Welcome to this week's Local Thoughts. Today's answers are from John Baxter, who owns Baxter Tire and Auto on Mountain Road. This business celebrated its 25th anniversary recently and today Baxter will tell us his thoughts on Pasadena.
Pasadena Patch: How long have you lived in Pasadena?
John Baxter: 36 years
Pasadena Patch: What's your favorite part of our community?
Baxter: The people and closeness of the community
Pasadena Patch: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Pasadena?
Baxter: Angel's Supermarket—Tommy is one of the first people I met when I moved to the area, he treated me like he knew me forever. Cookie's Kitchen is always a good meal and you never go in without seeing a familiar face. Brumwell's Heating and Air Conditioning—Mr. Brumwell delivered oil to me, barely having known me, he left no bill knowing I would be in to pay. He was such a trusting soul. From the get-go, the community was just so welcoming.
Pasadena Patch: Where are some Pasadena landmarks that hold fond memories for you?
Baxter: Playing pool at the old Mountain Bar across from Lake Shore Fire Department; Riverdale Restaurant, where I used to take the boat with Rosie and the girls; Schramm's Farm, we went there every year when Tanya and Tennille were little to pick out a pumpkin and they would get a goody bag from the big pumpkin. Pasadena is full of memories for me.
Pasadena Patch: What would you like to see in the future for Pasadena?
Baxter: I believe it will stay a close-knit community because the Pasadena Business Association contributes so much to the community. I recently joined their shop local campaign and am a huge fan of the idea to support small businesses or family-owned businesses ... [they] are the backbone of our community.