While Beckett believes Groundcover can survive without her, others are less certain. One vendor slumped in a chair after a recent meeting, tired after hours of standing in the cold, scratches his head when asked if he could envision Groundcover under new management. "Groundcover without Susan?" he says. "I can't seem to wrap my arms around that."
This followup appeared in the June 2013 Ann Arbor Observer:
"I've been getting several calls and emails each day from people who are upset and worried," Susan Beckett emailed after our article on Groundcover News appeared in May. "Can you clarify that my passing the torch is a long-term plan and that it is starting this year with the hiring of some part-time employees?"