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Praise 'em & Make a Difference!

Posted on June 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM

  It feels good to be seeing some of the posts I see tonight on Facebook. Folks are going out after a long week of graduations, field days with the kiddos, and last days of school, to get a good meal and relax.

I am seeing post after post of folks checking in at local restaurants and giving great feedback! I LOVE to see this because it's so very important for local businesses. We all hear about it when someone messes up, but it's not so often we hear about it when the experience was a good one. We need more of these sort of posts!

I see people posting pictures of a baby animals that say – “I am posting this in efforts to fill fb with cute little baby animals to shut out the negativity” - or something of that nature. How 'bout we just start posting kudos, positive feedback, and thankfulness? Yes, animals are cute - but those posts aren't helping those baby animals. Why not post feedback that will help the businesses in our community, like ... “Wow, I drove past that so and so business today, and the new paint job is amazing!” OR, “I went out to eat for lunch today, and the helpings at so and so restaurant are incredible! Now that’s posts that will nix negativity, but also help someone!

You might wonder why I care so much, and why I bring this up. It’s because my heart is for small businesses and what they stand for.  
Folks ask how I got into promoting small businesses, and why I have the passion I do for them, and I guess you could say it was brought out by a hamburger! How’s that you ask?

Well, I happened on to a side of town I hadn't been to in a while, and I noticed this little building that had changed from a Gyros restaurant to a burger place. Gyros aren't for me, but boy a burger sure sounded good!

This particular day, a friend and I decided to stop in. From the moment we entered, it was an AMAZING experience. This restaurant owner thought of everything, down to the way they folded the napkins! I was completely impressed with the staff, the atmosphere, the decor... then... it happened.... the most AMAZING hamburger I have EVER tasted, was placed before me, with HOMEMADE fries!! You know the kind.... thin, but not too thin - salted just perfect? WOW, my mouth is watering right now just remembering! Licking your lips yet?

We finished up, sang praises to the manager and made a beeline back to the office, where we shared with EVERYONE who would listen, just how amazing this place really was. One by one, the others headed to that restaurant, to try the burgers. My boss at the time, said in front of everyone, “You should be in promotions considering how you just promoted this restaurant in such a way, that now we all want one of those burgers!”
Well, one week later on our regular, “go out to eat for lunch day” ... Friday as other's call it, we decided to go get another one of those amazing burgers! When we entered the restaurant, the atmosphere was different, we felt it immediately! The owner didn't have a smile on his face... that sweet little waitress was not there, the burger didn’t event taste the same. What happened you ask? That day was meant to be that restaurants last day open. We were experiencing, “death to a dream!”
We returned to the office saddened, and with a heavy heart for that owner and the staff. I meditated on this sad turn of events for the rest of that day, and throughout the weekend. I thought of that man's dream, and the closing of the doors meaning death to his dream. I couldn’t help but think I could have done more, had I known about them sooner. I would have rallied for them to stay open! I would have handed out flyers in efforts to make a difference. Anything, to reward their efforts and to keep the doors open. I then thought about what my boss said. Could I make a difference, or at least inspire others to try to make a difference? Could I begin to rally support for small businesses, and have people listen? Could I actually promote businesses?

I guess you can say that day at that restaurant changed my life! I would end up leaving my 9-5 job, with insurance, a for-sure paycheck, and the comfort that all that can bring... and stepped out in faith to start Hot Iron Promos!

So, I'm a BIG, in closing sort of person.... or, the moral of my story, sort of gal. Shop Local, Eat local, give kudos, tell your friends.... If service isn't good, tell the manager before you blast it on Facebook. Let's work together... "RALLY" together, for our local small businesses! Let's keep dreams alive, doors open, and NOT keep the best hamburger EVER... the biggest best-kept secret!


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