Support Small Business!

Hello M:R Nation –

While we are a business that caters to a national market, at our very core, we are a small business. We are very proud of this fact and talk about it openly. There is nothing wrong with being a part of a small business and certainly nothing wrong with conducting business with a small business! In fact, this is what keeps our economy going.

This personal belief that I have slapped me across the face awhile back and I want to share my story (which might be a little long and has nothing to do with iPads or Smartphones):

With the growth of my family, one thing became painfully obvious. My kitchen table doesn’t grow automatically with it. After  the birth of my last child, sitting down for dinner became a chore and a competition of who could eat the fastest so we weren’t so cramped and If extended family came over, you could just forget about being hospitable. They were eating on the couch!

After a couple of months of dealing with this and not inviting anyone over for a holiday or a meal, I finally gave up and decided to go table shopping… For some reason, my first thought for a kitchen table was a big box retail chain and let me tell you, I spent many hours posted in these stores sitting on chairs and knocking on wood to check for authenticity. I am by no means a furniture snob, bit I wanted something that would last me for DECADES, not just a couple of year.

During this time, the “Shop Small” campaign that the SBA runs on a yearly basis started and this just hit me like a ton of bricks! What the heck am I doing looking in these stores for a very cheaply made/very expensive table? This is a great opportunity for me to shop small and help out my local economy! From there the search began and I did the first thing that any consumer does nowadays and searched on goggle for “Kansas City custom furniture” and a great deal of customer furniture makes appeared. Why was I so surprised? Furniture that was hand made? I thought only the amish did that. Boy was I wrong .

After much searching and research, I decided to go with the company that actually popped up first on my google search, “Unruh Furniture”. I found that this company was run by a small family and the master wood worker was no older than myself. He has a couple of local news interview that I really enjoyed watching and the examples of his work on their website is what really sold me! I placed my order on his site: www.unruhfurniture.com and below is the product I received!

Harris Kitchen Table!

 

While the picture isn’t great, the quality of the work and material used is 100% better than I saw in any big box store! I listened to what I preach all of the time on this blog and I received something better than I could have ever imagined.  While I am not trying to make this an advertisement for Mr. Sam Unruh, he does great work and I think he ships his work across the USA!

The biggest point I am trying to make here is this, SHOP SMALL! You are not only supporting you neighbor and pumping up your local economy, but you will most likely receive a product better than you ever imagine. because the person creating that product or service counts on the quality he or she produces to keep them in business, not a huge corporate backing. \

We at Mission Repair appreciate all of the local and national support we receive from folks just like myself and decide to shop small! We will continue to produce a great service !

Cheers, Troy

Local Treasures!

Hello M:R Nation –

During my time off last week, I made it a point to support as many local businesses as I could. But, what it actually turned into was just a gluttonous shopping spree. I packed up the kids and headed off on an adventure (as my son would say). I had a very specific plan in place of where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. First stop in the morning is always coffee. So I headed to The Roasterie to pick up some of my favorite beans!

Excellent coffee!

Excellent coffee!

By the time we were done picking up said beans, we started to get a little hungry. What better way to celebrate our local adventure than stopping at the best BBQ restaurant in the world, Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ! Here I shared a special teaching point with my children, “Always order the Z-Man”!

Can't beat this!

Can’t beat this!

After Lunch, we headed to the store to pick up some much needed supplies. The typical diapers, wipes, goldfish, toys and of course, milk. Milk is a necessity of life and everyone uses it for something. We blandly open our grocers cooler and reach for a red, blue or pink cap. It has become all too boring if you ask me. This is why I made sure to go out of my way to locate some of the nations best produce milk and it just so happens to be produced in the KC area. Say hello to Shatto Milk!

On this trip, I grabbed coffee, strawberry and chocolate milk!

On this trip, I grabbed coffee, strawberry and chocolate milk!

Once we had our tummies full of delicious milk, it was time for a much needed nap! After this quick nap, were off to our local farmers market to obtain some tasty beef jerky… I mean fresh produce 🙂 This was a great time, but remember, its always a good idea to bring cash to a farmers market! I learned that the hard way…

Tomato time!

Tomato time!

With our day coming to an end, we packed it up and headed back home. We had a great time and I think I started to teach my children a great philosophy of supporting local businesses. Local/small business is what keeps this great country running and one day, there is a great chance that they will either own or work for a small business.

Mission Repair is a local business. Granted, we do a lot of our business on a national and even international level, but we were born and raised right here in Kansas City. We have opened our doors for our community to experience the same great service we offer to everyone nationwide! Because of that, we have even extended our hours and decided to stay open 7 days a week. Yes, what was meant to be a nationwide mail-in repair center, has naturally turned into a mecca for all things broken in the Kansas city area. Come visit us soon!

p.s. When the kids went to bed, I made sure to enjoy this beautiful night cap:

It only takes one to hit the spot!

It only takes one to hit the spot!

Cheers, Troy