Independent We Stand

You can’t escape the news about the economy in our nation. 2012 Presidential campaigning is in full swing. The candidates are debating and discussing jobs bills, tax reform, big government vs little government (vs NO government). Should we try to stimulate the economy by borrowing more against our future, or do we need to cut taxes (and therefore spending) so that businesses and individuals can drive the economy? Should we try to fix the problem at a federal level or a local level?

I know what you’re thinking, “What in the world does this article have to do with Howard Brothers Hardware?”

We are a part of a movement called “Independent We Stand.”

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Why is our Website Pink?

Have you noticed that our website has changed? You don’t need to adjust the color on your monitor (can you even do that with modern monitors?)

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month and specifically the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure® that starts in Atlanta today, we decided to change out the red on our site and add some pink.

If you’re like us, you too know someone who has had Breast Cancer or is currently fighting it. 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The 1.3 million women who are diagnosed with breast cancer annually need our continued support. These women are our mothers and sisters, neighbors and friends.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit www.komen.org or www.the3day.org.

 

What is that QR Code doing on that Parsley Plant?

QR codes are literally popping up everywhere. A QR code is the shortened abbreviation for Quick Response Code. Basically, it is a barcode that can be read by smartphones or other mobile devices.

QR codes allow the creator to send specific information to the scanner and while they were originally used in systems for tracking inventory, more and more they are providing a means to redirect a user to a specific webpage or other online content. We’re beginning to see them regularly appear on items in our stores. Several of the Outdoor Power Equipment Companies, like Exmark are putting them directly on their Engines and Equipment.

But Parsley?

Seriously. I noticed the latest order of plants that we received from Bonnie Plants has a QR Code on the shelf information tag for each product.  It piqued my interest. I wonder where it went and what type of information I would receive when I went to it.

It actually goes to a mobile site that Bonnie has created which is very cool. First of all it tells all the basic information about the plant, but the “more information” is what I think is truly worthwhile. There are “Secrets to Success” which talks about preparation. Just about any project you do succeeds or fails in the preparation stage, but there is also warnings about possible disease or pests that can keep you from success.

There is a “Harvest and Use” section which tells you just that. When to harvest and how to use. For someone like me who has no idea about gardening… this is great (What would be greater with this online app is if you could set up alerts that could hit my phone when I need to do certain things like water, fertilize, harvest…)

And there is a “Try these garden companions” section that recommends other types of plants that will fair well in the same planting or will compliment the plant well. I could definitely see the value in this while preparing to purchase the plants.

Good job, Bonnie Plants.

So, all that said, we have a few fall plants out at the moment that you can still get in the ground and enjoy. We’ve got:

  • Boxwood Basil
  • Red Lettuce
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Head Lettuce (iceberg)
  • Bonnie Hybrid Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cilantro
  • Curled Parsley
  • Italian Parsley
  • Onion Chives
  • Cauliflower
  • Red Cabbage
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Georgia Hybrid Collards
  • Strawberries

We’re also already looking forward to spring where we plan on doing a little more than we have in the past with plants and seed. If there is something that you know you’ll need let us pre-order it for you. And don’t be surprised if you see some new items this spring. We’ve also been looking at decorative pots and planters, other outdoor materials, and specialty fertalizers and soils.

 

Ever Feel Like You are Lost in a Corn Maze when at a Big Box Retailer?

Did you see the story about the family who got lost in the corn maze in Massachusetts? The couple and two young kids (one of them 3week old) kept finding dead ends.

Once the police arrived an officer and his K9 dog was able to find them within a matter of minutes. They were 25 feet from the exit.

“We thought this would be fun. Instead. It was a nightmare.” This was the quote on the 911 call.

A lot of folks scoff at the idea and wonder how two adults could be so misdirected that they literally had to call 911 to get out of the corn. Did the couple really need to call for help or was it a publicity stunt or a chance for 15 minutes of fame?

Let’s change the script up a little.

Have you ever felt LOST in one of the big box home improvement stores? You’re walking around knowing what you need, but have no idea how to get there? You see people wearing orange aprons or blue smock/vests, but they seem to be just as lost as you? Or at best are heading the other direction from the goal.

What if you had someone who could personally greet you at the door and personally walk you to the item that you are looking for.

  • That person could ask you questions to make sure that they understand what your need is at the moment.
  • That person could answer questions that you may have about different brands or types of products.
  • That person could recommend a product that they know will resolve your problem.
  • That person is smart enough to make sure you have everything you need before you leave saving you an additional trip back.
  • That person can ensure that before you leave the store, you understand clearly how to use the tool or product you are purchasing.
  • That person can recognize you when you walk in (often by name) and can follow up on earlier projects you have been working on.

That person is not going to leave you lost in the maze.

That is what we attempt to do at Howard Brothers. We truly want to understand your needs. We want to build relationships with our customers. We want to listen and then recommend. We want to get you in and get you out so that you can get back to your life. Most of our salespeople have been with us for 5 plus years. In fact, a lot of people have been here more than 10 years. We take pride in our store and our focus is on delivering excellent customer service.

We understand that there are times that necessitate your visit to the big box, but If you haven’t visited one of our stores recently, we invite you to try us out. From Plumbing to Electrical, Painting to fasteners, Power Tools to Outdoor Power Equipment or Lawn and Garden to Automotive needs… we’ve got you covered.

 

High Quality Work Boots Equals Georgia Boot

It is hard to believe that we’ve been selling Georgia Boots for over a decade. We’ve carried Georgia Boots in our Doraville, Duluth and Oakwood locations for 10 years and have seen people from all over metro Atlanta get their work boots from us. It has been one of the finest brands that we’ve carried during those years. Georgia Boots are well known in the work and outdoor footwear world. The high quality craftsmanship and construction is difficult to match and has earned this brand a well deserved reputation for their highly ruggedized boots, made with the most advanced technology and customized for strenuous outdoor environments.

Over the years, we’ve sold boots men and women of all ages who each had different needs and wants in their ‘boots.’ We carry over 15 of their most popular styles and can special order if needed. We carry men’s and women’s boots, work boots, steel toe boots, non steel toe boots, Romeo Slip on boots, and kids boots.

All Georgia Boots have a 1-Year, limited warranty in normal use against any manufacturing flaw(s), defective materials, and workmanship.

This warranty also covers Gore-Tex ® bootie liners against leakage for 1 year. All other waterproof construction is guaranteed to be leak proof for 6 months from date of purchase.

So whether you’re a landscaper or construction worker who relies on comfort and protection in all types of weather and conditions, or you’re looking for a comfortable but rugged shoe that can be worn while camping, hiking, fishing or hunting, you need to try out Georgia Boots.

Don’t trust footwear from Walmart.

Click here to see the latest styles of Georgia Boots that we carry at our three locations in Doraville, Duluth or Oakwood.