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Eating LOCAL all winter long

Posted by Robin Abel on

When you think of eating local, a farmers market comes to mind and all their fresh, colorful vegetables. With winters freezing temperatures and people in hibernation mode, it's easy to forget how many great items are available no matter what season we're experiencing.   Before super markets became a way of life, people had gardens.  They visited local store, such as the butcher, the baker, perhaps a candlestick maker (now you can't remember where comes from!) to gather staples for their homes.  They used the growing season to eat delicious, fresh food as well as can these items to eat all...

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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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Looking back at 2018

Posted by Robin Abel on

'Tis the season for lists and reflecting and all things looking back.  As we hit the final stretch of 2018, it's a good time to intentionally stop, slow down, and remember what this year held.   During the early part of the year, we were making final preparations to move the store.  Do you know how hard it is to pack when customers are still shopping?  I'm ashamed to share what a disaster my packing was and thank goodness for patient in-laws who came to pack and transport and paint and sit around doing nothing when the timeline collapsed.  We did...

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Patience Please!

Posted by Robin Abel on

There was some extra time in my schedule one morning so I decided get coffee and a few other things at a local eatery.  When I walked in, there there 3 people in front of me.  The first two were asking lots of questions so I assumed we were backed up because of the length of their ordering.  As we slowly moved along the line, I started to wonder if the cashier was new and that was the issue with how long it was taking.  By the time I placed my order, there were 6 people behind me and things were not...

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Are we customers or Very Important People?

Posted by Robin Abel on

"I'll move a stool over for you," said Kelly of Eva Bryn Shoetique.  While I didn't understand at the time why she said it, later it made so much sense and I was so surprised her thoughtfulness.   Let me back up.  I have no fashion sense.  Well, fashionable fashion sense.  It has always been a struggle to figure out what I feel comfortable in and still look like I didn't just put on the pair of jeans that I wore yesterday.  One morning I put on my new blackish, grayish cardigan and immediately had a shoe emergency.  (I really don't like shoes... don't...

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