The 16th annual Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association Business Breakfast took place this year on November 16 hosted by The Riviera Club. Filling up the Ball Room, the large number of family, community and corporate businesses represented a balance of the diversity in our thriving area.
Sid Maurer Award for Outstanding Business Leadership
Caroline Farrar, Executive Director of Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association presented the “Sid Maurer Award for Outstanding Business Leadership.” This award is named in honor of Sid Maurer, who with his wife Eleanor, owned and operated the Atlas Supermarket for 55 year at the corner of 54th Street and College Avenue. Sid and Eleanor were beloved by their customers and the community mostly for the personal relationship they built with their customers.
Sid defied the logic of the grocery business— one of the most competitive industries in America with super low profit margins— by never expanding beyond his single location and he managed to keep the business running financially through good times and bad. Sid would often find and order items simply at a customer’s request. And if a customer was a bit short on cash, he might let them slide, extending old school style credit for them to pay for their groceries when they received their next paycheck.
The MKNA Sid Maurer award now has roots in strong tradition, and this year honored local business owner Pat Sullivan of Sullivan Hardware and Garden.
Pat’s store has been a strong anchor to our neighborhood retail node at the corner of 49th Street and Pennsylvania Street for over 15 years. His investment in Meridian~Kessler came at a much needed time, turning an abandoned gas station into a thriving business serving the needs of local residents. Much like Sid Maurer, Pat survives in a tough competitive business by offering a higher level of customer service built on personal relationships. (And, let’s not forget the free popcorn!)
Furthermore, Pat has always been a great supporter of the Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association. Each spring, Pat proudly promotes the Meridian~Kessler Home Tour on his weekly radio show on WIBC.
Congratulations to Pat! We are proud to support our local Meridian~Kessler businesses and wish you many, many successful years as our neighbor.
In 1954 Sullivan Hardware, now Sullivan Hardware & Garden, was founded by Robert Sullivan after he returned home from serving in World War II and the Korean War. His wife, Rita, ran the first store located on East Washington Street in Indianapolis, while he ran his previously established contracting business.