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!
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 !