Posts Tagged ‘buy local’

Welcome, Gov. Dayton!

March 13, 2012

Warners' Stellian is proudly hosting Gov. Mark Dayton as keynote speaker of the Metro Independent Business Alliance's Annual Meeting Wednesday night.

Did you know that three times as much of your money stays in the community when you buy locally?

And why wouldn’t you spend here; The Twin Cities is home to a unique crop of businesses that add so much to our community both economically and philanthropically.

Along with hundreds of other local, independent businesses, we partner with the Metro Independent Business Alliance, a nonprofit that working to support and preserve businesses like us in the Twin Cities region.

MetroIBA’s mission is to help the Twin Cities maintain its unique community character, provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs, build economic strength, and create an environment where locally owned, independent businesses grow and flourish.

Every year at our annual meeting, we celebrate our accomplishments and (not ones to rest on our laurels), share our goals for the next year.

MetroIBA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 14
6-9 p.m.

>>Register here

Warners’ Stellian Appliance Corp. Headquarters
550 Atwater Circle
St. Paul, MN 55103

Gov. Mark Dayton will give the keynote address to our alliance and guests as we enjoy refreshments from fellow members of our local, independent business alliance such as:

  • Aesop’s Table
  • Flat Earth Brewing Co.
  • Key’s Cafe
  • Peace Coffee
  • Mama’s Pizza
  • Sharrett’s Liquors

I’ll be there listening to the guv over a slice of some of my favorite St. Paul treats: a slice of Mama’s and a glass of Flat Earth Cygnus X Porter.

Why it pays to shop independent

October 12, 2009

specsPardon the cliche, but when it comes to kitchen appliances, the devil’s in the details.

Measurements matter — a lot. Just ask kitchen, bath and residential designer/blogger Paul Anater.

Having exact specifications on appliances is so crucial, he wrote, because an error could cost several thousand dollars. So that’s an error he only makes once, of course.

We take great pride in our our ability to offer a higher level of service than our competitors can often achieve, because we are an independent retailer and we specialize in appliances. It’s all we do.

But Paul said it better than I can:

Appliances are a very specialized product and they need to be sold by highly trained salespeople. No one would ever think to buy a car at Wal-Mart (I hope), but for some ungodly reason, a lot of people have no problem going to a big box for an appliance. Such purchases have an unacceptably high rate of bad endings if you ask me, and so long as I have breath to speak, I will never send someone into a big box for an appliance.

We usually deliver the specs to the “intermediaries,” as Paul dubs those that work between the retailer and the client-homeowner, rather than forcing them to go hunting on their own. And it doesn’ t cost a cent extra.

Shopping independent doesn’t just deliver a higher level of service to the customer, it puts more of your dollar back into the community. Warners’ Stellian is a loud and proud member of MetroIBA, which is an advocacy group for local, independently owned businesses in the Twin Cities area.

According to the website, an average of 68 cents from $1 spent at a local independent, goes back into the local economy versus only about 43 cents of $1 spent at a national chain. And if Twin Cities consumers shifted just 10% of their spending from chains to local businesses for one day, our local economy would gain $2 million. That’s a real stimulus for you.


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