News — Batch

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...

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Jam brings us together!

Posted by Robin Abel on

We hosted a few new friends for dinner the other week.  We don't know each other very well so I wasn't sure exactly what to make for dinner.  Breakfast seems to be a pretty safe bet.  The refrigerator was filled with bacon, sausage and eggs and I made biscuits.  Maybe someone would make a breakfast sandwich, maybe eat them all separately, who knows.  But those basic elements gave people a starting point.   The biscuits went out and we started grabbing jams to slather on them. Turns out, I have a ridiculous amount of jams and jellies in the refrigerator!...

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Just go with it!

Posted by Robin Abel on

It's funny watching people decide what they want.  With so many choices in our lives, somehow we second guess and over think what the "right" answer is.  With a store filled with a variety of items with numerous choices, I have a unique vantage point of watching the decision making process.  Bowl cozies with different fabric, handmade mugs with different designs from Robyn's Nest and 2 Pears Pottery, unique jelly from Batch and Jarred... the list goes one.  People come in, think about their kitchen, think about what they want, ask the person next to them, ask me... it's quite...

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Quick and Easy Holiday Entertaining

Posted by Robin Abel on

Holidays are crazy.  There's so much to do and everything has to be perfect... so we think.  Sometimes "perfection" doesn't need to be hand made but simply a way that you enjoy the holiday.  Someone just came into the store asking for a suggestion of where to order cookie trays.  She said, "I love cookies.  Hate to make them.  So I buy them."  Brilliant woman.  Certainly my lightbulb moment for the day. Entertaining, whether it be for your boss or simply your family (you can decided which is easier), is one more thing that makes us crazy.  Cooking can put people over the...

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Come sample our breakfast

Posted by Robin Abel on

People ask if I've owned a retail store before.  Nope.  Do you make any of the food in your store?  Nope.  Did your previous career move you into this direction?  Ah, not so much.  Yes, it is a mystery why this former children's ministry/women's ministry/leadership trainer turned local product store owner. Let me solve the puzzle for you. I never had any intention of working for churches.  Before that, I was actually an event planner with a marketing background.  Yes, I have worked in retail stores for years which is how I paid for gas and food for a while.  But I...

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