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Fed Up With The Mall

27 Nov

ditchthemallAlright readers, I am embarrassed to tell you I recently drove an hour to go shopping at the mall when I should have just stayed home and shopped at the small businesses here. Even though I talk about shopping small on the blog and all the time in my day job at the chamber of commerce, a few big stores still drew me in with the freebie money they sent me for my birthday month. Now, I have a really difficult time letting free money go to waste, but my trip was not worth it. The whole mall experience actually made me a little angry. Continue reading


A Love Note To Small Businesses

21 Nov

Thank you to all of you who read and shared my last post, 25 Signs You Grew Up In A Small Town. I am truly astonished by the response it has gotten and I hope you will find future posts equally as compelling. It is obvious that so many of you have a special place in your heart for small towns like I do and I have plenty of small town topics planned for future posts. But today’s post shares my love of small businesses, which are truly the backbone of each of our towns. Enjoy!

A Love Letter To Small Businesses via The Small Stuff Counts Blog

Dear small business owner,

I have a confession to make: I admire you.

I admire your passion for what you do. That passion fuels everything around you.

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My Challenge To You

7 Nov


My co-workers and I have challenged each other to buy 100% of our holiday gifts locally this year. I am certain I came very close last year, but this year I am going to actually track it and report back to you with a detailed list of all my fabulous findings after Christmas. One thing that is wonderful about small towns is that their downtowns are usually full of gift shops. So finding a gift for everyone on my list, whether pretty or practical, should be a breeze. Now you might be reading this thinking that the challenge of shopping local sounds logical for employees of a chamber of commerce. And you are right. But it is also a logical goal for you, no matter who you work for, how much money you make, how busy you are, or where you live.

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Eating Together

4 Nov


David and I love eating at restaurants, and there are so many in our small town that it is convenient for us to walk down the street to one (well, convenient for us since we dislike cooking, but not as convenient for our budget). We chose one of our favorite restaurants Friday night. When we sat down at our table, I realized it was an experience that people living in larger cities would probably never know.

When we walked in, the hostess greeted us by name and I knew at least one person at nearly every table.

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