Dirty streets, construction equipment, four-way stops and the general messiness of Renovation on the Boulevard belies the progress being made on the Historic Downtown Claremore project.

Downtown merchants and offices deserve a pat on the back and patronage during this transition. The project is six months in to a 10-month work schedule. It is a fact the work has definitely put a crimp in holiday shopping. Merchants have reported as much as a 20 percent drop in business.

So before jumping in your car and heading west to Owasso or south to Tulsa, take the time to navigate the mess and see what treasures can be found at home. Even if you don’t find everything you need or want, you will meet some fine hometown people and they will appreciate your show of support.

Come April 2007, it will be worth the inconvenience.