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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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Grateful is the word of the day

Posted by Robin Abel on

1 year anniversary.  What a milestone!  When we opened our blue door last year, we had no idea what we were doing.  We had no idea of the struggles and the successes and the problems and excitement this journey would hold.  At the end of this first year, the word that keeps coming into my head is "grateful."  Not success, not life changing, not surprising but grateful. I'm grateful for the opportunity - Not everyone gets to open their own business.  Thankfully, we were in the season of life that when we had this crazy idea, it could be realized. I'm grateful for amazing...

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Can we be real?

Posted by Robin Abel on

Is being "real" important to you?  How desirable is it in our culture?  The other day I had a brief meltdown.  Inventory control and cash flow are hard to manage in any retail establishment.   Big companies pay good money for lots of people to manage all of this because no matter how great of a product you have, bad inventory control and cash flow can take anyone down.  Established companies have charts and history and brilliance to make educated guesses where I have none of this. Wallowing in my momentary panic (let's make a mountain out of a molehill) I backed up and...

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