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Trick or Treat insights

Posted by Robin Abel on

How do you celebrate Halloween?  Is it your favorite holiday or your worst?  Do your kids love it or are they on the phasing out age?  Did you learning anything this year from the holiday? ;)    Our kids still, for the most part, have fun picking costumes and going out for Trick or Treat.  The week before the holiday is filled with costume changes, questions on where we go candy hunting, who is going with whom...  This year, I walked around with just one of my kids which was a first since usually we have at least 2 with...

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Yeah Zelie!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Small towns across this great country are all in motion whether they realize it or not.  They have to decide if they want to move forward, how exactly to move forward, and whether forward is good or staying put (ultimately moving backwards) is their desired direction.  It is a hard dynamic to balance, difficult to discern which way is best, and what will ultimately be the outcome.     In the few months we've been part of the Zelienople business community, I've seen leadership from many areas continue to push people to move forward.  Our streets have been torn up so lines...

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Food bringing people together

Posted by Robin Abel on

Food is really amazing.  It fuels our body, tastes great (well, my kids aren't really sold on a bunch of vegetables but they're still young?), and it has the ability to bring us together.  We use it to celebrate major holidays like Thanksgiving, celebrate milestones like birthdays, and gather neighbors for summer block parties.     Recently my parents meet my mother's siblings to celebrate a milestone birthday for my grandfather.  Living in different time zones, they don't get together much but when they do there are stories told of the event.  Mostly about the food my aunt makes.  She...

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Our new community

Posted by Robin Abel on

Sometimes things don't end up the way you planned.  Sometimes it's better.

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A new year and new beginnings

Posted by Robin Abel on

I’m not one to get hyped up for New Years.  No staying up, no resolutions, no excitement.  But this new year is pretty big for Penn Pantry because we’re moving the store to Zelienople.  BIG STUFF and lots of reasons to be excited about the new year!  When we first started talking about it in October, my husband called me out a bit on the moving idea.  He said “Let’s make sure this is the right decision and not your desire to make a major change just because you can.”  I gave him my best shocked face, but knew he...

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