News — small business

Service you only get from small business!

Posted by Robin Abel on

With Small Business Saturday happening soon, I thought it would be nice to share some of great experiences I've had with small businesses over the past few years.  It's been an amazing journey owning a small business and it's really opened my eyes to their strengths especially when it comes to treating people with respect and going the extra mile.   Before we opened the store, there were 2 solid months of finding local people who had products to offer.  I went to farmers markets and craft shows as well as asking other businesses for suggestions.  One day I walked...

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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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Do you know what a pawpaw is?

Posted by Robin Abel on

Raise your hand if you know what a pawpaw is.  Most of you don't know whether it's something you eat, an animal, or a new app.  That's okay.  I won't tell all the other people who not only raised their hands but shouted "I do!"  (No joke.  They did.  I watched on them on their webcam...)   A pawpaw is a fruit that is surprisingly native to North America.  You'll probably never find it in the grocery store because they are very fragile and not easy to transport.  They have a taste and texture that's a cross between a banana...

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Waiting is so hard!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Waiting for anything is the worst!  Nobody likes it and as a society, we work hard to get rid of it.  Don't want to wait for dinner?  Fast food.  Want that new book now!?  Amazon Prime.  Hate waiting in the lines at Disney?  Fast pass.  The list goes on.     I'm not sure why we hate waiting so much.  I mean, I get it but in reality, you have to wait for almost everything.  Think about how excited you were when you earned a drivers license!  Have you gotten married and waited a crazy amount of time for that event?...

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Fear? What fear?!

Posted by Robin Abel on

If you've ever walked around town with me (it's a popular thing to do), you probably NEVER noticed that I don't walk on the grates.  My husband is actually the only person that knows I am totally afraid of grates - storm drains, air vents, big ones, little ones... all of them.     I was totally vindicated the other day when walking the dog.  We live in the middle of farm land and don't have those scary drains but when we walk in town or a housing plan, the evil things appear.  The other day, the dog and I walked...

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