Small Business Saturday November 28, 2020

Why support small businesses on Small Business Saturday?

A couple of years ago, I read a blog that was talking about how everyone needs to have support on Small Business Saturday. This included big businesses because our neighbors, friends, and family members work there so it is good to support their pay check. At first, I agreed with this blog because I understood their message bee-hind it.

Then 2020 hit…

Here is why I bee-lieve you should be supporting small businesses on Small Business Saturday. When COVID-19 hit this year, we saw a large increase of people shopping at big businesses. They have food, electronics, toys, and other daily essentials that people need. While small businesses had to shut down. They had to let people go. Other businesses literally could not survive the shut down to keep going. Many tried to get on-line sales, curb-side pickup, and even went as far as to deliver to homes to try and keep going. Small businesses suffered while big businesses kept booming by the influx of buyers.

I also realized something else this year; where do people shop on black Friday and cyber Monday? That is right big stores. So many people rush out to get the better deals, the big buy, or the cheapest items to make the budget stretch. I get it. We are all on a budget so I totally understand these sales and do not down them.

What I am trying to get across is; big businesses are not suffering they get support 365 days a year!  Small businesses have one special day that belongs to Small Businesses. Small Business Saturday is about supporting the mom and pop shops that are trying to do something they are passionate about while also making a living. When you show your support by shopping with a Small Business you are helping them. For some it is putting their kids through school, paying for dance lessons, paying rent for their home, or allowing them to support other businesses.  For some businesses this is their big push to get through the slow months of January and February.

Now let me be clear; I completely understand that COVID-19 has changed the game this year. Maybe you are not able to get out. Maybe you don’t want to be around people. We totally understand. BUT, you can shop on-line or call them and ask them if they can do curb-side. Or shop on another day when it is less crowded. Customers don’t like seeing their favorite businesses go; so, let’s all work together to keep Small Businesses open!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Sticks

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At The Honey Cottage we firmly believe experiences help other people. Weather it is our experiences that we share or what customers share with us and others. This month has been no exception. We have had many customers come in and talk about the advantages of honey sticks. One of those advantages was using them during pregnancy and labor. I was so excited to hear this because one of our big surprises this year was that we were having a baby!! So I took the advice of so many people and had honey sticks stashed everywhere; I also had them in my labor bag and anywhere else I could think to hide them. I can honestly say the honey sticks are super handy and are fantastic to have on hand. Plus, others said they used them after labor too!

Some of the big advantages that I and others noticed during pregnancy: they are convenient, they are perfect for the purse and overnight bag, they come in different types of honey or flavors, and they are a big energy boost. I liked that I did not have to carry around a bottle of honey everywhere. It was nice to be able to pop one open and have the energy boost I needed; each stick is a teaspoon of honey. When I was in labor no food was allowed, but I could have HONEY which gave me the energy I needed! Lastly, these have been great for when my sugar gets too low.

Other helpful ways to use honey sticks:

-Many diabetics use them to boost their blood sugar levels

-Teachers use them for their students as incentives

-We have had a lot of military come in and stock up for when they are in the field

-Several parents use them for helping their little ones potty train

-Perfect for nursing moms

-Back packing

-Hiking or biking

-Walking or running

-Perfect for kids birthday parties

-Baby showers or weddings

These are some of the ways our customers use honey sticks!! They make a great gift and are perfect to have around the house! We are super thankful for those who come in and share what they learn from using the different products at The Honey Cottage. Feel free to “like”, follow, and share what you learn on our facebook page or on twitter!!

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

P.S. Here is a peak at our new bumblebee!!!

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