The Changing Face of Water Street

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Though Pat Lokken may not have copied her last key on Water Street, the end of an 32-year era that she helped create at Tru-Lock is coming, and it may only be a couple months away.

"Water Street has a lot of promise. It's a great place to be and a great place to be in business, however we've just been out of room for a long time."

The business will move across town to a bigger space on Truax Street sometime in July, a few months before construction is expected to be finished on Dooley's Pub.

"It's just a thrill-something we've been looking forward to for a long time," said owner Michael Dooley.

The bar and restaurant will soon occupy the land that held The Cameraderie, until it was destroyed by fire more than four years ago.

"We all miss 'The Cam,' but nothing lasts forever," said Steve Reuter. The same can be said of one of his businesses, Union Records.

Like Tru-Lock, the twenty-year old record shop won't stay on Water Street, but they won't be moving either.

"It's not a profitable operation anymore, so we'll close down."

Despite all the changes, there may be remnants of both stores on Water Street for some time to come. Steve says he'll sell some of his CD's at his other store, Truckers Union, down the street, while Pat may condense the current Tru-Lock site into a smaller key-cutting operation. Neither owner thinks there's too much to read into the water street shuffle.

"We're still pretty much a community-oriented small business environment," Reuter said.

"It's one of those things where no one can really explain it-it just occurred," Pat said.

It's Much like the good fortune Pat and her long-standing neighbors have seen in their decades of doing business on Water Street.