“People really want to go to visit the confectionery,” Gesell said. “They don’t really want to order it online, it’s not the same.”
The confectionery has become a tourist destination and the model of a small family-owned business through four generations.
“It was a piece of personal and family history we wanted to keep going,” Warren Schimpff said of why he and Jill decided to buy the family business. “It was a piece of community history ... and I wanted to see if I could have an effect on our
The local community, at least, believes they have, giving the couple a standing ovation when they received their award.
Jill Schimpff said the couple was thrilled to receive the honor.
“It’s nice to do something worthwhile that you have fun doing,” she added.
Warren Schimpff said they get comments all the time thanking them for being there and for being a stable part of Jeffersonville.
“We’ve kept downtown going, I really believe that,” he said. “I think we’ve had an effect. This has been the best personal accomplishment I can see in my life. We kept Schimpff’s going and have had some effect on the community through the continuity that we have to the past, and people need that.”
The Schimpffs said they would both like to see more small businesses of all kinds in the area.
Jill Schimpff said there is a distinct difference when a community is anchored with locally owned small businesses.
“It’s human contact,” she said. “You got to know them; they were people that you called by name and respected,” she said, recounting the small business owners in her community growing up. “You don’t get that from a chain.”
Jeffersonville Mike Moore cited his background as a small business owner and the sacrifices it takes to be successful. He thanked the recipients of the awards handed out Thursday, but asked something of the small business owners as well.