It is not enough to say that we all lost a wonderful friend when Bob (Sugar Bob) Landman, owner of the Good Earth natural food store, passed away at 62 years old last Saturday night. Early indications point toward a heart attack as the culprit. Bob left behind his wife Jody; children Louie, Mike, Joe and Molly, and Molly's husband Rudy; grandchildren Myles and Luke; and hundreds of very sad friends.
Everyone became an old friend upon meeting Bob for the first time, who would usually be stocking shelves or helping customers in the store.
As a friend and one-time business partner of Bob's, I can assure you few people are as fair, honest and generous as Bob was.
Bob bought the Good Earth natural foods store in the little house on the canal in Broad Ripple Village in the early 1970s. He worked seven days a week for the next 34 years, building the business year after year, adding rooms onto the house as the business grew. He was constantly introducing new products to the city such as lines of shoes, sandals, clothing, vitamins, herbs, fresh fruits, vegetables and hundreds of other new products.
Years ago, when Wild Oats and Sunflower - both big natural food chains - entered the city near Bob's Northside store, I asked him if he was worried. He assured me he wasn't and was sure his customers would stick with him. And, boy, was he right! Good Earth continued to grow and serve the community and each of those chains is gone now. Bob's continued success is in no small part due to Bob's smart business sense and his ever-giving personality.
Kristen Earmon-Shine wrote me and pointed out that one of Bob Landman's great contributions - around the Good Earth and beyond - was his ability to foster community. That ability means that many people are now experiencing a very surprising and significant loss. I couldn't agree more.
Please send your loving e-mails or stop by the store to show your support and condolences for the friends, employees and family of Sugar Bob. They are starting a bulletin board of memories. Share in the joy of Bob's life and all the wonderful memories he left behind.
- Tim Harmon
Bob's calling will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Leppert Mortuary, 740 E. 86th St. Services follow at 10 a.m. the next day at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, which is on the northeast corner of 42nd Street and Central Avenue.