Friday, September 26, 2014

Not Everything can be Bought Online - but would we WANT that?

I recently came across this discussion about hobby shops and model trains. Granted, that probably a fairly small niche which may be struggling to remain on it's feet - let's face it, when was the last time you saw an average kid who was into train layouts and building model villages and actually not looking at their phone? Yeah, I know....I almost hate that I just typed that because it disturbs me, deep down in a sad sort of way. I don't often want to hear the word "progress" because it almost implies that it's okay that we don't encourage this type of thing anymore, and that walking around like mini robots staring at a screen is the new normal. I'm not even 50 and I hate what I'm seeing.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What is an Independent Business Owner?

What IS an independent business owner?

Those who operate your favorite places, hometown favorites and local icons all over the country - are more than just faceless people. We ARE the heart and soul of your community; we donate for your Little League fundraisers, support benefit events for neighbors, open up upon request because you forgot dessert and desperately need one before heading to a family gathering. Fliers for events, fire department car washes, and lost pets are always on display in the windows because we have no "corporate policy" banning such things.