REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER

REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER - Who Will You Invite To Your Table?

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER - Who Will You Invite To Your Table?

REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER Absolutely love this photo. Living sustainably isn't just about how you nourish your body, it's also about how you nourish your mind. Engaging proactively. Campaigning for causes that you believe in. Surrounding yourself with people who respect and uplift you. Amplifying the voices of those who need uplifting. Self care and self love. Taking time out to reflect. These are all examples of nurturing and maintaining positive mental health. Sustainability literally means the ability to sustain yourself or the thing that you are trying to protect. And so it necessarily must include the most cherished parts...

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER - Black Lieday

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER - Black Lieday

REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER - BLACK LIEDAY As you are no doubt aware Black Friday is fast approaching. Or as we are now dubbing it, Black LieDay. One of the most aggressive marketing days in the retail calendar, and one which has literally seen shoppers come to blows in the past. Part of the appeal of Black Friday comes from this obsession we have with getting a 'deal'. From feeling like we're the winners. From the perception that we are wrenching control from retailers and tipping the equity balance in our favour for one day of the year. From obtaining...

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER - Welcoming the Stranger - 21 December 2020

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER - Welcoming the Stranger - 21 December 2020

REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER Last week I had an uncharacteristic moment of despondency. Possibly triggered by being insanely busy on top of family life and the sleep deprivation that goes along with a ten month old who is choosing to spend most nights feeding rather than sleeping. All fairly standard stuff. For the first time in I don't know how long I cried. Not just a little sniffle. Real tears. Those great fat ones which roll down your face like the rain in a tropical storm, and literally make puddles in your lap. The type of proper ugly crying that...

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER - Our Year in Numbers - 1 Jan 2021

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER - Our Year in Numbers - 1 Jan 2021

REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER Well, what an extraordinary year it has been. Fourteen months ago when we opened the doors to Grain & Sustain Burntisland for the first time we couldn't have anticipated what would be coming. This time last year we knew that with a new baby due any day (giving us three small dudes under four along with a new business), that it was going to be a crazy ride. But my goodness, what a whirlwind it has been and continues to be. Had we been a different kind of business that hadn't been able to stay open...

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER - THE ETHICAL THING ABOUT MUSHROOMS - 3 JAN 2021

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REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER - THE ETHICAL THING ABOUT MUSHROOMS - 3 JAN 2021

REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER This was an interesting little find today so I thought I'd share it with you. I've been rearranging the pantry again. Yes, it seems to happen in our own house almost as frequently as it happens in the shop (my poor husband ). In doing so I came across these plastic wrapped dried porchini mushrooms. So you see, no we aren't perfect either, but that isn't the point. I remember when these came into our lives. Will had taken the boys for a walk some time last year and stopped by a local cafe. He didn't...

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