Friday, November 25, 2016

Happening November 26th - Are you ready for Small Business Saturday?

I don't always fall into the hype and buzz surrounding mainstream promotions or events. Preferring to do my own thing and following causes that seem important has meant that I generally find myself swimming upstream, against the current, in a storm of epic proportions. I didn't set out to be this way, but growing up in a rural and limited environment with few stores and shopping choices I developed a love of familiar, independent, local businesses. And then I married, and moved, and for the first time found myself surrounded by big box stores and an endless array of options and places. It was exciting and new and these stores is where everyone went and so i followed.....but it never really caught on to me. I hated huge malls and enormous all-under-one-roof kind of warehouse, and it was a relief when several years later we relocated and were again in a smaller town where people knew one another and loved their local businesses. I was home again.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Locally-owned Pet Supply Store vs Petco, Part II

Indie vs. Petco, part III...I know! (But I'm making a point here, one that began in this post)

Although I've been a loyal customer for years, buying dog food and supplies at the locally-owned shop, I rarely need to buy crates or larger items. This time, with the unexpected arrival of the dog, I needed lots of stuff. With the other half wailing in the background about Amazon being cheaper (but not available immediately of course - and besides I'm one that needs to look and see rather then just click Buy Now), I headed to my locally-owned pet supply store. Petco, less than 2 miles away, probably offered multiple styles, sizes and price points for the kennel I was hoping to get, and I was a little worried I may not find the exact one I needed at the indie shop. But as I passed the Petco on my way, here's what was running through my mind....

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"A Local Thanksgiving" | Let's Support Small Businesses

Plan ahead to support local businesses for the holidays.

Actions speak louder. Show that you are committed to independent businesses this holiday season.