As the rejuvenation of upper King Street has been taking place, I have looked at the Morris Sokol Furniture Store on King Street and had the feeling that it was only a matter of time.

It seems that the time is upon us, and we are losing an institution. The Morris Sokol family and extended family of employees is and always will be remembered by my wife and me, not only as a place to purchase furniture but as a place to just visit and “look around” and talk to some extremely nice people.

Our first purchase was with Al Riley. Mr. Riley was always dressed to the nines and would welcome you with a big smile. In our first conversation when I realized his last name was Riley, I began to ask, “Are you related to Mayor ...,” and he quickly interrupted with “second cousin on my momma’s side.”

We always laughed about his quick comeback, given the fact that Mr. Riley is black and the mayor is not.

I later learned, through an article in The Post and Courier, that Mr. Riley is very involved in his neighborhood mentoring youngsters and making life better in the Lowcountry for all of us.

I wish Al Riley well and many years of health and happiness and will miss the little visits we had from time to time.

I also hope the future will be filled with health and happiness for the Sokol family and their extended family of employees.

Seymour Rosenthal

Waterfront Drive

Mount Pleasant