One of my favorite things about being a business owner is supporting our county fair! This year, in addition to being an add-on buyer for a number of 4-H participants, we were a sponsor for Mar Lee schools food tent! We always have a lot of fun wandering the fair and seeing friends and community members enjoying their time.
Our 4th annual Firefly Sale was very well attended and so much fun. It's a great pleasure to see our customers out in the courtyard and greenhouse with flashlights browsing our offerings. We had one customer bring their own headlamp! It tickles us when we see cars lining up well before we are ready to open. Love your enthusiasm for what we offer!
Stargazing with Margaret was successful for the first time as our Michigan weather finally cooperated!
Thanks to all of you who joined us for an enjoyable evening of shopping and camaraderie.
On Saturday the 16th of February we held our fourth annual Meatball Mania Fundraiser. This was by far our largest year, and we owe it all to the amazing 13 meatball chefs that took their free time to make some over the top meatballs!
This fundraiser would not work if it wasn't for these amazing people. We determined the best meatballs of 2019 a little differently. Instead of an actual judge, we did peoples choice and whoever had the most donation dollars in their jug was the winner!
MJ Byrne won Best Balls with a stuffed up version, Jack Reed took a classic route and got Better Balls, while Shirley Knaack turned sweetness into Good Balls!
At the end all 13 of the chefs helped us raise over $700. That money was raised by the community to go into a non endowed fund that gives back to the community throughout the year.
In the end, I can't give all of the credit to the chefs because let's be honest deciding which was the best meatball was the hard part! Huge shout out to everyone that came down to visit and taste the meatballs, you are the rock stars that show what this community is really all about...giving back!
I’ve asked for the recipes of this year's and previous year's meatballs, We want to put together a cookbook so that everyone can enjoy the yummy meatballs we all tasted. Keep an eye open for that cookbook release date!
As you know, we love to support the community! Another way we hope we're helping is to have ARC volunteers help in the store and courtyard each Thursday morning. Our volunteers tend to rotate every few months, so you'll see lots of new faces. Here is Rashad and Kathleen having fun.
Life in Michigan is, well, kind of like Russian roulette, but with the weather. Nobody knows what will happen next. This last week of January has been unpredictable, from 40 degrees to arctic temperatures. Through this all, though, my amazing employees here at OERTHER'S have faithfully pushed on and allowed us to remain open so no animal has to go hungry or driveway unsalted.
So if you have been thankful we were open during this time, let the employees know, because I can only tell them so many times.
Stay safe out there and lets cross our fingers the next weather shift is into spring!
Some take the winter to Hibernate, but not us here at OERTHER’S! Ever since opening 10 years ago we have slowly been making the store larger to hold more product for the customer. When we first opened we asked you to come grow with us, and thanks to you we have been able to grow!
This winter Mark and Max Oerther spent all of their free time removing and rebuilding a wall on the south side of our store opening up another 20’ of floor space. With the help of our employees; Laura, Olivia, Maya, Angela, Jay and the head of it all Margaret, and the patience of our customers we were able to restock and paint before the busy season.
We are far from done growing and hope you can stop on by to see the up-grades and find all the changes inviting to shop in. In fact, stop down March 31st for our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration!!
Check out some of the photos of our renovations.
A few weeks ago I celebrated my 54th birthday and discovered the most desired secret: how to look young forever.
The Tuesday before my birthday I took my mother to see an old friend, this woman was also with her daughter. When they found out my birthday was that Thursday they began to try and guess my age. The highest age they guessed was 45! I’m not telling you this to rub it in (especially since I actually just dyed my hair for the first time since I’ve been over 40), but because this rollercoaster of a year had started to take its toll and I felt old. They wouldn’t believe that I was actually turning 54.
So, I’m writing this to tell everyone that I found the secret to looking young forever, I know some people won’t believe me, but here goes nothing. Laugh all the time. That’s right, it is that simple. You can ask anyone that knows me and they will tell you I love to laugh. When life doesn’t go your way, laugh it off. Instead of letting an issue fester and grow, laugh about it and move on. We have so many options in life and we can choose to react to any situation in any way. You don’t have to get mad and better yet, you don’t have to stay mad. Life is so short.... wouldn’t it be better if you laughed all the time? I definitely think so and apparently so does my face.
Surround yourself with people that make you laugh and trust me, not only will you feel better but you’ll stop aging.
“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.” – Audrey Hepburn
I’ll always laugh with you,
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