John Smith

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Sheridan Stationery, ABC Realty

John Smith has been in the independent book store business in downtown Sheridan since 1994, although Sheridan Stationery Books and Gallery has been around for 80 years. He and his wife, Robby (also a board member) are the fifth owners and the store’s second longest-time owners. He is proud that his store is the service oriented and is the oldest, largest independent bookstore in Wyoming. In addition to running the bookstore, John is a real estate agent for ABC Realty.

John loves Sheridan, saying downtown is a vibrant, fun place to have a business and to get involved. He has been being associated with the Downtown Sheridan Association since 1994. “I have been on several committees at one time or another, have been past president and president. I’m involved in all but one committee right now, and I am the new chair of the Downtown Development Authority.”

John feels the DSA has done wonders to improve the Main Street. “If you look at before and after photos for the DSA being involved in downtown, it’s a night and day difference. All of the improvements have made Sheridan a positive, clean, nice place to work and live.

The Sheridan native was educated at Sheridan College and has “been lots of things, including a coal miner.”  He and Robby have been married since 1978 and have two grown children and grandchildren. He loves fishing, pheasant hunting and yellow labs.