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A business is built on a dream and survives on customers, but what can make or break a business is its employees.
I have been blessed over the years with some amazing employees. Employees that go out of their way to help customers receive the best service possible. These employees have worked tirelessly helping to improve my business and support the events held at OERTHER’S.
My current and past employees are more than just employees; they become part of our family. My current employees work extremely hard.
Joe Caron is the manager of Spruce Street Landscaping. Thanks to him, I can rest easy knowing that while I’m focused on OERTHER’S, the landscape customers are still being taken care of. I look forward to another great year with him and our landscaping crew.
Our flowers don’t look amazing without help, and that’s why Dora Presecan is here first thing in the mornings, she keeps our flowers watered and looking fresh.
Roger Fast keeps our friendly image afloat with his contagious smile and happy personality. Roger stays in and waits on all the lovely costumers.
Gretchen Peters takes a huge burden off my shoulders and does all of my advertising, while at the same time, waiting on costumers if we get busy. I’m blessed with the best.
My husband Mark is the biggest blessing of all. He always supports my crazy business ideas. He’s my handyman and jack of all trades. We all work hard to make this business an inviting happy place where costumers look forward to coming back to shop!
John Tesh was on the radio the other night and, as I was searching for that perfect song that makes you want to burst out singing, something he said made me pause. They (whoever they are!) had taken a survey with children asking them to name different types of phones and different types of vegetables, and the one they struggled with. was naming vegetables! I couldn’t think about my perfect song any more, this was much more important. (You think I’m joking; I’m not.)
When you are driving down the highway, do you see those billboards that say children learn by watching, so make healthy choices? Well, this time that obnoxious board was right. I did some research and discovered ‘Powerful Plants’! ‘Powerful Plants’ vegetable and flower seeds are a fun new way to encourage kids to plant their own gardens and teach the importance of a garden.
As 'Powerful Plants’ put it perfectly: "Look up. Look down. The power is all around you…It’s up to you to use it now”. The packets come to life through a phone app and talk to you about what type of vegetable it is and also gives some fun facts!
We just got our first shipment in so make sure to stop by with or without the children and have some fun!
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” -Audrey Hepburn
Thanks for being part of our family.
As I watched It’s A Wonderful Life (it’s a tradition!) this Christmas, I found myself thinking how truly beautiful it was that such a small community came forward to help George Bailey, to keep him in business and how it’s such a touching moment when a community pulls together to support itself. Then I caught myself; Wait! I live in this type of community; this is our Marshall!
We Marshallites understand that in order to succeed, we need to support each other and lean on each other at other times. I thought about all the times in the past seven years of growing as a new and better business owner when I did just that. I knew that I could rely on this community to have the patience and advice that I needed. In turn, I was and would be there to help and support them when they needed it.
This Christmas was a prime example of our own “George Bailey community”. I hosted my annual Christmas Tree Lane which is an event where local crafters and vendors sell their merchandise in our greenhouse for the months of November and December.
Well, the close of Christmas Tree Lane came, and as I was totaling the amounts for the vendors, I may have cried a little. Our community, our little town of Marshall, shopped local this holiday season and helped these community members sell over $3,000 worth of their handmade merchandise. That is money coming from and staying in Marshall! I no longer envied George Bailey's life because I realized that I that had the "Wonderful Life" as well.
I believe in what Henry Ford once said: “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Marshall is successful because we work together to grow into a better tomorrow, not just for our children and their children but also for ourselves, for everyone.
Thanks for being part of our family.
Ah, the Pumpkin Something... one of the two main fundraisers here at OERTHER’S.
At this event we raise money to help benefit M.A.C.S (Marshall Area Community Services). One thing M.A.C.S does is help give food and clothing to those with less of a stable income. During the Thanksgiving season M.A.C.S. also buys turkeys for its families. At OERTHER’S, as part of the fundraiser, we sell one foam turkey for $10 and we hang it on the wall with your name or a message you write. All of this money raised helps make someone’s Thanksgiving easier! This year the community worked together to buy 40 turkeys! With just the foam turkey sales we raised $400 which is approximately 40 whole frozen turkeys! Then we held the Pumpkin Something on the 17th of October, and yes, I know, Michigan vs Michigan State game and yes, extremely cold. But, something extremely amazing happened! Even with all those obstacles the event faced, it was a roaring success! The community of Marshall came out to show their support and was able to raise over $2,500 to benefit those less fortunate.
This is why Marshall is great and I am blessed to own a business here.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” –Dr. Seuss
It is almost the end of 2015 -- where does the time go?
I am so happy to have made so many new friends this year. We’ve had some great laughs! And I am thankful for all of my blessings.
I read some blogs to try to get a feel for what a “blog” really should be. For me, blogging should be about my encounters with my customers. I am so grateful that you let me laugh and cry with you. I even attended some funerals this year for people that I only knew through the store. My life is enriched with the friendships we share.
One big joke I have told over and over is that Mother Nature and I broke up this year. She challenged me beyond what I thought I could handle, with spring so late, frost up to Memorial Day, etc. But thankfully, my beautiful customers did not give up on me (or on Mother Nature). The amount of extra work gave me a few extra gray hairs – but it was worth it. I think she may have heard me complaining -- as we are expecting an unseasonably warm winter. (If only I could believe I held THAT kind of powerJ!)
A few questions I am asked often:
Christmas Trees, etc.: this is the fourth year OERTHER’S is selling cut Christmas trees, wreaths and roping. We have a great Christmas tree farm in the area that we buy products from for re-sale here at OERTHER’S … you may just be hearing about this for the first time because I ramped up our social media about having them for sale.
Christmas Tree Lane: This is our fifth year of having the greenhouse open from Thanksgiving to January 1st with local crafters’ beautiful products displayed for purchase (talk about great gift ideas!) I appreciate you visiting these awesomely talented people’s booths at our location.
Hours: I am open year round. Come in to shop or just to talk and share a cup of tea or cocoa.
Planting: YES, we would be happy to help you plant a tree or bush from OERTHER’S for a small fee. We also deliver! PLEASE JUST ASK! The cost for delivery and planting depends on the distance and how much product we are planting for you.
Which reminds me -- SPRUCE STREET LANDSCAPE is here to help: We opened a second business in 2014 called SPRUCE STREET LANDSCAPE. Our hope with this second business was to help our customer’s with difficult yard projects like weeding, installing vegetable beds, and laying mulch. Many of you hired us for yard design work in 2015 and we appreciate you trusting us!! We pride ourselves on working closely with our customers so that what you envision is what we create.
Bulk stone coming in 2016: One new product line we will begin carrying in 2016 is bulk stone. Many of you are aware that we already have bulk mulch for sale and delivery in three colors + natural. We think carrying bulk stone and sand would be a natural fit for our businesses and your home projects.
I know you all know that I am not sitting around eating bonbons and enjoying a cup of hot coffee at the store. I am well aware of all of the big box stores around me. That is why we work so hard -- working for you, our customers -- to try and secure the best prices on products to keep you shopping with our local businesses, including OERTHER’S. Our local family, local store and local employees are sincerely grateful for our customers, especially this most beautiful and blessed time of year.
MERRY CHRISTMAS . . . and thank you for sharing a laugh or a story with me. My life is enriched by each of you!
Mother nature is testing all of us this year...a 21 degree below zero spring, frost right up to Memorial Day weekend, and the rain!
I would like to start with a huge thank you to all of you who were patient with the store as we all tried to give the best customer service we could, while keeping the shelves stocked with product. We loved seeing all of you and watching what you were fixing up your yard with!
One big project that had to take a back seat to Mother Nature was the re-design on the tree bed area. We will be having a re-grand opening in August for the tree area with a percentage off as a thank you for waiting while we fixed a few issues. This design shows OERTHER'S commitment to helping the environment with planting trees in landscape.
From the desktop of Kathleen Oerther
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