What It's Like As A Lakewood Business Owner's Son

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the son of Lion and Blue business owners? Well, I’ll tell you all about it. Lion and Blue is like my second home, I’ve spent probably a quarter of my life there. This is good and bad.

The good thing is that I have experienced a lot of interactions with customers and employees. This is good because it’s good to interact with new people. It’s also given me an opportunity to make new friends. One of my friends came to the store and he got to go in the back of the store and behind the counter and he said, “It’s so cool to be your friend and be able to go back here.” Another reason is that I can learn stuff that kids usually don’t learn. I’ve learned how to do the sales tax, marketing, and own a business. Sales tax is the sub total times whatever the government wants, but lately it’s been $0.0775. My mom showed me how to market. She has an ad in the Lakewood Observer every two weeks. I don’t intend to run Lion and Blue when I am older. I am going to be a billionaire but these skills will help a lot. 

The bad thing is that it gets boring over time. I have spent a lot of my life at Lion and Blue and after awhile it’s boring. My sister Esther and I have a little “hang out” in the basement with a couch, and a TV and art studio. When Ess and I aren’t reading, drawing, or doing homework we usually go to the library to get some movies. We know pretty much every movie and book there. During the holidays we spend most of our time downstairs.

The funny thing is, now my family refers to Lion and Blue as “the store.” When Mom says, “I’m going to the store,” we all know that means Lion and Blue.

I work at “the store” on vacation and in the summer. It’s very fun to write up receipts and help customers. I think it’s a good experience to learn how to wait on customers and write people up.

My dad’s a jeweler and I make jewelry sometimes. I’ve made rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. It’s fun to make jewelry with my dad. The cool thing is how he can make rings. First you have a piece of wax in a bar or ring form then you can carve it and after you’re done you send it to a company and they cast it in whatever your heart desires: gold, platinum, silver, copper, stainless steel. It’s pretty cool.

So my life as the son of Lion and Blue’s owners (Tina and Michael) is pretty good. I have learned a lot and I’ll learn a lot more. I hope to wait on you at Lion and Blue.

Calvin Dolatowski, Calvin is a Harding 6th grader

To it whom concern - I'm a 6th grader at Harding middle school. I love sketching and wanted to start writing, too. I've written articles for the Observer before and want to write some more. See you in the writing business.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 8:41 PM, 01.10.2012