Arthur Flower Shop – Owners Mark and Anita Krutsinger; Randall Electric – Owners Carol and Rod Randall; The Woodloft – Owner George Fritz
At the Simply Arthur Annual Dinner held at Yoder’s Kitchen on May 10, 2022, several Arthur Area businesses were honored for being an integral part of the Arthur Area’s business community for many years. These are not the only businesses to deserve recognition. There are more honors to come.
Randall Electric was honored for being a pioneer in the installation of electricity, superior sales, and service, and being a prominent and involved advocate of Arthur for 75 years. Rod’s father installed some of the first air conditioning systems in downtown Arthur. The Randall family helped provide rural homes with electricity and sold some of the first TVs and antenna systems in the Arthur area.
Rod returned to Arthur in 1976 to work “temporarily” in the business and never left. He officially took over Randall Electric in 1982. His wife Carol takes care of the bookkeeping. Under Rod’s guidance the store grew and introduced Arthur area residents to VCRs, video games, cordless and cellular phones, scanners, computers, satellite TV systems, and numerous other first technologies.
Today, after 75 years of excellent sales and service to the community, Randall Electric stands out as an example of providing outstanding products, prices, and service for its customers. Congratulations Rod and Carol!
There is a wonderful story behind the beginnings of The Arthur Flower Shop. Anita Krutsinger’s parents started the business selling flowers out of their greenhouse as 308 S. Spruce.
Over the years The Arthur Flower Shop expanded the store’s offerings to include delicious fudge, inspirational and patriotic plaques, gifts and souvenirs, and the most beautiful flower arrangements found anywhere. Upon entering The Arthur Flower Shop, you immediately sense that the Krutsingers have a passion about their business that was obviously built with love and pride.
As second generation owners of The Arthur Flower Shop, Anita and her Mark have worked diligently to preserve a family-oriented business by supplying quality products with dignity during customers’ moments of joy and sorrow for 50 years.
The Wood Loft started 40 years ago from owner George Fritz’s passion for wood and wood products.
At the time he opened downtown, the Amish wood shops in the area did not have showrooms to display their furniture. He thought by displaying wood furniture he could advertise and develop sales.
The Taylor family had a long history of downtown businesses that included Delbert’s, The Villa, Delwood Restaurant, and Shoes Too. The Wood Loft opened on the south side of The Villa but as clothing styles changed over the years they expanded the Amish made furniture business to what it is today.
Additional business to be recognized in upcoming editions:
Kuhns Equipment – 60 years, Otto Canvas, LLC – 50 years and F D Miller Feed – 50 years