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First Day - Done!

Posted by Robin Abel on

I am exhausted!  We had plans of a soft open early as last week... it just didn't happen.  There was always just too much to do and not quite enough time to get it done.  Today was the first full day open for business and I'm ready for bed... before 8 PM.  But with the Grand Opening tomorrow, there are plenty of things left to do like make samples and fix more register issues. But I'm sitting here on the front porch and it's a beautiful night.  The sun is just starting to fall above the trees and there is...

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Pittsburgh Glass Center Visit

Posted by Robin Abel on

If you ever have the opportunity to see glass objects being born, take it!  Jon Sirockman, one of the artisans with products at Penn Pantry, invited me to see him and other glass artists work at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.  It was a fascinating afternoon. While I assumed this would be a small operation, it was quite a surprise to see the size of the Pittsburgh Glass Center.  I was welcomed and invited upstairs to watch the glass artists work.  There were at least 10 of the them working together to create amazing objects. The artists began by gathering glass and...

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Why buy local food?

Posted by Robin Abel on

I'm not a big soda drinker.  Orange soda (Orange Crush during football season) and root beer with pizza are my jam.  So when I discovered a local soda maker, I was super excited for some odd reason.  We set up a meeting to talk about the products, test some flavors, and determine if they were a good product match for the store.  The sales rep started giving me samples and I was amazed how good it was.  Me!  Not a big soda fan... thinking this stuff was great.  I brought an open bottle home to my kids, sat it on the...

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How's It Going?

Posted by Robin Abel on

What an incredible journey this has been over the last few months!  If you had told me last year this is what I'd be doing, I would never had believed you.  What started as a late night conversation of "What kind of a business do you think would be great in Harmony?" turned into "Oh my goodness!  We're really going to do this?!"  Thanks so much to everyone!  There has not been a single person who told me (to my face) that we were crazy.  There has been so much excitement with people I know and with perfect strangers that...

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We're Testing Cookies!

Posted by Robin Abel on

I want to make sure everything in Penn Pantry is worth spending money on and that anyone working in the store can give you friendly product tips.  Because of this, my family and friends have taken on the hard task of testing everything!  Every pancake mix (my son could live on waffles), every bag of pretzels, every snack mix, every pasta sauce... everything!  (I take my job very seriously.)  A friend of mine is a baker and I asked if she could create cookie mixes for the store.  So she dropped them off the other day and we talked about...

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