> Small Biz Saturday not about us November 28 2015

We love the idea of Small Business Saturday, also called Shop Small Saturday and Shop Local Saturday.

It's the special day sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday that's designed to boost sales for small business owners. While we are small business owners and farmers, we don't have a brick-and-mortar store. Barry, at left, is owner of the The Produce Place and was the first Nashville business owner to put our honey on his shelves in 2011.

But we sell to many, many folks who do.

These are people who have taken the leap and invested in a storefront. They dust the shelves, sweep the sidewalks and carefully plan how much inventory to buy from us each month. They represent our product, carefully display it and sometimes offer customers a little taste (because when they taste they buy!).

These are folks like Hollie, owner of the Savory Spice Shop in Franklin, Tenn., and Barry (pictured at right), owner of The Produce Place in Nashville. There's Ted, owner of Watson-Kennedy in Seattle. Louise of the Artisan Cheese Company in Sarasota. Kevin and Megan Ouzts, who own and operate The Spotted Trotter in Atlanta. 

These are the small business owners that took a risk on us and take risks on others like us. They bought our products when we thought two cases of honey and a dozen beeswax lip balms was a huge order! 

We think Small Business Saturday is about them, not about us. This weekend, we hope you'll hit the sidewalks of your local downtown, wherever that may be, and look for independent retailers who sell products from local farmers, artisans and crafters.

We hope you'll shop small, shop local or shop 'til you drop! And if you happen to see some local honey, by all means buy it.