10 Ways to Make This Thanksgiving the Best Ever

  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love gathering with family members and catching up with relatives I don’t get to see very often. I love the warm colors of the decorations and the delicious smells emanating from the kitchen. And the food? Well of course there’s the fabulous food. Any holiday […]

How to Avoid Mutiny This Holiday Weekend

Ever heard of the Mutiny on the Bounty? Sailors on the HS Bounty were tired of swabbing the decks and working long hours on a boring ship. So they mutinied, burned the ship and set up housekeeping in nearby Tahiti. We’re not talking here about mutiny on the high seas— we’re talking about mutinous store […]

Top 10 Signs You Didn’t Shop Local

Buying local on Black Friday weekend is a good idea for so many reasons: you’re helping local businesses, more of your money is staying in the community and you can find unique, distinctive gifts that will wow your family and friends. But sometimes, the call of those Big Box stores is just too tempting, and […]

Buy Local: Five Marketing Strategies

“Buy Local” may have once been a notion for trendsetters, but now it’s common practice for many consumers. Last holiday season saw huge growth in sales for independent retailers. Last year’s overall retail holiday sales were 4.1% higher than in 2010. But independent retailers saw a 6.7% increase.

Increase Holiday Sales with Shop Local Campaigns

On November 22nd, after the table has been cleared and the last of the pie has been eaten, families all over the country will sit down with the shopping ads and make a game plan for the biggest shopping event of the year: Black Friday weekend. This is a huge money-making weekend for large companies […]

Think Your Vote Doesn’t Matter? Think Again

  After months of hype, debates, endless press coverage and multitudes of snarky television, print and radio ads, it’s finally election day. Politics in our country seems to continue to get uglier and uglier and the widening gap between conservatives and liberals keeps getting bigger and bigger. All of which makes it difficult to escape […]

Election Signage for Local Races

  The election is tomorrow, so we can finally look forward to the end of the relentless election coverage on television, radio, in print and even on blogs (ahem. We might even be guilty of a little national election coverage ourselves). We KNOW Who’s Running For President: Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney! Four-year-old Abigael was […]

Top Signs Obama/Romney will Win the Election

  With the election only four days away, we thought that we would give all our readers a chance to support their favorite presidential candidate with a special edition of the weekly Top Signs. So, check out the Top Signs that Obama will win and the Top Signs Romney will win, choose your favorite and […]