Black Friday Business

Black Friday Business

    Thanksgiving is upon us, friends. And that means that the Black Friday madness is sure to follow. The day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, is traditionally the day that kicks off the holiday shopping season in America. It’s a day when stores lower prices, offer crazy discounts and open early or even stay open all night. The term “Black Friday” refers to an […]

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June 14 is Flag Day

June 14 is Flag Day

June 14 is Flag Day in America. It’s a day to hang your stars and stripes to show respect and unity for our country. But do you know how Flag Day came to be? June 14, 1777 is the day that the United States officially adopted the flag as its national symbol. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a presidential proclamation that designated June 14 […]

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April Showers…

April Showers…

While the calendar tells us that spring is here, the weather outside lately has been telling us something to the contrary. We are certainly used to seeing lots of rainy days in April, but the cooler temps are not always welcome. Everyone knows that “April showers bring May flowers,” so if we can just hold on for sunnier days ahead…     There happens to […]

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Love By the Numbers

Love By the Numbers

Even if you don’t own a calendar, you can tell it’s almost Valentine’s Day just by stepping into any store or turning on the television. Yes, February 14 is upon us, so it’s best to be prepared.  While there is no exact timeline to determine when Valentine’s Day started, it can be traced back to early religious celebrations of Saint Valentinus.  In 18th Century England, […]

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Phil’s Day to Shine

Phil’s Day to Shine

The second day of February is Groundhog Day in the United States. If that conjures up visions of Bill Murray in your head, you are not alone. In fact, the 1993 movie Groundhog Day does a pretty accurate job of capturing some of the excitement and events surrounding the holiday in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. As you probably know, Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow every year […]

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It’s HO-HO-Holiday Time

It’s HO-HO-Holiday Time

  For many people, this time of year is filled with making lists, travel, sweet treats and a busy social calendar. It also means that people will be feeling the effects of lighter wallets, too. Holiday spending (and often overspending) is something that happens to a lot of Americans this time of year. We shop for our families, for our employees and maybe even a […]

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Veterans Day Facts

Veterans Day Facts

With Veterans Day coming up this week, we thought this would be a great chance to learn more about how the holiday started and why it’s observed in the United States. Veterans Day was actually established as “Armistice Day” in 1919, which marked the end of World War I, and eventually became a national holiday in 1938.  President Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change […]

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Spooky Halloween Facts

Spooky Halloween Facts

The celebration of Halloween dates back nearly 2,000 years, when it had quite a different tone. What started out associated with witches, ghosts and vampires has turned into a more kid-friendly occasion that is linked to carving pumpkins and eating candy.  In the United States, Halloween is also a very profitable holiday for retailers and candy manufacturers. Trick-or-treating is a big deal, whether you have […]

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Red, White & Boom

Red, White & Boom

As we are getting ready to observe Independence Day in the United States, there are some interesting facts to learn about the events that inspired the holiday, and how Americans choose to celebrate the occasion. Many people spend time with family during the holiday week, traditionally shooting off fireworks or attending picnics, parades or backyard barbecues. Perhaps others will take advantage of a day off […]

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Celebrating Fathers

Celebrating Fathers

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, we thought it would be nice to share a few facts about the holiday along with ideas for celebrating with the dad in your life. The concept of Father’s Day was created by Sonora Dodd, in Spokane, Washington, who was looking for a way to honor her widowed father. The mayor chose the birthday of Dodd’s father to […]

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