One Huge Step
I was out shopping in the historic town of Portsmouth, NH recently when I saw a most bizarre sign. It was simply a handicapped accessible sign, but it was in front of a jewelry store that had one huge step out front. I wasn’t with Aidan and I hadn’t intended to go into the store but I just couldn’t walk away. Truth be told, I was a bit defensive and ready to educated them about how that stone step is actually the opposite of accessible. So, I went inside just as a newly engaged couple finished telling their beautiful story. I was looking for a back entrance that was possibly accessible. Nothing. I told them I noticed their sign and was wondering how their store could be accessible with that HUGE stone barrier outside. They were super friendly and said they had a folding ramp to use. They offered to help me get someone in the store who may need the ramp. When I said I didn’t need that at the moment, they showed me the ramp and said how easy it is for them to use. They acknowledged that their choices for making the store accessible were limited in a historic town. I get that and was impressed that they made an effort. It was a smart business decision for them as they have used it several times already. I mentioned that their sign could use a little clarification.
So, if you’re ever in Portsmouth, go check out Summerwind on Market Street. Support their efforts for inclusion and get your girl some bling. (In case you’re wondering, I’m partial to sapphires and diamonds.)