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Now everyone knows that Floyd Havemeier, of Rockford’s Herman’s Boy, likes to keep his thumb on the pulse of Rockford. (Huge understatement!)
So it came to pass that Floyd and wife Sharon would not embark on a well-deserved two-month winter R&R hiatus to the Gulf coast of Florida unless the boys back at the store would promise to, each and every week, Express Mail a current edition of Rockford’s hometown newspaper, The Rockford Squire, to their vacation retreat.
During the couple’s two-month absence (mid-January to mid-March) much occurred in Rockford. Wolverine World Wide did an about-face, Herman’s Boy was honored as the “2010 Business of the Year” by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Frenz Coffee House ended a four-year struggle by closing their doors, the Rockford City Council rejected the Rockford Area Historical Society’s proposal to relocate to the Rockford-owned and vacant 63rd District Court building, and a planning consultant for the City renamed the Northland Drive business corridor: “Mish-Mash Dr.”
Reading of all of these issues in the Squire sent Floyd’s heart racing but, at the same time, he was consoled by a newfound friend “Jose.” It seems that Floyd’s host in Ft. Meyers had made Jose available to Floyd and Sharon as their personal butler during the duration of their visit.
Floyd quickly took a special interest in the silent, smiling and ever-attentive Jose. When the time came to return home to Rockford, Floyd had become convinced that Jose would make a perfect addition to the Herman’s Boy team. Jose was a tough sell, however, and it wasn’t until the ever-persuasive Floyd told him that the 2010 Census had revealed a huge increase in the Hispanic population in the greater Grand Rapids area that Jose agreed to come on board.
Now residing in Rockford, Jose has become the official greeter of customers as they enter the “one store worldwide” Herman’s Boy in Rockford. Entering the front door of the store, be sure to say “Buenos dias” and “welcome” to the diminutive sombrero-wearing hombre with a big heart.
P.S. Grandson Mike Havemeier is perhaps the most thrilled of all by the addition of Jose, saying, “It’s fine with me. Now I’m not the low man on the totem pole!”