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Ugly Sweater Weekend!

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Seasonal Favorites!

20 inch pure noble fir wreath 22 inch deluxe noble fir wreath 22 rustic cedar noble fir black formal dress deluxe candy cane wreath joy to the world sea foam green formal dress tweflth man soap

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Why Small Business Saturday Is Important For Your Community

Why Small Business Saturday Is Important For Your Community

November 11, 2014 4:00 AM

“Since 2010, consumers with conscience, flair and an eye for great deals have swarmed their local Mom and Pop shops on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in support of Small Business Saturdays. More a burgeoning movement than a one-day event, Small Business Saturday will take place nationwide this year on November 29. The concept, originally launched by American Express and recognized by the U.S. Senate, has helped change the landscape of big-city neighborhoods and small town U.S.A. If you’re not participating yet, this is why you should.

Help Support A Dream

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The desire to own and operate one’s own business is the cornerstone of the American dream. Small store ownership helps individuals carve out a living doing what they love. It also allows them to create and sell merchandise that the average consumer would be hard pressed to find in a chain or big box store. If it can be dreamed of, it is probably being sold in a Mom and Pop shop. Vintage fabrics, niche ceramics, collectable comic books and gourmet treats are typical examples, but localbusinesses can range from the boutique to the practical and encompass everything from nuts and bolts hardware, to organic puppy chow.

Local Shops Equal Local Hires

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Many families have found themselves grateful for the jobs and paychecks provided by local shop owners. Parents looking for part-time work close to home, those in need of second jobs, teens hoping to acquire hands-on retail experience and full-time employment opportunities from in-store sales to stocking shelves, all help to support the over-all, financial health of our nation’s infrastructure, keeping both our neighbors and neighborhoods solvent.

Up The Ante On Your Property Value

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Small stores and businesses help revitalize tired city blocks and main streets by generating foot traffic and adding to visual aesthetics. A thriving locale tends to have a spiraling effect, able to increase property value for home owners. These entrepreneurial endeavors also support local school systems in a variety of ways. Sporting goods stores often sponsor school-based sports teams and scout troops, and book stores donate text books to classrooms and sponsor read-a-thons. Local businesses operate as community stake-holders, by contributing to local charities and places of worship and supplying elbow grease for neighborhood walk-a-thons, food and clothing drives and other, locally-driven events.

Put Your Taxes To Work

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As the holiday season approaches, money will be spent on everything from gift items to home furnishings and food. The money you spend in small Mom and Pop shops help keep your tax dollars confined to the local area, which translates into improvements everyone benefits from. These can range from paving sidewalks to safer playground equipment and better security. The money you spend in local small businesses is a powerful tool, able to help keep entire communities thriving, vital and safe.

Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.”

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Street Life Care Kits

Instead of spending too much money on gifts this holiday season or sending money off to big business charities, think about spending a little time and money on putting care packets together for the homeless. I’ve been giving food to homeless people more often lately, and yesterday I even got some food for this guy’s dog. More often than not, it’s not their fault that their homeless. Does your 5-yr-old really need that iPad Air? Does your aunt really need that $90 perfume set from Macy’s?

 

 

“On Sunday, October 13th VespersKids will be packing STREET LIFE CARE KITS. These are gallon sized zip-lock bags filled with useful things and resources for someone in need or living on the street. The kids will pack enough kits for everyone to take home 1 or 2 but they need help gathering enough supplies. Below is the list of possible ways you could contribute:

Please choose an item and bring 10-15 of them with you to Vespers on October 13th…

Here are some suggestions:
size large white cotton t-shirts
stocking caps
gloves
packaged crackers w/ peanut butter or cheese
granola bars
beef jerky sticks
individual fruit…pudding…applesauce
packaged chicken or tuna salad with crackers
crystal light packets
hand wipes
food coupons
gallon zip lock bags
toothbrushes
small bottles of water
spoons
socks

Dollar stores, Wise Buys or other discount stores are great places to look for many of the things above. Feel free to make your own creative contribution and invite friends to join VespersKids on October 13th th to help pack bags.

Please plan on contributing and plan on taking a STREET LIFE CARE KIT to keep in your car or home to respond the next time you encounter someone in need.

Kent Morrison (tnekmo4@yahoo.com)  is coordinating donations, please email him and let us know what you are bringing.”

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by | November 25, 2013 · 10:41 pm

Fastest holiday shopping on record? Covering my whole list within 4 hours? All on the same fabulous website that donates to Hunger, Breast Cancer, Animal, Veteran, Autism, Diabetes, Literacy, and Rainforest organizations? I’ll take it!!

http://www.greatergood.com

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90-YEAR-OLD ACTOR CHRISTOPHER LEE RELEASES HEAVY METAL VERSIONS OF CLASSIC CHRISTMAS SONGS

by Graham ‘Gruhamed’ Hartmann 2 days ago

Christopher Lee, 'A Heavy Metal Christmas'
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“Love metal? Dig Christmas? Then let legendary actor Christopher Lee entertain you with heavy metal versions of classic Christmas songs.

The 90-year-old Lee is famous for his roles in ’Dracula’ and ‘Lord of the Rings,’ among countless other films. He has been crafting his voice for many years, having famously lent his pipes to the soundtrack for horror flick ‘The Wicker Man,’ released in 1973. Although Lee is a classically trained singer, the ‘Dracula’ icon released his first metal album, ‘Charlemange: By the Sword and the Cross,’ in 2010, receiving Metal Hammer’s Spirit of Metal award at their 2010 Golden Gods ceremony. Lee’s ‘Charlemange’ sequel, ‘The Omens of Death,’ is expected to see a 2013 release.

“I was first introduced to metal when I sang with a [band] called Rhapsody,” Lee tells BBC Radio. “But what I sang was not heavy metal; I sang with a tenor. Then I worked with Manowar as a narrator, I think it was in Germany, and again, that was not me singing metal. I became rather fascinated by this, ’cause in terms of history of music, it’s fairly recent, really. And if it’s properly done and you can understand the story and you can understand what the people are singing and you have the right bands and the right singers, I think it’s rather exciting.”

Christopher Lee’s surprisingly crushing renditions of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Silent Night’ are now available to purchase via iTunes and Amazon. Check out a preview of both tracks in the player below.”

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by | December 21, 2012 · 7:41 pm