- Local Guide
The grand opening of Simplee Sweet Bakery 302 E. Auglaize St. happened yesterday for owners Paul and Kathy Eisert.
Simplee Sweet's normal business hours will be Monday through Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to noon.
Often times, we stroll into the grocery store and bypass the greeter standing there to welcome us or to tell us to have a nice day. Sometimes neglecting the greeter can be awkward as they try to grab our attention, but Dewey Mullett doesn't care. He has been brightening customers' days — and occasionally flirting with the women — for almost seven years.
"I do not care what the nationality of a person is, where they are from, what color they are or if they weigh 1,000 pounds or 80 pounds," said the 79-year-old. "I realize each individual has a feeling and I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings. I want to make everyone feel as special as I know how."
Despite coquetting with women, the idea is to make Walmart customers feel special, happy and wanted, even by a complete stranger they may never get to know.
"I want everyone to feel like they are important regardless," he said. "That's what I try to do."
Yet, Dewey has had his own problems over the years, but no one would suspect anything because it's about making people happy, not withering in pain and acting miserable about it. Dewey lost all his toes several years ago due to a lack of blood circulation. His toes were green and black, creating so much pain it was nearly impossible to walk, let alone stand to greet customers.
"They were more of a pain than my wife," he said. "Without her, I don't know if I would be here though."
With Barb's care and supervision during a time when Dewey needed it most, he was able to recover and continue brightening people's lives, if only during a brief trip to get milk.
"I have to blame it on her for me being here," he said.
Barb and Dewey seem like two peas in a pod. Barb has been next to Dewey's side through thick and thin.
"I've got her, I think that is the biggest thing ever," he said. "I would do it all over again if that's what it takes. I do believe that there is one true love, one true mate. During these last seven years, I have seen lots and lots of gorgeous women walk through Walmart, and that one right there (pointing to his wife) is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen walk in."
The rest of the Feature of the Week story was in the Friday March 20 print edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.