Mayor Earling: Petosa's, Community Pulled Together After Flood

"Too often we lose sight of a business and the importance it has to the community," says the mayor.


Editor's note: The following article is provided by Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling.

Living in a community such as Edmonds, with the quality of life we all expect and enjoy, it is much too easy to take the common everyday benefits for granted. Whether it is our quality school system, our high standard parks, the waterfront setting, or our restaurants and shops, we too often overlook a few of our true anchors that help Edmonds function as a whole.

One of those "anchors" is on Fifth Avenue in downtown. As you all know, they had a devastating flood, when a pipe burst in the building. They were closed for a week to put the facility back together. Thousands of dollars of food and goods were lost. The back part of the building where the preparation of food is processed is in shambles.

Miraculously, they were able to put most everything back together in a week, and with the hard work of the staff and professional cleaning service businesses, . Through it all, Petosa's gave back to the community by contributing all perishable food to local food banks. Betty Petosa and her fine crew are community-oriented and we all appreciate their commitment.

This past Thursday evening, the community pulled together and staged a sensational event at the store. to bring attention to the challenges and success of a true "anchor" in our midst. It was enormously successful with hundreds of people showing up to support the store.

A cash mob simply shows up to support a local business by spending money to help a business get back on their feet. Thank you Edmonds and surrounding communities that pitched in their support.

Think how our downtown would feel if a disaster such as the one that hit Petosa's permanently put it out of business? Think about how we rely on a single type of business in the core ... think about how we felt when Ace Hardware went out of business several months ago. Not what we want.

Too often we lose sight of a business and the importance it has to the community. Petosa's is integral to the success of our community and a true anchor we need to support. Not only after a tragedy such as was experienced, but all year round. They are good people doing good work for the community and we in Edmonds need to keep that in mind.

Clark W Griswold April 24, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I hope when I get a flat tire or a light bulb burns out the mayor writes an letter like this for me. I was at the cash mob and I'm probably at Petosa's daily but this statement from Mr Mayor is pretty silly.
Jim P. April 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I for one thought this letter was thoughtful and on point. As great as it was to see the community rally for the store (and I worked there for many years and witnessed first hand how much this family has done for the community) the bottom line is that the businesses of Edmonds need more than a one time cash infusion to sustain them through these hard times. They need support all year long. In my opinion, Mayor Earling could preach this message everyday.
Clark W Griswold April 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
A "cash infusion" is not how stores operate. Who wouldn't love a cash infusion? Stores operate by generating revenues. Petosa's is a great local store, supported by neighbors. It's a for-profit business. Go to Petosa's to buy your groceries and support your local economy, but insurance is exactly for situations like these. Donating food is credited. If these shops don't survive because they're doing a great job filling a need, I'd rather see another in their place that does.


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