News — adventure

Loose Leaf tea is becoming a new favorite

Posted by Robin Abel on

I'm not much of a hot beverage person.  It might be a consistency issue, or a temperature one, or I'm just crazy.  Any answer will be acceptable.  But lately it's been growing on me because I've found better products taste so much better (shocking, I know!).   We work with two coffee supplies, both whom are wonderful!  Last year when I was picking up an order at Allegheny Coffee and Tea, the owner suggested we bring in a mix your own loose leaf tea section to Penn Pantry.  He said it's a fun thing for customers and since we're small...

Read more →

Put the pretty things on top!

Posted by Robin Abel on

It's been a honor to meet and develop relationships with other small business owners.  When you understand there is a story behind every business and people are there not simply to have a job but build something special, you tend to slow down and see these owners has humans.  You ask questions, you have conversations rather than transactions, and they tend to become part of your journey even in the smallest of ways.   One of these owners is Ann, who created The Holistic Pet Nutrition Center in Harmony.   Through the last few years of dog ownership, I've had many conversations...

Read more →

Story behind the video shoot

Posted by Robin Abel on

A few months ago, I got a Facebook message from Fred Solman. "Want to do a video with me?"  I'm up for just about anything so I said sure.  Then I thought about it... perhaps I should have asked Fred what kind of video we were making.  Now, I know Fred so it's not like I answered some stranger asking me to be in a video but I'm not sure what I just committed to. He got back to me.  "We're going inside the Kaufman House."  No way!!!  I'm totally in now!!!   Let's back up and explain the players.  ...

Read more →

Be encouraging this winter

Posted by Robin Abel on

A friend of mine posted on Facebook the other day how important encouragement is.  I sent her a quick text on how wonderful she is and how grateful I am for her friendship.  She responded with telling me how great I was too.  The little love fest when on for a bit and what struck me was the words she used to describe me were not ones I would have chosen.  Where as I see my failures and shortcomings, she sees my strengths, she watches what I accomplish in amazement and she is always encouraging.     Isn't it funny...

Read more →

Looking back at 2018

Posted by Robin Abel on

'Tis the season for lists and reflecting and all things looking back.  As we hit the final stretch of 2018, it's a good time to intentionally stop, slow down, and remember what this year held.   During the early part of the year, we were making final preparations to move the store.  Do you know how hard it is to pack when customers are still shopping?  I'm ashamed to share what a disaster my packing was and thank goodness for patient in-laws who came to pack and transport and paint and sit around doing nothing when the timeline collapsed.  We did...

Read more →