Courtesy of Craiglow’s River Delivery
By Rachel Kiser
He’ll deliver anything—well, except babies. That is Jon Craiglow’s promise to customers. For more than a year, his business, Craiglow’s River Delivery, has provided delivery service to barge line crews in the areas from Chester to Cairo, Illinois. The company offers grocery and supply delivery as well as transportation services for crews to and from the boats, including midstream and dockside services. If crew members have hankerings for tobacco, fresh razors, or, as in one case, high definition stereo speakers, then Jon’s the guy to call.
“Our success has been favorable,” Jon says. “It takes a while to get started and established. We’ve developed a pretty consistent customer base.”
A nineteen-year veteran crew member and now captain for a major barge line, Jon saw a need for such a service after talking with crew members and noting nothing like this existed in the Cape Girardeau area. Plus, he wanted to offer a personal service from someone who actually works on the boats. The business has one boat, and Jon’s nephew Tyler and sister Laurel help Jon when he is on duty with the barge lines. The trio fulfills requests and delivers on a specific schedule; items are delivered usually twenty-four to thirty-six hours after orders have been placed, reminding crew members they are never far from home.