Tuxedo Warehouse is in Boise, Idaho on Ustick Rd.
And I normally blog about questions or people.
Today, though, it may appear that I'm breaking that pattern and posting a blog about a business.
Not really, though.
My comments remain about a central question and a key person.
The person is Albert.
Albert is a young married dad who appears to be in his late 20's. He's part owner and definitely the manager of a going concern in Boise called Tuxedo Warehouse. (They rent as well as sell tuxes, etc year round.)
The question is this:
How is America going to pull itself out of the current financial crisis on main street? Forget about the newly "averted" fiscal cliff on Wall Street, people across the land want hope and want results from their own hard labor in their local town.
At Albert's "Tuxedo Warehouse", you can find him there working tirelessly - often as a one-man-shop. don't get me wrong - the warehouse is huge and has regiments of long-tailed uniforms of late night and early morning weddings (Over 3,000 I think.) Yet, he's learned how to keep the lights on by working the floor himself in these tough times.
I went there recently for a need I had. His attention to detail, his willingness to listen and then suggest something were all there (as they should be for a man in such a position) but there was more. Albert CARED about what I was headed to, he CARED about how the event would go, he honestly WANTED a success for me at the event for which I was getting all formaled-up.
See, the event was met, and the evening was over. But more deeply imprinted on me was the way in which Albert's efforts and personal concern for my family and me overshadowed the brightness of the previous night.
I turned in the temporary tux and Albert got a permanent customer.
That's how Americans will continue to weather this storm of financial difficulty. By personal care and attention to detail. By caring for one another. By being like Albert.
And quietly going about our business helping one another.
Now that type of first class service deserves a tip of a top hat!