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July Inspiration

“And what most people don’t understand is the bulk of business in this country is small businesses.”
–Alphonso Jackson

Traveling around the world has its perks, but it’s traveling to the small towns and visiting with the small businesses that carry our products that truly makes me thankful for the success I have achieved.  Visiting any and all of the businesses that carry Niven Morgan products has been a core value of this company along with developing personal relationships with each store. It does not matter how big or small the community is, I will always do my best to learn as much as I can about the owners and their businesses.

Small businesses and boutiques are what continue to inspire me to create new and inventive products. While traveling each month to these stores, I am always in admiration of their hard work and constant dedication to improving the business life in their community. Their loyalty, creative sales ideas, and wonderful atmosphere continue to amaze me.
This month I had the pleasure of visiting several stores in the great state of Texas. Each town is small and quaint, but they all put forward their own special touch. My first stop was at an extremely quaint boutique in Childress, Texas.

I’m not sure anyone wouldn’t feel at home when walking into the welcoming and inviting atmosphere of Ballyhoo in Childress, Texas.  Their charming coffee shop and products that range from kitchen goods to clothing make all their customers want to come back for more. Any of their marvelous kitchen products would pair great with Niven Morgan Tarocco and Orange Kitchen Hand Set! Ballyhoo brings Childress a terrific assortment of products as well as hard-working people!

 

Childress, TX
Population 6,000

Even though the population in Wellington, TX is just around 2,200 people chances are the lovely owners of The Gift Shoppe know every one of their customers by name. They have brought a unique touch of gifts, clothing, makeup and accessories to their boutique, and because they have such a remarkable store they are relocating to a newer and bigger location! , The Niven Morgan Rainwater Signature Candle would accompany any of the gorgeous dining wear they carry.

 

Wellington, TX
Population 2,200

What could be better than visiting a boutique named Sweet Tangerine? Possibly the fact that I was included in their grand opening celebration to help increase awareness about their company and what they are doing for their community. Their new location downtown will hopefully help revitalize the downtown area. It was an honor to be invited to speak about this company and my respect for small business in communities such as Corsicana.
Sweet Tangerine sells a variety of products, but one of their unique items is their selection of gourmet foods. A few of my other favorite items would be their selection of home décor decorative pieces plus their amazing collection of Vietri.
 

 

Corsicana, TX
Population 24,000


Eye-catching party dishes, French serving plates, and an enormous selection of gifts are a just a few of the remarkable products you will find at Pepperberries in Vernon, TX. Their unique perspective of buying one-of-a-kind gifts has brought their town a place to depend on for each special occasion. One exclusive item you will find at Pepperberries is hand crafted goats milk soaps from a local company, Sweet Cream Suds. These unique soaps are just another taste of the creativity of this small, but big-hearted community!

 

Vernon, TX
Population 11,000
 
My final stop around the great state of Texas was the small town of Canadian. This community has a rare restaurant that deserves some recognition. Grease Monkey is an old redesigned gas station turned…PIZZARIA! I did indulge in one of their phenomenal pizzas, but I must say their soups were my amazing and served from the back of an old car. If you are ever passing through on a road trip you must stop in for some unbelievable food.

 

Canadian, TX
Population 2,700

I ended my trip to Canadian by picking wild plums at the ranch. I have to say, picking plums is a lot easier than the jam-making process that follows! All was worth it when the fresh and airy aromas of these plum orchids brought about future inspiration.  Wild plum and fresh cut leaves anyone?
I hope you enjoyed my tour around Texas and learning about all of the small businesses that make Niven Morgan the company it has become today. Check back each month for new and exciting stories that you won’t want to miss!