Dear El Paso,
I want to express my sympathy for those of you in the community who’ve been seriously impacted by the current pandemic, whether it be from the virus itself or the economic destruction it has wrought. Black Alfred too has been affected. That’s why, as much as it pains me, I will have to return to Germany in the coming months to be with my family and reformulate a strategy for the company. Although I certainly plan on coming back this year, I’m not exactly sure when that will be and just wanted to give you all a heads up.
Although I’m excited to see my family in Cologne, I’ll certainly miss the second family that grew around me here in Chuco Town. When I came here four years ago, I barely spoke English and didn’t know anyone. Thanks to the loving spirit that defines life on the border, however, I quickly came to feel at home.
I want to thank everyone that has supported Black Alfred and made my time here so wonderful. None of this would have been possible without the Upper Valley Team, Destination El Paso, and Downtown Artist and Farmersmarket that gave me the platform to turn my dream into a reality. You all are such an asset to El Paso. Keep up the good work! And, of course, I need to thank all the farmers market's vendors whom I had the privilege of getting to know over the years. Thanks to you, my job never felt like a job at all.
As trying as these times are for all of us, I know this community will bounce back stronger than ever.
I love you, El Paso.