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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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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.  ...

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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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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...

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Big goal for a new year!

Posted by Robin Abel on

We didn't start this business to build an empire.  I mean, who really wants millions from a wildly successful company?! ;) We started by asking"How can we be part of our community?" We started brainstorming what kind of business or store or organization was needed, was different, and might be a unique addition to the community. Supporting local people seemed to be the best fit so we went from there.   From a business perspective, how do you make business decisions and have solid business goals when you plan hinges on "connecting" people?  It's been a struggle for me to...

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