Happy Saturday morning to you all. It’s Small Business Saturday! If you watched the local or national news, you probably don’t know that. If you glanced at the front page of any of the local newspapers, you don’t know it’s Small Business Saturday either. All the lead ins for the morning shows featured Black Friday, pictures of thousands of people shopping and spending lots of money. Some of the pictures are downright embarrassing – people fighting over toasters and televisions. The sad thing is yesterday’s news featured Black Friday too, the day before? Black Friday. Heck, that’s all we’ve heard about on the television, radio and newspapers for the past week.
I haven’t seen one news report today filmed from a local business. No coverage of the crowds heading to the locally-owned small businesses. I guarantee the morning shows tomorrow aren’t going to show one single small business either. The owners of small businesses depend on the holiday season to help out their sales. They work twice as hard preparing, in many cases all by themselves or with help from family and friends. These are your friends and neighbors, the people in line with you at the grocery, the family down the church pew from you on Sunday morning. Ones that are working too hard on Black Friday to even take the day off. Sad, isn’t it?
We spent Black Friday traveling around to visit our family of advertisers. Yes, they are all like family to us. We got hugs everywhere we went, we got pictures with business owners – even the ones that really didn’t want their picture taken. And we talked business with them. You see, most didn’t have customers. There were no long lines waiting to get in when they opened. No news crews covering the day anywhere. So they had time to talk a bit. Sure, it was great for us. We love catching up with our advertisers whenever we can. But, I would have loved it more if they had all been too busy to talk!
We started out our adventure the usual way – filling up the gas tank. At least gas prices aren’t that outrageous……
Filling up for our big adventure….
After filling up, we headed ‘cross country’ over to Kingston. We have a great advertiser over there – Dollar Value Plus. I was bummed to walk in and see we had missed Wanda by less than 15 minutes! I just love Wanda and hate it when I miss her. She has an awesome little store and I have such fun in there. Of course, I usually leave with either fabric or yarn. We did get some fabric and Debbie was gracious enough to let us get a picture of her hard at work!
Dollar Value Plus employee Debbie measuring out some fabric
Our next stop took us to the Olde Homestead in Richmond. I could spend hours inside that little store! Debbie has a great selection of primitive items, curtains, paints, holiday decor. Alot of items are hand-made and who doesn’t love a homemade gift. We then headed out to the Bypass to do some visiting with Danny Conrad at $9995 or Less. I got to catch up with Bobby Snowden while Dave and Danny talked cars……
Olde Homestead in Richmond
Danny Conrad & the Dave Person
Our next stop was Faye Prewitt’s DuraBuilt Buildings. We missed Faye, she must have been out delivering a building. But we got a picture just the same…..
Prewitt’s DuraBuilt Buildings
Continuing on, we had to stop by Studio J Salon and Spa on the other side of the interstate. They are a new business that moved in right next to Hangar’s Restaurant. There were a couple of ladies in there choosing to be pampered on Black Friday – that’s my idea of a fun day! You should really check out this new business, it’s absolutely gorgeous inside and they even have a little gift shop for special little gifts for the lady in your life.
Studio J Salon and Spa
Heading north we stopped by The Country Place to say hi to Mike and Bob. We sure love visiting with them! They were having refreshments and an open house, but we managed to get them to pose for a picture with me. If you’ve never been to the Country Place, make sure to check them out. Some absolutely gorgeous antiques, pictures and decorating items.
The Country Place
I had a bit of a chuckle moment as we headed north. Dave kept telling me we had to cross the interstate a couple of times and get over the Clay’s Ferry Bridge to get to Winchester. I just kept grinning as he told me I would have to wipe that grin off my face when he was right. Since I’m writing about this, you can assume correctly that I was right!!! My grin didn’t have to get ‘wiped off my face.” But, it made my day to hear The Dave Person tell me “why, you are right.” We journeyed on over to Winchester via Boonesborough Road. Our first stop was Full Circle Market. Laura and her helper were decorating for Shop Small. I got a kick out of her comment, “we don’t decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving.” Yay for Laura!!! Of course, I can’t get out of Full Circle Market without buying something, never can. You really should give them a visit, they are located up behind Kroger.
Laura Sheehan, owner of Full Circle Market
Next we headed over to Batteries Unlimited on West Lexington Avenue. It’s always such a blessing to visit with Joyce and her husband when we go in there. Equally nice this time was their comment about their advertising. They told us that their ad with us has brought them their only result with their advertising money. Even a television commercial didn’t give them the business that their ad with us does. They’ve had customers clear from Eastern Kentucky and the coal mines down in Southeast Kentucky. Now, that’s the way to make my day. And they do have a great selection of batteries, chargers, LED lights and more.
Our next stop was with Miss Kitty. Yes, Kitty Faulkner from Unique Creations, I love visiting with her. Sometimes I’ve been known to spend a good hour in there just catching up with what’s been going on. Unique Creations has such a selection of items. From a wall full of I-Phone Covers to some of the most beautiful wreaths I’ve seen this year, there is just a bit of everything. Potato Bakers, Grapevine trees, jewelry, candles, clothing, just so much! I got this picture of Kitty with Dave before heading over to say hello to Melissa next door. She is the Fairy Bow Mother. Our dear granddaughter Jocelyn has many of her creations. If you don’t see what you want, just ask. Chances are Melissa can make it for you.
Kitty Faulkner at Unique Creations
The Fairy Bow Mother standing next to one of her bow trees.
We headed for downtown Winchester. Isn’t downtown Winchester just the cutest downtown area. They take such care with their decorations, a beautiful tree stands outside the courthouse, banners hang from the light posts. I could spend an entire day just wandering down the street and visiting all the little shops. I got to go in and meet Kim from the Winchester Flea Market. She is one of those advertisers that I only know through email. I have several of those. Kim was in the middle of painting and decorating for Small Business Saturday and she really didn’t want her picture taken. But it was sure nice meeting her and I wish her all the best today. I got this picture of the front of the store. You can’t say she isn’t trying to get customers in……
Winchester Flea Market
On down the street is Greg Yates and Major Dad’s Military Surplus. Since I have a special spot in my heart for the military, I always enjoy going in there. I appreciate what Mr. Yates did for his country – and continues to do by promoting and offering items military related. He’s a true hero and I love it when he shares other heroes that have visited his store. They actually had a couple of customers so I didn’t get to chat with Greg, but I did get this picture. Stop in sometime and tell him All Things Country sent you. He’s located on Main Street almost directly across from the Leed’s Center for the Arts.
Major Dad’s Military Surplus
Next we headed East towards Mount Sterling. We don’t have many advertisers from there, but we’re working on that! I love the little downtown area of Mount Sterling too. Unfortunately the only crowded spots there yesterday was WalMart. We commented that the one day sales total at WalMart yesterday probably exceeded our annual income. Probably several times over to be realistic. He continued on to Country Roads, a little antique shop on US 60 heading towards Main Street. Gary and his partner have lots of items, not just antiques. Candles, Christmas decor, wreaths. Even though I couldn’t get a smile, I did managed to get a picture……
Country Roads in Mount Sterling
Our last stop was Camargo Pharmacy. We were beginning to run out of time and by the time we got to Camargo Pharmacy, they had closed for the day. But, I still got a picture. If you need scrubs, you seriously need to check this place out. I do alot of traveling and not one place I visit has as big a selection of scrubs as Camargo Pharmacy. Check them out sometime and tell them we sent you….
Needless to say, by this time we were getting a bit hungry. And we surely didn’t want to cook once we got home. What’s the next best thing? Kentucky Hot Browns from Kathy’s Country Kitchen in Clay City. We were headed that direction anyway. Sure, we could have just drove through somewhere in Mount Sterling and saved some money. But I can’t hardly pass up a Kentucky Hot Brown. So, that direction we headed. Of course before we got there, we noticed that Clay City Pottery was still open, so we stopped in there for a visit with Ruby and Elihue. I could spend hours visiting with them. They hadn’t had any business either. Everyone flew by headed for WalMart in Mount Sterling I guess. I picked out a few more items for my wish list while I was there. She has some amazing yarn bowls!!!
Ruby Means and myself at Clay City Pottery, Gifts and Collectibles.
Before heading into Kathy’s, I had to take a peek in Country Corner. She had customers so I wasn’t able to say hello to the owner. But I got an idea for a couple of Christmas gifts while I was there, so it was all good!
Kentucky Hot Brown at Kathy’s Country Kitchen
That Hot Brown was the end to our adventure on Black Friday. You can see that we really do consider our advertisers family. They all are! And it’s our pleasure to promote their businesses in all that we do. We are off to visit as many as we can today too. Yes, pictures will be taken – but hopefully all of the business owners are too busy to talk to us. We’ll give you our final thoughts on it all when we get home tonight.
Have a great Saturday – and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE visit a locally owned business today. Give them some of your business. Spend your holiday money with them too!