This is Crabby Patty. Patty Hafenstein. She really doesn't seem so Crabby. That comes at the end of the 16-hour days. When we were there yesterday we had to wait awhile for all the locals to go through the checkout line. That was terrific -- and made her smile, too.
This is Crabby Patty's, the Dexter Mini-Mart at the corner of K-15 and the city of Dexter in Cowley County. It's a one-pump store -- that is when there is gas. Patty has to pay at least $2,000 for the fuel truck to even come her way. The 12 cent per gallon mark-up pays for all the other costs associated with the pump and the paperwork. Maybe, maybe the Winfield Co-op will take over the gas pump operation. She's losing money on the gas pumps now. I hope the co-op deal works.
The inventory is relatively scant. She has to go to Sam's to buy grocery inventory. She'd rather not but she has explored all other options. A separate bread truck, chip truck, and beer truck come. One of the few profit producers is the Hunts Brothers Pizza.
Maybe she could fix the floor and ceiling tile if the out-dated refrigeration utility costs weren't so astronomical. The outdated ones are not energy efficient at all. The Dexter Economic Development Committee has located some people to come visit with Patty ways to reduce the utility costs.
The "lots of little money" that comes from the Kansas Explorers Club campaign to get one thousand people to go to Crabby Patty's to spend $5 helps her spirits and allows her to buy groceries and gas a little sooner for the locals. To date, over 200 people have come by to spend an extra $5 or sent something in the mail.
She gets money in the mail, too, with notes. She can tell when an envelope is from one of the Thousand and she tears it open to read the notes. The notes melt her heart. Bring a tear to her eye. She says, "It's really nice to know that people care so much."
Crabby Patty's address is 501 K-15 Hwy., Dexter, KS 67038.
The mini-mart is a functional business in Dexter that supplies staples of gas, a few groceries, and pizza. It doesn't look all that pretty inside but please don't judge. There are so very many things going on behind the scenes that we can't see. Patty is trying, she cares about providing Dexter with this business, and she works really hard.
Our $5 makes more of a difference to her than you might imagine. We're doing this till we hit 1,000 people. We Kan do it. If you go in to Crabby Patty's you'll get an "I Kan Help" button.
The following is from Linda Geffert:
May I echo your closing sentiments in the Explorer Update of April 3rd, "You're the Best, Kansas Explorers."
I was one of the owners of Lizard Lips during the first campaign several years ago. Having Kansas Explorers respond to the call of 'spend five dollars' was one of the most cherished memories I have of being part of that business.
The money was certainly appreciated but in addition to that, we received encouragement, made new friends and soaked up the positive, energetic vibes exuded by Kansas Explorers. They are always happy and up-beat and never quibble over price because they know rural businesses can't get volume discounts.
Best to Crabby Patty.
Linda Geffert, KE #61
Wanting to help is to "Get Kansas!"
KE #2 Marci Penner