Extra Fee to Put Your Order In?

So I was flipping through a website last night and came across this ridiculousness. I mean, coming from that backend of business I can understand why some charges are implemented. Even though in the past I didn't really understand them. Restocking fees for example, it takes an employee time to pull items off a shelf, and get them ready to be shipped or picked up. That employee costs the business money to do that, in which they could be doing something else. If those need to be put bac...
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Thanks to Everyone that Used the Free Shipping Code

Thanks to everyone that used the Free Shipping code this past month that we added to our newsletter. It may sound odd to thank you for using an option that costs US more money 😉. But we have a couple reasons why we appreciate this. A. We want to build our email list, because some people don't come on FB often, some don't see all our posts and we don't want all our eggs in one basket (especially at times when we know accessing social media has been an issue). B. We know shipping cos...
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Local Businesses are Struggling More Than Ever

A couple years ago were coming across the border from Montana to Alberta and the roads were atrocious. Honestly I’ve never driven in conditions this bad, it was a complete white out, cars in the ditch, accidents, etc. We were going so slow we could have been sitting still but you couldn’t stop because the people behind wouldn’t see us. You couldn’t pull over, because it was too easy to drive in the ditch. We finally made it to the border, checked in to this little motel, and somehow foun...
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Our supporting local Christmas packages are up!

Our supporting local Christmas packages are up! We thought it might be nice to reach out to some local businesses to see if they wanted to participate and this is what we came back with. Christmas can be a challenging time for small businesses. And we know many people look elsewhere when purchasing. Sometimes we don't even know what products are in our own communities. So we thought, why not make it more convenient and put together some packages from those businesses right in our own bac...
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I Hope you Consider Local

As more and more people talk about buying early Christmas presents. I hope you consider local. We have friends, neighbors, family members and people in our own communities doing everything they can to feed their families and put food on the table. I hope you consider them before buying at the cheapest item you can find at the closest box store. Knowing full well those products are produced in a land far away made by people you’ll never meet, filing they pockets of people that will nev...
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Karma and the Rise of Small Business

https://youtu.be/Wq0cBwlpsK8 This isn't going to sound nice, but I don't feel bad. Sure there are employees that will take a hit but these billion dollar companies will feel it the most, and if they have any integrity they'll properly compensate their employees even while they struggle. And I hope they do, some of them get government subsidies, tax breaks on land and breaks on import fees. Of course when ordering in mass bulk many of their products are purchased for pennies & sold f...
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Clara Belle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_LGD-xiiHM It was an absolute honour and privilege to have the opportunity to interview Clara Belle. After over 5 years on air with Exploring Mind and Body, and the handful of Supporting Local video interviews I’ve done, Clare Bella is easily one of the most interesting guests I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing. At 94 years old, Clara Belle has stories we don’t hear any more. A perspective that needs to be cherished and not forgotten about. Her name is as be...
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100 Boxes for 100 Local Families

100 boxes for 100 local families
https://youtu.be/DKfrq_KYHMM I’ve decided that I’d like to do something this year for those in need. I’ve wanted to do this for awhile now but never took the initiative. It seems like more than ever local families are in need. I also understand food banks could use our help more than ever. I know there are so many organizations out there that are doing incredible things. Organizations I could help out, in fact, when I tell people what I’d like to do, many say, ‘why don’t you help _____...
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Graphite Glitter

https://youtu.be/Lmsb-ZbDKsw We've got another supporting local video coming at you with Kristin Whitlow from Graphite Glitter. The reason I put these videos together is because more than ever I believe we need to come together and support those in our communities. We need to raise awareness, share the word and support our neighbours, friends and family that are trying to make a living doing what they love. In this short video Kristin talks about the importance of supporting local to her, ...
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Shirley’s Greenhouse

For this edition of Supporting Local, this video interview is about Shirley's Greenhouse. Now as you'll soon find out Dawn Buschert isn't Shirley from 'Shirley's Greenhouse, but you'll quickly hear how she doesn't correct those that call her Shirley. https://youtu.be/iHvgTR5e4PU Shirley is her mother who started Shirley's Greenhouse before Dawn and her family took over. In this video interview Dawn will talk about the importance of supporting local, she'll talk about the importance of 'goo...
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