Category: Small Business

Dear Friend Who Doesn’t Sell Something

I know how you feel! You feel bombarded by every direct sales company out there: body wraps, lipstick, face cream, cleaning products, pretty nails, jewelry, food storage, etc…there is so much of it!  It feels as though you can’t scroll through Facebook anymore without the majority of your friends trying to sell you something, right?!  Well, you probably are right!  As someone who has been been in the direct sales business for almost 5 years now, here a few things we sellers want you to know and keep in mind!

The Letter

Dear Friend Who Doesn’t Sell Something, 

First, we totally respect you for not selling something, but we want your respect for choosing to do so.    

We totally understand if you don’t want to support us by purchasing something we sell, but it would mean the world to us if you would support us by listening to us or asking us about our product!  The little things matters and just knowing we have your support (with or without buying) us and our business is what we want!  If you hear someone mention a product we sell, it would be awesome if you would mention our name!  Send people our way!  That is a huge support and encouragement to us! 

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Friday in Franklin County: Active Family Chiropractic – Sheffield

It’s been awhile, I know since we had a new Friday in Franklin County, but I’m super excited to introduce you to Active Family Chiropractic in Sheffield!  I didn’t grow up receiving chiropractic care, but after popping a rib head out several years ago and working with Dr. Hickman in Hampton and a massage therapist, I’m a firm believer now!

In the years since I’ve been to several doctors including Dr. Hickman and Dr. Claussen, who used to have an office in

Active Family
Dr. Trenary’s office in Sheffield

Sheffield.  When Dr. Patrick Trenary opened his chiropractic clinic after Dr. Claussen closed hers, I was hesitant to try anyone new again!  But, now after visiting this unassuming office on mainstreet in Sheffield and having access to a clinic just a half block from my office, which held great appeal, I haven’t looked back!

Dr. Patrick Trenary was an aircraft mechanic in the Marine Corps before he was a chiropractor.  When he left his military life, he knew he didn’t want to pursue that career any longer and a longtime friend of his was going to chiropractor school.  After spending time talking with his friend, it felt like a natural fit to him.  Dr. Trenary says, “When you address issues with the frame, function will return.  When the function returns, the issues that you were having, ie: pain and discomfort, will go away.”  And boy is he right!

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Friday in Franklin County: Carol’s Flowerbox

Friday in Franklin

When my husband and I got married five years ago, there was no question where our flowers would come from…it would be from Carol’s Flower Box in Hampton!  Owner Carol Schnabel has been in business since purchasing the business from the previous owner in the summer of 2010.  Since then, she’s made it her own and even moved locations.

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So, what is Carol’s Flower Box?  It is a full-service floral shop which includes fresh cut flowers, silk flowers, funeral items (stones, wind chimes, candles, angels, and more).  Carol will create a custom cemetery saddle or containers as well as delivering them to the cemetery for you.  In her store, she also carries numerous gift items such as jewelry, scarves, wine, candy bouquets, balloons and more!  She also provides delivery to all of Franklin County as well as extended areas!  And if all of that isn’t enough, she also offers Teleflora service for out of town and out of state orders!

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Friday in Franklin County: Koerner Whipple & Fireside Gifts

Friday in Franklin

Fireside Gifts is located within Koerner Whipple Pharmacy!  And, Koerner Whipple Pharmacy has been a business on main street in Hampton as long as I can remember.  Originally, Koerner Drug opened in the late 1950’s and then Bruce joined in 1974 to make it Koerner Whipple Pharmacy!  They are both a fantastic asset to our community!

Koerner Whipple Pharmacy can meet all your health and beauty needs, along with your sweet tooth!
Koerner Whipple Pharmacy can meet all your health and beauty needs, along with your sweet tooth!

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Friday in Franklin County: The Wood Cellar

Friday in Franklin

I have a confession to make! I’m addicted! I’m addicted to the decor from The Wood Cellar in Hampton! It’s the truth, my husband is pretty positive that I own stock in their business, and I always ask for gift certificates to the store (or the Orange Possum) for gifts! Whew, I feel better admitting that outloud! 😉

History of The Wood Cellar

The Wood Cellar is a main street staple in Hampton.  November of 1990 is when Guyla Pohlman and her husband opened their doors!  Originally they were vendors at craft shows with their handmade furniture and people were constantly asking them if they had a shop!  Well, that is the beginning and 26 years later…the rest is history!

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The Do’s & Dont’s of Social Media And Business

Social Media and business is ever changing, developing, and advancing! It can be hard to keep up, know the right from wrong, AND run your actual business all at once. So, I have developed this short list of some simple Do’s and Dont’s for business owners where social media is concerned!  Without further adieu….

DO Be Consistent – almost all social media platforms use algorithms to decide what content to place in front of it’s users.  Because of this, it’s more important to be consistent with your posting!  At a minimum, one post a day for Facebook and 3-4 for Twitter!  Instagram users, I would recommend 1-2 a day as well!  Being consistent and a posting frequently will help ensure that your followers see your content!

DON’T Post Personal Things – just as you need to keep your business off your personal profile, you need to keep your personal things off your business profile.  Posting personal things make you appear unprofessional and really, who wants to do business with someone who isn’t professional?  Keep personal and business separate!

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Friday in Franklin County: Rustic Brew

Friday in Franklin

A good coffee shop can sometimes be hard to find.  Thankfully, that isn’t the case in Franklin County because of the Rustic Brew!  I got to know the ladies there VERY well when I worked only a few doors down the street…probably too well, but I don’t regret it! 😉  However, I’ve known owners Kathy & Joel Heuer since I was in high school and love what they’ve done with this main street coffee shop!

After working in a law office for 24 years, Kathy felt it was time for a change.  She also knew how much Joel liked brewing beer, so it seemed natural to purchase the shop which was “Mary B’s” at the time and take it over and transform it into the Rustic Brew.  They decided to not only take over the coffee shop, but also add a microbrewery with Joel doing the brewing.  Opening in January of 2013, they now offer a variety of different items including specialty coffees, smoothies, beer, retail items, and delicious homemade foods!  They also have a room for parties and business meetings.  They host class reunions, baby and bridal showers and also do light catering.

Welcome to the Rustic Brew!
Welcome to the Rustic Brew!

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Friday in Franklin County: Chapin Station

Friday in Franklin

Have you ever found a treasure in the most unsuspecting place? Well, that’s exactly what Chapin Station is!  Tucked into the tiny town (actually unincorporated) of Chapin, you will find this unique shop!  Randy and Holly Coffee are the owners of this diamond in the rough in Franklin County!  So, what is it?  It’s a shop that offers a mix of vintage and new decor, rescued and repurposed furniture, antiques, primitives, chippy, rusty, galvanized, architectural, and industrial for your home!

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Friday in Franklin County: AmericInn of Hampton

Friday in Franklin

As you age you watch the community around you evolve and grow. Part of those observations for me is remembering when the AmericInn of Hampton was built. Now, it’s a staple in the community!

On July 3rd of 1998, the AmericInn of Hampton was opened by previous owners.  They saw a need in Hampton and jumped at the opportunity!  I remember, at the time, it was a huge deal that Hampton was getting a chain hotel that was locally owned.  Now, the hotel is owned by Bharat Patel who is very involved in the community and continues to keep the hotel updated!americinn 2

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Friday in Franklin County: Breadeaux Pizza

Friday in Franklin

You know those places that evoke emotions and memories?  Well, Breadeaux Pizza in Hampton (Franklin County) is one of those places for me!  In high school, Breadeaux was the place we all landed after basketball games, concerts, etc.  Whether it be for pizza, cheese sticks, or ice cream. it was our home away from home.  There was also the time period that I went though the baked pasta phase too…the cheese tortellini…YUM!  While Breadeaux itself has changed owners several times during it’s existence in Hampton…it’s been a staple now for over 20 years.  Now, owner Chris Nee epitomizes family business!

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Chris has always dreamed of have owning her own business and she wanted a place in Hampton that was family friendly and kids would be able to hang out.  Originally, she had wanted to purchase the old bowling alley in Hampton a put a restaurant there, but when she heard that previous owner, Lisa (see Pakoda’s Steakhouse) was interested in selling, she knew it would be simpler on her wallet and her time!  She opened Breadeaux under her ownership on July 5th, 2010.

Breadeaux is a clean, family friendly atmosphere that supports the entire community!
Breadeaux is a clean, family friendly atmosphere that supports the entire community!

So, what can you get to eat at Breadeaux Pizza?  Well, obviously an array of pizza, but you can also enjoy pasta, salad, potatoes, desserts (brownie bite and cinnamon sticks), and ice cream.  They also pride themselves on offering great customer service and they hope that when you leave you felt like you and your business mattered to them!  When I worked on main street in Hampton, I often grabbed lunch from Chris and the girls. It was never at normal lunch time, but they always took great care of me. I always have felt important and they always give special care to each customer!

Breadeaux Pizza and Blue Bunny Ice Cream is a great combo!
Breadeaux Pizza and Blue Bunny Ice Cream is a great combo!

What would surprise people about Breadeaux Pizza?  Chris says people are always surprised at the variety of options they offer.  They are also surprised at how good their crust (and pizza) really are!  It’s so good, that one of her daughter’s friends, who is from the upper-west side of New York City, says that aside from deep dish New York pizza…Breadeaux is her favorite!  She says that a lot of people drive from out of town because people like their pizza so much!

What is the most popular item on their menu?  She says it’s a tie between their boneless wings and the cheese sticks!  Oh, those cheese sticks are amazing!  The gals at work and I would split an order of them frequently!  You must also get a side of their homemade ranch dressing!  It’s delicious!

Chris says the best thing about owning a business in Hampton is the small-town feel of knowing a lot of their customers.  But, she also loves getting the opportunity get to know them well!  Some of their customers are like family.  They enjoy sitting down with them and visiting or eating with them if it’s their supper break!  They enjoy staying up to date on their lives!  Speaking from personal experience, everyone is so easy-going and friendly, it’s hard not to feel like you’ve known them forever!

She loves owning a business on main street in Hampton and within Franklin County because they get to participate in community events like the Wine Walk, Summerfest, and Grand Festival!

Make sure to follow them on Facebook to catch all their specials too!  I hope you’ll call and grab a pizza to go or stop in and visit with Chris and her crew!  I know you won’t be disappointed!  They are open seven days a week from 4-9PM and don’t forget to tell them Katy sent you!