I had a “guest blogger” all planned out and was hoping she would carve enough time out of her day to make her post, but no such luck. She is TOO busy, so I am doing my regular thing, and hopefully you will get to meet her in the next day or so. :) there, I blogged it, so now she HAS to do it. Right?? (any guesses??)
So…that brings me to what I want to blog about tonight. I tossed and turned last night in bed, and my thoughts went to what I will post next.
Do you know how many stores in my hometown that I have either NEVER been inside, or been inside VERY rarely? many more than I would like to admit. I go to the same grocery store, the same drug store, the same restaurants and the same gift shops. I also get my gasoline at the same gas station. Over and over and over. This is good. Loyalty is good. BUT…..I am challenging myself and all my blog readers as well, to step OUT of your normal routine and visit a DIFFERENT store this week. I have in mind where I am going to go, but I also want to hear YOURS. How many times have I been to a farm supply store? or the little convenience store that is NOT on my “end of town” ? not very many. I may be pleasantly surprised what is in those places, or the people I find that work there.
And sometimes, just sometimes, if you look hard and find a little undiscovered place, one that is not the HOT SPOT in town, they will be pleasantly surprised to see a new face. They appreciate the foot traffic, even if you are just there to browse around. It feels good as a store owner to see new faces. I hope you (and I ) are pleased with the welcome we receive. Just for the fun of it, let everyone here know where you chose to go, and how you were treated. With open arms and a great big smile?? or were you “ignored” because you were not familiar to them. I am SO hoping to hear good reports, but regardless, it will be interesting.
Regardless if you are from a large metropolitan area, or the most quaint rural area, I know there is SOMEWHERE that you hardly ever visit. Please go there this week.
Try it out. I plan to.