Why I Support Local Business!
A warm welcome to all of our new subscribers to The Local Vibe! I appreciate you! Enjoy this week's blog and feel free to look back at our archived editions.
Last week was a sobering reminder of why I am such a fan of supporting and promoting locally owned businesses. The corporate giant that I once worked for initiated the largest mass layoff of employees in the company's history. Friends of mine went into work on Tuesday and performed their morning tasks, only to be let go mid-morning. The company has created a new term for the layoffs called "dislocation". Several of my colleagues had been with the company for 25+ years. Unfortunately when a business grows and the founders/owners decide to take it public the humanity may disappear.
One of the things that I LOVE about local business owners is the fact that most of them truly care about their staff. I met with a client recently and the top goal he has for 2020 is to maintain a level of revenue that will enable him to continue to support the employees on his payroll. He never said anything about % of growth or taking an expensive vacation for himself. His focus was on people...on families...on his community.
I encourage everyone to think mindfully about where you decide to spend your money. I have witnessed firsthand how something as routine as where you buy your skincare products can make a difference in a business woman's life. Instead of grabbing a burger at one of the national chains, why not go to a locally owned establishment? If you need a gift, there are countless local stores ready to help you.
I challenge you this week to really focus on supporting your community and the men/women who are the heartbeat of your city.
The Meet da' Boss platform and this blog were created to offer support to the brave individuals who take on the risks and responsibility of owning their own companies. These folks are your neighbors and friends. As meetdaboss.com expands into new markets, I am excited about bringing more support staff onboard. My goal is to provide my team with creative ways to help others while offering them a secure financial situation.
This week we were on location for a photo shoot with Mobile Marble Company. I wanted to give you a sneak peek at one of their most popular products. This is the Tub Replacement Shower made from cultured marble in their production plant located in Mobile.
This one features safety amenities; however, there are other examples in the showroom showing different designs. The wonderful news is that once the products are created for your project, the crew is in and out of your home in two days time. Owner, David Lindsey, assures me that aside from a beautiful new bathroom, you won't know that his team has been there!
They believe in leaving your home neat and tidy! You'll be able to read all about this company founded in 1973, later this week on meetdaboss.com/mobilemarble.
"Bosses of the Week" in Mobile, Alabama
Jeff Yoe & Daniel Lopez
Acme Pressure Washing
If you are like me, you've probably have a residential grade pressure washer stored in your garage. You pull it out a couple of times a year for the 2-3 day task of cleaning the sidewalks, home & driveway.
This year, Acme Pressure Washing came over to clean the "miles" of cement gracing our corner property. In less than an hour and a half, they were finished and the work was a thousand times better than I could have ever mastered.
Read more about this remarkable local company at meetdaboss.com/acmepw. They service residential, commercial and more all along the Gulf Coast. You can give them a call to schedule an estimate at
Recently, I asked Jeff Yoe to share some things about Mobile!
What “insider tip” would you share with someone moving to or visiting Mobile? Mobile is a very veteran friendly community. Make sure you let people know you are a veteran and see what happens. I know most of us veterans don’t like ‘showcasing’ our service but Mobilians' really appreciate it.
What is your favorite thing about living in Mobile? I love the history that is all around you in the wonderful southern classic community.
What is one thing you would love for folks to know about your business? Not only do we offer complete professional pressure/power washing but we also do windows and gutter cleaning. Get on one of our maintenance plans and keep your property looking good all the time without much effort on your part. We are trained, certified and enjoy taking care of the outside of your property.
What do you do for fun? That one is easy, I play golf. Anyone else enjoy playing? Lets get together and enjoy a round or two!
Thank you Jeff for sharing your insights about the community!
Things Happening in Baldwin County This Week!
Baldwin County is just across the bay from Mobile. It is one of the fastest growing areas in the country featuring great schools and beautiful beaches. Here are some fun things to do if you are in the area!
January 23rd - Wine Dinner featuring Charles Smith Washington at Villagio Grill at the Wharf. This restaurant is one of our personal favorites on the Gulf Coast. Ginny & Lane have done an outstanding job curating a pleasing menu. For more information on this event click here.
January 21st - The “What to make for toddlers” class hosted by Wildflowers and Fresh Food! I must admit that I have been cyber following this business after a friend suggested I take a look at this thriving business. Click here for more information. This class is located in Fairhope, Alabama.
Things Happening in Baton Rouge This Week!
The folks in Baton Rouge are still riding the wave of the National Championship! This win will spike the economy and it certainly has put a smile on so many people's faces. There are a couple of things going on this week that I'd like to point out.
On January 26th - Plant Based Junk Food In Baton Rouge
Hosted by Vuture Food and Tin Roof Brewing Company. Tin Roof was one of the original breweries in Baton Rouge and has been around for years. They are known for the wonderful events they host. This one looks like fun! Click here for more info!
Insider Tip: If you are looking for a hometown experience, I suggest you have breakfast or lunch at Christina's in downtown Baton Rouge. It is located in the heart of the city, so don't be surprised if you sit next to a group of local politicians or perhaps a meeting of local ladies. Click here for the menu. The address is 320 St. Charles Street, Baton Rouge.
Things Happening in Mobile, Alabama this Week!
Tuesday, January 21st - "Do Life Butter Lunch & Learn" at The Cottage , 11:30AM-1PM. Welcome to our FIRST EVER "Do Life Butter" Lunch & Learn Series! We will host these events monthly, where we will hear from local leaders who carry a heart for our community! Our inaugural event will feature an amazing woman who inspires all who encounter her, Katie Braswell! Click here for more information!
Thursday, January 23rd - "Let's Talk Travel with Sandals Resorts" - hosted by Unique Destinations by Adrienne Tate at Domke Market starting at 6PM. Come and have a glass of wine and let's talk about taking a trip to one of the World's Only 5-Star Luxury Included Resorts. There will be a short presentation that invites you into each resort, presented by Savanna Barnes, a Sandals Business Development Manager.
Friday, January 24th - Domke Marché de Carnivale at Domke Market, 6:30-9:30PM, $45 per person. It’s carnival time in Mobile... and at DOMKE MARKET! Dress in your funky, fun Mardi Gras attire and join us for a fun time. Live music, appetizers & “carnival food”, wine and some fun carnival games and prizes. Plus, our friends at Bake My Day will be here with a king cake tasting! Click here for more information.
Saturday, January 26th - Semmes Camellia Festival from 10AM-2PM at the Semmes First Baptist Fellowship Hall at 4070 Wulff Road
from 10am-2pm. This event is free and open to the
public. Learn about the nursery history of this thriving community. This beautiful and fun event features: Camellia Bloom Displays, Creative Tablescapes, Artwork, Camellia Maids & Open House at Semmes Heritage Park. Free Admission & Refreshments
Click here for more.
Things Happening this Week in New Orleans!
Sunday, January 26th - Zachary Richard with David Torkanowsky & Friends at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro 8PM-11:30PM. Singer-songwriter, poet, cultural activist and environmentalist, Zachary Richard- Official is best known as a francophone Cajun-Zydeco recording artist and performer with roots in both South Louisiana and Quebec, Canada. With 20 albums on his roster, including several gold and platinum albums, his musical career is international. Click here for ticket information.
Wednesday, January 22nd - Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra at Snug Harbor 8PM-11:30PM. Click here for more information!
Wednesday, January 22nd - Bywater Market returns hosted by the Crescent City Farmers Market & French Market. Open from 3-7PM at Crescent Park. Click here for details!
Wishing you a wonderful week...bundle up, since winter blew in on Sunday! ~ Charlsie