It was 1992 that Howard Brothers held its first one day sales event. At the time, the landscaping industry in Atlanta was just beginning to take root. We held the event at the old Falcon’s Inn in Suwanee. Lawn tractors and push mowers were the big ticket items back then. At the time, we were a Toro dealer. Folks were using Snapper Rear Engine tractors to cut grass.
I have to admit… January’s bargains of the month weren’t all that exciting. We sold a bunch of the totes and surprisingly, we even sold some of the dog food. With the new month comes new endcaps with new bargains of the month from True Value. Check them out:
So the Super Bowl is this Sunday. Yes, most of us are still upset that the Falcons lost against the 49ers… that means that many of us vowed that we would not watch the Super Bowl and that we don’t care who wins… well, we all know that is not true. This Sunday, parties all over Atlanta will be happening as the Super Bowl is the 2nd biggest event that involves EATING in America.
With eating comes meat. With meat comes smoke. With smoke comes the Big Green Egg or Traeger.
This weekend, we’ll be at the North Atlanta Trade Center at The Great American Motorcycle Show. This has become a regular show for us to attend. You may ask what we have that would be of any interest to motorcycle enthusiasts… You’d be surprised.
We are gearing up for spring, which means that we’re taking care of some projects that we’ve been wanting to work on in the store for the last few months. Like 2011, there wasn’t much of a winter lull in business. The commercial landscaping industry in Atlanta is still firing on all cylinders. February is when we have our biggest sales event of the year (and we’re really excited about what we’re planning for this year on February 13.)
It is interesting to review our web site web analytics. We are able to see what search keyword or phrase people originally searched on Google that ultimately resulted with that visitor hitting our web site. In the past 24 hours we’ve had over a hundred visitors to our website based upon some variation of that question.
We’ve mentioned many times before that new fuels with various amounts of ethanol are causing havoc on small engines, but did you hear the latest news about ethanol / E15 fuel and what AAA and 10 car companies are saying about the fuel?
Believe it or not, but in 2011, we sharpened over 2000 chainsaw chains. That’s a lot of teeth!
Close your eyes and do some visualization with me. You pull out the chainsaw that gets used two or three times a year. You put on your chaps, goggles and helmet. You make sure everything is oiled and lubed up. You may have even called your neighbor and bragged about the tree you’re about to cut up just to see if he has something that needs a trim. Then you pull the cord.
If it is any brand other than a STIHL, you prime and choke and pull the cord and repeat. Finally, it fires up. You release the brake and proceed to place the bar to the tree. “Is this thing cutting funny?? It isn’t cutting on its own. I’m not even sure it is cutting at all…”
Nothing is more frustrating than getting ready to use your chainsaw and realizing that the chain is dull. Perhaps even a tooth or two are missing. What do you do?