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Small Business Saturday: Top 10 Reasons to Shop Locally

November 30th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Small Business Saturday in Vermont

Michelle had a good reminder for us in her post earlier this week.  Thanksgiving “was not originally intended to promote Christmas sales”.  But I have to admit that Black Friday is the first time I think about buying holiday gifts.  The reality for most of us is that when you have popular toys on your list or you’re shopping for something big (like appliances, cars, computers, furniture) you can’t ignore Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

So, in contrast to all that holiday shopping madness, today we have Small Business Saturday.  It’s a day to re-discover your local merchants and the character and richness they add to your community. They may not be able to beat the lowest prices you’ll find online but there’s an unmeasured value in their goods and services.  How much is it worth to you to have a beautiful downtown?  A local economy?  Jobs for your friends and family?  In Vermont it’s worth a lot.  So we’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Reasons to Shop Locally at your favorite downtown, mall or rural shopping outpost (like Stonehurst):

  1. Take the kids to see Santa – you can’t do that online
  2. Enjoy the Christmas and Hanukkah lights
  3. Take a rest at an art gallery or book store that has a cafe
  4. Find unique jewelery, ceramics, glassware and other handmade gifts
  5. Buy local food delicacies and eat free samples!
  6. Listen to the Christmas carolers and bands
  7. Bump into your friends and catch up on the neighborhood gossip
  8. Relax and enjoy lunch and a glass of wine with your shopping buddy
  9. Order local specialty items you can’t find online
  10. Support your local community so it continues to be a great place to live

Have more of you own?  Let us know on Facebook before you head downtown.



Vermont Furniture: Throwing Our Hat in the AmEx-Facebook Big Break Ring

May 18th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh

Facebook-Business If you have a small business and you're looking to expand, check out the American Express-Facebook Big Break Contest for a chance to win $20,000 to use in growing your business. 


 It's a long shot, I know.  There are already some 200,000 Facebook fans (many of which will compete I suppose) but it only takes a few minutes to fill out the entry form and who knows?  Maybe you'll win. 




They are picking 5 winners who will all receive the $20K prize as well as a trip to Facebook headquarters for a business make-over. 

Here are the 3 questions you need to answer to compete (responses are limited to 150 words each):

  1. Tell us about your business.  What makes it fun to come to work
  2. How do you see Facebook impacting your business?
  3. How could a big break help your biz and your customers?


For us, I figured these are all questions we need to understand at Vermont Woods Studios anyway, so why not think them through and throw our hat in the ring?  Join us!



Vermont Furniture Online: A Look Behind the Scenes

March 27th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh

Bare-Naked-Business Sometimes our customers at Vermont Woods Studios Online Furniture are understandably a little nervous plunking down thousands of dollars on fine furniture they've not been able to experience in person.  We're adding new details and videos to our website all the time but I also wanted to give people an honest and candid sense of who we are and how we run our small business here in rural Vermont. 

That's how Bare Naked Business came about.  It's a behind the scenes look at the fabulous and crazy people who make Vermont Woods Studios the awesome company it is.  I'm infinitely proud of this group and the super human things they keep achieving every new day.  The best part is that we love doing it – we have a blast because we're working on projects and goals we feel are worthy of our time and talents.

Another reason I wanted to start Bare Naked Business is to create a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who are running (or thinking of starting) a small business on a shoestring.  At Vermont Woods Studios we are living proof that this can be done, even during tough economic times and we believe that by collaborating with others, we can all benefit and at the same time – make the world a better place.  Check out Bare Naked Business and let us know what you think about it.  We're looking for feedback, suggestions, tips, advice and ideas about what you'd like to see in future episodes.


Wall Street Journal Features Vermont Woods Studios

September 23rd, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh

Many thanks to Emily Maltby of the Wall Street Journal for including Vermont Woods Studios in her story about how small businesses are reacting to the Small Business Jobs Act recently passed by the Senate.  I was telling Emily that we've been fortunate that our business has continued to grow even during the recession.  I attribute that to our customers of course and to the dedication and constant hard work of our team members who are determined to make this American made brand successful.  If we can take advantage of the SBJA, all the better!