Pella Chronicle

January 22, 2014

Prickett makes tough choice, excited to call Pella home

By Clint Brown The Chronicle
The Pella Chronicle

---- — Leaving something good is some times tough. Ryan Prickett, 36, Brown’s Shoe Fit Manager in Pella, knows that all too well.

Prickett, who is originally from Mt. Pleasant, started his new role beginning at the first of the year, following the retirement of Wayne Whitham.

“I still have family there,” Prickett said.

Prickett, who previously had been the store manager of Brown’s in Colorado Springs, CO, felt like Pella was a good ‘middle-ground’ for him and his wife, Anissa. Anissa, who is a Registered Nurse with a degree in Health Care Administration, has family in the Kansas City area and Prickett thought this might be a good chance to get away from the city.

“It was a hard to leave there,” Prickett admitted “It’s beautiful there. The misconception is the weather is like it is here - it’s not. It’s a lot nicer there. I think it was 55 there (last week) on Thursday. It took us many months to make our decision to come to Pella.

Pella makes it a fourth stop running a Brown’s store for Prickett. He has managed in Ottawa, KS, Spencer, IA, Colorado Springs, CO and now Pella.

“I had an uncle who ran a store and I started working for him,” Prickett said. “That’s how I got started. I really didn’t know much about Pella growing up in Southeast Iowa.”

Prickett first visited Pella, with the thoughts of moving in June of 2013.

“We didn’t have a good chance to really explore Pella,” he said. “My wife and I came back in September. We went to a lot of places, visited both schools and chatted with people. There’s a lot of pluses to Pella. But the decision came down to where is the best place to raise our son, Saer (4) and we have a baby on the way. We didn’t really have a reason to leave Colorado. We loved it out there. It was hard, but Colorado Springs is a city and had city issues.”

Some of those issues, Prickett didn’t want his family to be troubled with he said.

“January 2 was my first day and I have been busy since,” he said “I work and I go home. But my favorite thing to do outside of work is spend time with my family.”

Prickett said his wife and son are still in Colorado and will be there until their house sells.

“That’s been tough too,” he said. “So it’s really hard being away from them. But I hope to get a feel for the community and get involved.”

Pickett admits each location he as worked at has been a little different.

‘In Colorado Spring we were more of a ‘niche’ store, where here in Pella we are everything to everyone,” he said. “Wayne did a wonderful job here and I want to keep that going and improve it if I can. That’s always the goal. I want to put a few of my own twists on it too.”

Prickett is excited about opportunities here in Pella, even though it was tough to leave Colorado.

“It’s a busy job - six days a week,” he said. “I want to get settled in the community and start learning what people do and how Pella works. I am interested to seeing Tulip Time, Thursdays in Pella and Lake Red Rock.”