That’s what a seamstress/creative and a world class coffee roaster have in common.
“When people talk, community happens” –Becky McCray
(And let me tell you…. Jo and I can TALK!!)
We are a community. A community of entrepreneurs. A community of women. A community of small town advocates. A community of creatives . A community of givers and do-ers~It only takes two to be part of a ‘community’
~The funny thing about our “community” is that we don’t even live in the same town. Not even the same part of the state!~
I met Jo Kahlifa , at a local Pride of Dakota event a number of years ago. We instantly became friends and have since done a number of exciting things jointly both personally and with our businesses. ( check out MoJo Roast and read about her and the coffees)
The fact that we are a “community” was driven home this past week when we attended an OTA conference. (NorthDakOTA,MinnesOTA,SouthDakOTA) Part of the purpose was to bring together creatives from towns across a tri-state area to help transform where we live into great , re-envisioned communities. Places where people once again gather and talk to each other instead of about each other. Communities where roots are put down and dreams are realized.
Community matters. In so many ways. And Community is not always where you live. Often it is what you do.
SakHat™ ~ What is it???
The fashionably fabulous SakHat is just what the name implies. A hat made from a sack! Mainly they are made from repurposed burlap and linen coffee/feed/seed bags.
Many of the bags I use are vintage.
I love being able to make design fashionable, useable items! These are my way of merging America’s agricultural history with fabulous vintage graphics into something new and exciting. Each one is fully lined.
You can wear your SakHat™ while on the river or on your yacht.
On your horse, in the garden, at work, the beach, the football game, camping, glamping, bicycling… anywhere!
Wear it to shade or eyes or just to show off a unique fashion accessory! Either way- you’ll look fabulous!
~**Custom orders and special requests are always welcome**~ and latest creations can be seen on our Buffalo Gals Mercantile FB page.
It has such far reaching consequences. It doesn’t matter if you purchased an item on credit, or a custom made item from a small independent business.
#1… It is tantamount to STEALING ~ So SHAME on you.
Odds are good that while you are enjoying your stolen goods, you are still also enjoying plenty of other things that you chose to pay for. (Cigarettes, booze, expensive dancing lessons , a new pair of shoes… etc)
** The difference being is that you walked into an establishment and paid on the spot** How is that different from ordering from independent businesses? IT’S NOT! …. I would bet that said person probably took advantage of a friendship, or presumed upon acquaintance.
Again… SHAME on you.
So- aside from Stealing, other ramifications of you choosing to pay up include;
possible closure of a small business~ after all, a business would have to spend many man hours (that’s money) , stamps and ink (more money!) paper (bingo- money) and telephone calls (yep- more time and money!) trying to track you down. For a very small business, just a couple of non payng customers can break them when they are starting out.
stagnant growth of a business- getting burned by a customer can make a business fearful of growth.. What if it happens again?
** Closure or slow growth can cripple a rural business district or even make the difference between whether the owner has to go get a second job to keep a roof over their kids heads because you are enjoying your stolen goods without the benefit of payment.
YOUR bad reputation– Especially if the offender lives in an area when many know them.. word gets around fast. And then nobody will trust you again. Word gets around… Thanks Social Media!
It trickles down to other businesses the one you stole from uses… By not paying you bill, you in turn may make the business unable to bay their suppliers, thus perpetuating the cycle.
These are just some of the ways Not paying for goods received can hurt.
Not to mention the added strain put on families when there’s no extra money for the same treats you expect to enjoy with yours. Not enough money to pay their own bills. ~ The bickering, bitter disappointment, disillusionment and so on.. These things pull families apart.
YOU expect your paychecks to appear on time and in full. So do we.
These are just a few of the things..
Cottage food laws in North Dakota need to be updated. – Oh wait… ND doesn’t have a bonafide Cottage Food Law~
Ours are not the most restrictive, but they don’t help much in a predominately rural state.
~Currently we can sell baked goods, jams and jellies, lefse, candies and similar items at Farmers Markets, Country Fairs and Non-profit or charitable events. ~
We cannot (not supposed to) sell at Craft shows, at for profit events, food festivals, online or out of our homes. (interesting- we make it at home, but can’t sell it from our home!)
~I propose the following changes: Allow us to sell from home, sell at shows, sell to retail establishments- as long as they are labeled as such, allow in-state online sales (not to exceed 50,000$ a year) ~
Also I would suggest mandatory insurance of some amount, and have to register as a business (can be done online for a very nominal fee that way you can at least be tracked down if need be)
Why? you ask….
#1 Because North Dakota is a predominately rural state. In spite of big oil and big money, the rest of the state is still the same. It is still mainly small towns and sparse population. Not every one can drive to ‘town’ (meaning the big 8) for a job, and not every small town can employ everybody. And not everybody even lives near a town! (we’re 17 to the nearest village)
#2 It will make a difference. It would bring in more tax money to rural,small and outlying communities. A much needed income stream! It will help us, help ourselves. It can get people off assistance. It can make a difference between keeping a roof over your head, or not. It can help an entrepreneur take those first steps. It can spark hope in a town that may think it’s days are done. It can promote tourism and Agri-tourism. It can do many things for us.
** I can actually give a hundred good reasons, but for sake of space, I won’t**
I also don’t think we need an inspection either. Standard food service rules should be applied and followed along with common sense. Most people who sell at farmers markets, bazaar’s etc have cleaner homes than most restaurants you eat in. Really.
~What about the Nay Sayers? and the “It’s not Fair!” people?…. What about them? No is just a word. And Life isn’t fair. I totally understand where the lady who busted her chops to open a traditional bakery,and spent tons of time and money to do so may be miffed. But realistically it’s apples and oranges. Cookies and Jams are not Kuchen, Cream Puffs or other premium egg or custard based delicacies. The home baker is not a threat to commercial businesses. We are an option.
Arizona allows resale of Home Baked Goods to coffee shops, cafe’s etc as long as they are properly labeled. They also allow for in state internet sales.
Texas has created over ONE THOUSAND NEW JOBS this year through cottage food laws! Think about the tax revenue that brings in! And… in all 25 counties, Not 1 complaint has been filed against any home baker!
California and Utah have very generous CFL’s.
So- start shouting it from your roof tops! Tell your friends, pester your local legislators and city governments to get on the band wagon.
But worth it! These were at the Saints Peter & Paul cemetery outside of Wilton, ND.
I use burlap in many of the projects I make at Buffalo Gals Mercantile. I love the rustic-ness of it. The graphics on the vintage bags are fabulous and truly speak of our Agricultural roots and early advertising.
Burlap is biodegradable- we actually use the scraps on the garden. It’s a natural soil enhancer and weed barrier. We just till it in at the end of the season. “Post consumer burlap compost creates a constantly renewable product that increases soil fertility, rather than depleting it” -The Green Building Handbook
Burlap is recyclable. – Use old bags to make purses, chair covers, window treatments, accessories, table runners, stuffed animals, lamp shades … the ideas are limitless really. Here’s a link to Pintrest with fabulous ideas!
Did you know…. Statistics show that Burlap is quickly gaining in popularity and may surpass Cotton as the most used natural fiber?
Burlap is Eco-Friendly & Eco- Chic . A great way to use it is as a market tote. No more plastic bags! And it’s quite the fashion statement as well.