To the editor:
In the April 8 Leavenworth Times, Matt Nowak’s column caught my eye, and as I began to read it, I realized he was writing about a thrift store I have a connection to.
My wife, Sherry, and I operate the Kansas Country Store and the HOPE spay and neuter clinic is a low-cost clinic we built inside our store building.
Nowak was absolutely right about the old recycling business that used to be on the corner of Broadway and Shawnee. It had used boards with nails in them, and windows with broken glass in piles inside and outside the building.
The HOPE clinic needed financial support and Every Era Uptown Showroom was conceived. When that corner became available, we felt it would be a good location for the thrift shop.
The community has been very supportive of HOPE spay and neuter clinic and Every Era. The clinic sterilized more than 1,500 cats and dogs in 2013, and will exceed that number in 2014.
Every Era has purchased equipment to help make this possible. The Home Again microchip system, an improved computer program, and a new hydraulic surgery table have been purchased for the clinic with funding from Every Era.
The manager of Every Era, Darlene Klaus, does an admirable job of organizing and displaying the donated merchandise, and as Nowak indicated in his column, the variety of items available is unending. Every purchase made helps our local pet community.
We encourage everyone to shop local, and appreciate Nowak for his positive comments.

Don Brown