Posts Tagged ‘MetroIBA’

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.

Celebrate Your Independents — businesses, that is

July 5, 2010

Think about your favorite business, be it a shop, restaurant or service provider. I’ll bet it’s a locally owned independent business, right?

These types of businesses provide the lifeblood of a community. Local independent businesses keep more money within the local economy (68 cents of every dollar spent versus 43 cents of every dollar spent at a national chain), as these businesses more often spend their money locally and support our local charities, schools, etc.

That’s why Warners’ Stellian wants its customers join us and the Metro Independent Business Alliance (MetroIBA) in celebrating these vital businesses this month. And there’s something in it for you, as well.

Throughout July, the Celebrate Your Independents promotion offers Twin Cities shoppers exclusive offers from 25 local, independent businesses as well as a chance to win $1,250 in gift cards from places such as Bibelot, Keys Café, Electric Fetus and First Tech — and more! For the promotion, Warners’ Stellian will be offering a free 10-year limited warranty on purchases $599 and up.

>> See complete list and rules here

>>Download game card here

We’re holding the kickoff event 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 6 at Calhoun Square. It’s free to the public, and refreshments will be served. MetroIBA events help local business owners network with their peers and with the buying public, through our growing list of individual members!

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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