by Dodie Hook
Alesia Keleher, Owner and Operator of Larson Design Floral and Boutique, met with the Akron City Council June 24 to announce she will be moving with her husband, Sgt. First Class Cassidy Keleher of the U.S. Army, and will be closing her store which has been in Akron the last three and a half years.
Within the next 30 days the Kelehers plan to relocate to Texas with the US Army and this is what has prompted her decision to close the business in Akron. “Recently, in March of this year I married Sergeant First Class Cassidy Keleher of the United States Army. I am honored to be both an Army wife and a proud supporter of our troops and veterans” said Keleher.
Due to the move, she also let the council know she has withdrawn her interest in half of the spec building which the Akron Development Corp. (ADC) and Akron City Council have been working on with Keleher for the last two years.
“I come to you tonight with a heavy heart,” Keleher told the council. “I would like to publicly announce to both the ADC and Akron City Council that effective immediately I am withdrawing my interest in becoming a possible tenant for one half of the spec building in which the ADC and City Council have been diligently working to erect here in our downtown. My decision comes out of obligation to my husband and to my family.”
Keleher acknowledged three key players who have been active supporters of the project from the beginning: Gary Horton, Nicholle De-Rocher, and Chad Ericson.
“These key players have worked over the past two years with me personally to make this project possible. It was decided nearly one year ago that with Larson Design being the only tenant to occupy this two-tenant building, the project was worth the financial commitment for Akron to go ahead.”
Keleher gave her support to the ADC and City Council to continue its plans for the construction of the spec building. “After all, it is our downtown that makes our small town come to life” stated Keleher in her encouraging statement.
Keleher then explained that since the decision was made to construct the building, it has been brought to her attention that there is an additional party ready to occupy the second half of the spec building.
“When I opened my business in Akron, commercial space was very limited. I wholeheartedly believe that the city will have no problem finding an entrepreneur like myself or an existing business looking to expand to occupy that space and I would like to publicly support the city counsel and the ADC with the decision to move forward with construction. Keleher said.
Keleher told those present that over the next two weeks she plans to sell out the existing inventory of the business which is scheduled to close its doors July 12. Anything left will then be donated to the Disabled American Veterans thrift store with any proceeds being donated to both the Plymouth county and Woodbury county veteran chapters.
“I am an Akron native, a 2000 Akron-Westfield graduate, and this has been my hometown the past 23 years. I built lifelong friendships, served our community, and ran a successful business employing eight of Akron’s citizens. Over the last 3.5 years my business has brought approximately $700,000 in revenue which I am proud to say was fed right back in to our great town,” Keleher said.
“I would like to personally thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for the support and gratitude you have given me, my family, and my business in the last three and one half years. May God Bless you all.”