By Tom Butler
Good afternoon from Butler and Bailey Market. I hope everyone is having a good week. We are having a good week here at the store.
We received the rest of our fixtures for the produce department this week. I really like the way the department looks and have already gotten a lot of positive comments about it.
Once we got the produce department set up, we started rearranging the deli/bakery department. We are still working on this section but I think we got a good start on making it much easier to shop in that department. I know the staff likes it a lot better but our customer’s responses will be the true test.
The deli/bakery department has really grown over the last several months. It looks like all of the improvements we have made are really paying off. We continue to add more and more “ready to go meals” in our refrigerated section as well as the ones we offer hot. We are still trying to figure out exactly how our customers want them but I think we are on the right track.
I really like the fried chicken we are cooking. I like about anything that is fried so I don’t know that I am a good judge or maybe that makes me an expert judge. Starting today and continuing through Sunday, November 2, 2014, our eight piece fried chicken package will be on sell for $5.99. If you have not tried it, this weekend will be a good time to do so. We fry it from three to seven on weekdays and from eleven to seven on weekends.
I am still working on getting my arm healed up. I go to physical therapy twice a week plus I do therapy at home. The therapist told me I needed to stay really hydrated during the healing process so I have started drinking coconut water. It supposedly is one of the best things you can drink for hydration. I don’t know if any of you have ever tried it, but to me, it kind of taste like water that has been poured through a dirty sock.
We carry several varieties of it here at the store and so far my favorite is the Zico brand. I have learned that if you get it super cold it is a lot easier to drink. I have also learned, once you drink a couple of hundred, you start to get used to them. I will tell you, I can notice the difference after drinking them. If you need quick hydration after exercise or just a” pick me up” during the day, you may want to try coconut water.
The Rocky hill Christmas parade planning is in high gear now. The committee will be meeting weekly up until the parade to make sure it is a great event. There are several opportunities for you to contribute to the success of the parade so I would recommend checking out the parade website to learn more about them.
One way to be a part of the event that some of you might be interested in is by buying a booth. For one hundred dollars you can have a booth at the parade to sell products. I think they already have a couple of food vendors signed up but I could see someone selling Christmas ornaments, wreaths or candles, maybe jewelry and on a cold December night, coffee and hot chocolate might be profitable. If you or somebody you know are crafty and are looking for a venue to sell your wares, the parade may be just the place to do it. You can contact Robyn Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have questions.
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