Grocery Life August 7, 2014
By Tom Butler
Good afternoon from butler and bailey market. I hope everyone is having a good week. I am way behind on the blog because I have been on “holiday”. Our friends from London, England are in the states for a few weeks and wanted us to go on holiday with them. The timing wasn’t that good for us since I have a job and the kids are getting ready to start back to school, but we did manage to get away for a long weekend.
I would never think of calling a vacation “going on holiday” but apparently that is how the English refer to it. It makes me wonder how they refer to actual holidays. Maybe they call them proper holidays instead of just holidays. They seem to like to use the word “proper” a lot. It turns out I am not very proper in the eyes of the British. I think maybe they are just overly proper at least in the eyes of an East Tennessean.
Having us all together is certainly an interesting combination. Even though we speak the same language, we use a totally different vocabulary with a totally different accent. I guess since the English invented the language they use it a lot more properly than we do. I have already noticed my children starting to speak with a British accent. They will be properly cultured now and our friend’s daughter might have a little twang in her accent when she returns to England. My contribution to showing them southern culture was convincing them that you eat barbecued ribs with your hands instead of with a knife and fork. I should make them a list of all the things it is okay to eat with your hands like fried chicken, corn on the cob, French fries or an apple.
We had a lovely time with our friends on holiday. Lovely is another word they use a lot. Maybe we will be able to go on holiday with them in England sometime. Erica has always wanted to go to Wimbledon and I wouldn’t mind playing a little golf over there. I would also like to circle around Big Ben in a car with my children and say, “look kids it’s Big Ben”.
I am glad to be back to work. This is an exciting time for us at the store. School is starting, football season will begin, the weather will cool, and the holidays are just around the corner.
We will have a lot more offerings this fall compared to last year, mostly in the prepared foods category. The addition of fried chicken, all the smoked meats, and many new salads and cheeses will be great for tailgating and holiday parties.
Our annual holiday open house will be in November. This is when we prepare lots of holiday dishes, using our favorite recipes and sample them out. We have never really advertised our open house but through word of mouth it has grown into a really big event.
Last but not least the first annual Rocky Hill Christmas Parade will be December 6th. The organizers of this are doing a great job of putting it together. I can’t believe how big of an event this is going to be. We have another meeting next week about the parade so I will have more details to pass along to you soon.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,
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Butler and Bailey Market
7513 Northshore Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37919