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  • Writer's pictureCharlsie Pecoraro

Helping Local Businesses Grow in 2021! In the Spotlight: Hibberts Auto Services

The Hickory Pit, Semmes Alabama
Club Sandwich from The Hickory Pit

In November of 2018 I launched this website to showcase locally owned businesses in the Mobile area. I wanted folks to enjoy a sneak peek inside some of their favorites. Getting to know owners and why they started their ventures is what is all about. In 2021, it is more important than ever to invest in your community and your neighbors.

This platform enjoys web traffic averaging 2500 unique visitors per month from over 12 countries. People spend 12 - 15 minutes on the site which is six times the national average for a non-commerce website. They read the blog and go look at businesses that are interesting to them.

Recently I had lunch with one of my "boss" partners and she shared that the information on the site helped her win a significant contract from a business located in the Netherlands! The owner mentioned three things: Google reviews, and her quick response to his requests!

People like to do business with people that they know. Telling the story of a business is what this site strives to do for its readers. My goal is for you to feel comfortable reaching out to any business that is partnered on the platform. Character and integrity are important, especially when you are conducting business from the other side of the world!

I encourage everyone to get out and explore their own town. Look for those folks that believe in themselves enough to take the risk of owning their own business. The feature photo is from a locally owned restaurant in Semmes, Alabama called The Hickory Pit. Locals absolutely adore it and travelers passing through frequent it as well. Did you know that the average person eats out 18 times a month? That is a significant amount of revenue that restaurants are competing for. Why not commit to spending your money with locals when you can? The food is going to be healthier and the money spent will stay in your area!


In the Spotlight: Hibberts Auto Services

Hibberts Auto Services
Grant Hibberts & Duke!

Over 70% of my readers are female and with that in mind, I strive to partner with business owners who are trustworthy and have impeccable character. Meet Grant Hibberts, owner of Hibberts Auto Services located in Wilmer, Alabama.

It is common for women to think that they are going to be taken advantage of when they take their car into a shop for repairs. Let's face it, most of us just want to put the key in the ignition and go! It is very important to us to have a mechanic in our corner who will look after our car like it is their own.

Grant is just that type of person. He is a BMW Master Mechanic and a Mercedes Certified Technician. In addition to those specialties, he is capable of working on any brand and model of automobile or truck. His shop is located on his property so your car will be safe in his care.

He can handle all of the routine maintenance for your ride. Oil changes, wiper blades, topping off fluids and checking your brake wear are just a few things he does. As the temperatures rise, AC repair begins to take a priority in his shop! Hey if your check engine light is on, give him a call. He has equipment to read codes on every type of automobile.

Ladies, he has a comfortable waiting room for those quick services or you can drop off your car and pick it up once the job is complete. Appointments are preferred and can be made by giving him a call at 251-654-4599.


Tasting Tuesday
Spring Wine Features at Domke Market

Every Tuesday, Brooke Goff at Domke Market hosts a wine tasting paired with some goodies! I attended last week's Spring Wine Features! The Angel & Cowboys Brut Rose came home with me! I brought it to a dinner party on Saturday evening and it paired perfectly with the Salmon and Strawberries my hostess served!

Here are the April options:

April 6 - Discovering Portugal

April 13- Bubbles Around the World

April 20 - Exploring Germany

April 27 - Italian Favorites

Tickets are $20 and need to be bought in advance because space is limited. Click here for details! I've got my eye on a couple of those dates!


In the Kitchen!

This low-carb, Keto friendly chicken recipe is a favorite in my kitchen. It doesn't take a lot of time to put together but it tastes like you spent hours! So pull out a cast-iron skillet and let's get to cooking!

I found this one on so I am going to link the recipe here. First, don't be intimidated by the ingredient list! I used the things that I love and cut out some others. In addition, I "shrunk" the recipe down since I only cook 4 thighs at a time.

The companion recipe for Cauliflower Rice is delicious. I enjoyed learning how to rice my own fresh cauliflower using a standard kitchen grater. Who knew???

I've got this one on my list of things to make for family visiting me next week!


This week I'm going to spend some time in my yard, getting those pesky weeds out of the flowerbeds. There is something so meditative for me about being out in nature! Have a wonderful week everyone! ~ Charlsie

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.



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