It’s month two of the new PRIME and I hope you’re loving the revamped look. I know some of you are – you’ve reached to tell me so.
Thanks to everyone who has dropped me an email or note, or called to pass on what you like about the new PRIME.Thanks, too, to those who miss the old features, like the larger calendar of events.
I get your frustration. Change is hard for everyone – including me.
I feel like Solomon when I’m trying to decide what to use and what to throw away as I plan the new calendar and Six Things.
If you want more things to do – check the Town Events in PRIME’s sister publications: The Reminder – published every Thursday – or The Herald, The Reminder Metro West or the Springfield Reminder, published on Fridays. Like PRIME, they’re free publications. You’ll find them wherever you pick us up.
I’m especially loving the chance to chat with people like Brian Hale, executive director of the Bing Arts Center, and Andrew Yee, managing partner of The Student Prince.
If you haven’t visited the Student Prince since Yee and Peter Pan Bus Lines CEO Peter Picknelly rescued the downtown icon, do, even if it’s just for a beer.
“I didn’t plan to become a restaurateur,” Picknelly admitted. He just couldn’t let one of Gourmet magazine’s 21 legendary American restaurants – and an important part of downtown Springfield – disappear. “There are 1.2 million restaurants in America … I think to have [The Student Prince] close, it would be a real shame.”
He said the public’s reaction has made it worth the expense, and the effort.
“It’s amazing how many people have come up to us and said ‘we got engaged at the Fort,’ ‘I shared my first beer with my dad [here],’ there are hundreds and hundreds of stories.
“So many families have memories here, four generations of my family [included],” he told PRIME.
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