“Give the gift of jobs and prosperity, Buy Local this Holiday Season.”

This holiday season, we are seeing lots of people trying help their local economy and “Buy Local.”  This is a fantastic way to keep money in your local economy. Money that is then multiplied many times as it continues to circulate in the local economy. As an exampple, a stay at our B&B is then distributed to the Cannon Falls area such. We hire locals for our staffing needs. We purchase our chocolates from a local confections store in Hastings.  We purchase our produce from the Ferndale Market right here in Cannon Falls. We use the local Hi-Quality Bakery for our snacks and treats. Our mortgage gets paid to the local White Rock Bank here in town. Add in all of the trades people that is takes to maintain a 100 year old home in the Minnesota climate, and you can be assured that the vast majority of your spent monies will stay local.Add in property taxes and utilities and we are probably around 90% of the money stays right here in Minnesota with over half staying in Goodhue County. It will be hard to beat that.

You can compare this to shopping in a large big box store. The only local thing is the store which was designed to be maintenance free for the most part. Then they hire locals to work there which is nice, and we would all hate to lose those jobs in our community but after that? The product is made over seas. The home office costs and profit all go off to where ever. The product cost is at least 50% or more of the total and that is for sure leaving not just the area but the country.These stores and products serve a purpose in that they keep the cost of raising a family and living in the USA down. But when it is extra money that you are looking to give to friends and family in the form of a gift then does this really make sense?

 

Quill and Quilt Gift Certificate

Quill and Quilt Gift Certificate

 

If you do find local products at your local stores then you are on the right track and more power to you. But for those who are stilling struggling to find a fast and easy way to assure that you are buying local then a gift certificate to your local B&B is the way to go. I am hoping for all the best for you and yours this holiday season. Buy local!

Here at the Quill & Quilt we believe in minimizing our impact to the
environment through common sense measures. We endeavor to educate
staff, and demonstrate leadership through our processes and decisions as
they impact the environment. We believe it is equally important to
understand the reasons behind a decision, as it is to implement the
decision. It is through this ongoing demonstration and experience that
we feel we can have the most impact. Therefore, one thing we focus on
is presenting our customers with high quality, locally produced
consumable products during their stay. This includes many of the
ingredients used for breakfast, as well as cleaning & spa products
provided to guests. This goes hand in hand with another focus, which is
to minimize the amount of fossil fuel needed to sustain the inn. To
that end, and in addition to utilizing many sustainable and organic
products: we provide filtered tap water and never purchase water bottled
in plastic containers, utilize concentrated cleaning products, purchase
many products made with recycled materials, get 100% of our electrical
power from wind, and recycle all cardboard, plastic and other recyclable
materials. In closing, we want to state this is not borne of a belief
system, but rather a reaction to a real situation. The management of
this inn joins with The National Academy of Sciences, The
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The Weather Channel, The
Union of Concerned Scientists and others in stating that we realize the
temperature on Earth is rising, and it is our opinion that this is
clearly the result of human activities, including but limited to the use
of fossil fuels as energy. The policies of this inn in regard to the
environment are clear choices of responsible behavior, pointed very
clearly at reducing global warming. It is our sincere hope that common
sense measures will be adopted beyond the inn by those who have
encountered this inn as a guest, through the community, or as a member
of the team.