the past six months, Tom Weigand, Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce chief executivfJ officer, said. Earlier this year, Western & Lodge Connection, 111 S. Main St., closed. "But I don't believe that closing was due specifically to the economy," economy," Weigand said of the western collections shop. Simple Simon's Pizza, Wellsville , Simple Simon's Pizza, 430 Main St., succumbed to the economy last week after five years in Wellsville. The business was a fixture iii downtown Wellsville and its closing closing reduced the dining choices for' Wellsville residents from four res taurants to three. Wellsville Chamber of Com- •merce President Kristin Adams said she believes the pizza shop is the first Wellsville business to close because of the economy. The lack of a full-scale grocery store hurts small businesses in the community community of 1,700, she said. "The Wellsville Market is fine to get something quick or to get canned items, h\\t if you want fresh produce, a meat counter • and a bakery, you have to go out- sidei of Wellsville," she, said. "It causes problems for all our small businesses because when people go out of town for groceries, they get other things out of town while they're at it, including meals." The restaurant's owner. Glen Leimkuehler, purchased Simple Simon's two years ago. Dragon's Way Video, Ottawa After nine months, Larry Collins decided to call it quits and hung an 6ut-of-business sign on the fi-ont door of his former video movie rental rental and martial arts studio. Dragon's Way Video, 424 S?Main St., opened in October after Collins Collins overheard some of his martial arts students complain about the lack of a video rental outlet besides besides Redbbx. "But after almost a year, I've done nothing but break even," Collins Collins said. "The guys I rent from called, and said I had to pay my back rent by July 15 or vacate by July 30. It wasn't a hard decision. I can't pay the rent." Collins said he accepts flill responsibility responsibility for the business's failure, but said he ,was dis'appoiinted that his business was overlooked in a recent controversy surrounding another video store. Ottawa city officials debated debated for several months with supporters supporters of Family Video, which requested requested to open a video rental store in Ottawa. During the zoning debate, no one mentioned ptta\ya already had a video store, Collins said. "The Chamber of Commerce didn't say anything. The city officials officials didn't say anything," Collins Collins said. "If my business was that insignificant, then maybe I don't need to l?e in business in Ottawa. Maybe I just need to retire, so that's what I'm going to do."