Along the Welcome Trail (from the March, 2016, edition of the Neighborly News)
By Anne Pounds
Support Your Local Businesses--- and not just because they are local!
I am a huge fan of finding GREAT BUSINESSES and patronizing them. I like small businesses that help me feel good about parting with my hard-earned money. I like anticipating going there because it gives me satisfaction. It happens when they have good stuff at good prices, when I feel cared for and possibly recognized as a fellow human being whose purchase is appreciated.
That's when something magical happens: I tell everyone I know about what a nice experience it is to shop there or dine there or get my teeth cleaned there or get my eyeglasses there.
That's when we want this fine business to become a part of Welcome Neighbor, so that not only we ourselves can enjoy the experience, but we can make more magic happen by connecting that great business to new residents with our welcome offer cards and gifts.
And through Neighborly News, we can share what events, deals and new stuff they have going on each month with all the thousands of families we've visited over many years. We award the Welcome Neighbor "Seal of Approval" and only introduce those businesses who know how to make this kind of "consumer magic." It's part of our mission.
So try them out! Bring your welcome offer card, and say hello. They cared enough to present you with something good, so feel free to see if they live up to the promise we made.
Then we'll all feel good!