WEEK #3 JANUARY 17th, 2022

Dear Customers, We’re halfway through January already, which means only 19 more weeks still Memorial Day!  That’s a bit optimistic, even for me! The truth is we have quite a bit of Winter to slog through and most of the Spring as well before we reach that milestone. Instead, we’re hunkering down and making ourselves…

WEEK #2 JANUARY 10th, 2022

Dear Customers, As we venture into the New Year, there are literally no breaks of a holiday type until Easter.  That is unless you count Valentine’s Day and/or St. Patrick’s Day.  And I don’t count them because they’re not holidays that are generally embraced by the majority of people.  If you have a sweetheart, you…

WEEK #1 JANUARY 3, 2022

Dear Customers, Reboot, restart, “proceed past Go, do not collect $200”. . . these are just some of the ways to say the same thing.  It’s 2022 and when the new year rolls around we are faced with beginning all over again.  The difference between 12/31/21 and 1/1/22 is negligible. The days look the same,…

WEEK #52 DEC 27th

Dear Customers, This New Year’s Eve won’t be my first, and with God’s grace, it won’t be my last.  But there’s something about every one of them that fills me with mixed emotions.  On the one hand, there’s nostalgia in saying goodbye to the year that’s ending, no matter how it played out.  I will…

WEEK #51 DECEMBER 20th – 26th

Dear Customers, If I were about 60 years younger, right about now I’d be on full Christmas alert!  I’d be so excited I’d be virtually vibrating.  And why wouldn’t I?  The houses in the neighborhood were decked out in their illuminated finery and the Main Street business section was aglow with lights strung across the…

WEEK #50, DECEMBER 13, 2021

Dear Customers, The whirlwind that is December continues!  The entire month reminds me of one of those swirling wind currents that can exist any time of the year.  In the summer they feature dust and the errant leaf while from now through March they most likely will include a smattering of snow.  With everything there…

WEEK #49 DECEMBER 6th

Dear Customers, All that work our manager’s put in back in August and September, attending food shows and filling out on-line ordering forms is about to pay off!  Arriving on almost every warehouse truck we receive are shippers and display pieces featuring new items, seasonal items and items that feature tremendous deal pricing.  Many will…

WEEK #48 NOVEMBER 29th

Dear Customers, The saying that “one should not shoot (or kill) the messenger” while attributed to Sophocles more than 400 years before the birth of Christ, was first penned by William Shakespeare in his famous play, Henry IV.  In Part 2, Cleopatra threatens the messenger’s eyes when he reveals that her great love, Marc Antony,…

WEEK #47 NOVEMBER 22nd

Dear Customers, THANKSGIVING!  After the last 20 months, you may be thinking, “what do I have to be thankful about?”  This pandemic has affected the entire world with sickness, death, shortages, and disruptions beyond anything we’ve ever experienced in our lifetimes.  I imagine it is similar to what the Pilgrims experienced in 1621 after their…

WEEK #46 NOVEMBER 15th – 21st

Dear Customers, I was watching a news program (against my will because I momentarily misplaced the remote) a couple of weeks ago where the news crew were visiting one of the nation’s largest shipping ports.  The mammoth shipping tankers were literally lined up in the harbor waiting to unload.  Some of them had been waiting…