My last day working at Home Green Home will be the first of the New Year. After working at Home Green Home for what will be 5 years, I have much to be thankful for. First and foremost, I want to thank all of our amazing customers. You give strength to local businesses like ours and help provide good jobs like mine for our community.
At Home Green Home, being an employee means you can still be an individual. We help our Homies out through the ups and downs of all of our lives and send our best well wishes as people move on to new endeavors, while welcoming in new members to our team. Ours is a living wage job, designed to allow people to get fair pay for their work. We care about you, the customer, because you are our friends, neighbors, and broader community members. The money you spend helps support us, and in turn our money is spent in our community to a great extent. This is a fundamentally different model than a national corporation paying minimum wages to employees, while profits accumulate in the upper echelons of the company. And just like Home Green Home cares about its local employees, we care about the employees around the world who are making the products we sell. We don't want to engage in a downward race for the cheapest product; we want to engage in a race for the best product - the most durable, the best value, the product that helps support real people in our local community and the world community.
And what makes it possible for us to continue our mission is our customers. Thank you for all of your product recommendations, your thoughtfulness about environmental and social concerns, your great conversations, and interesting stories. Thank you to our regulars who brighten my workday whenever I see you. Thank you for asking after my day and asking after my sheep. Thank you to folks who have saved their pennies because they believe in non-toxic mattresses for their families and the folks who didn't have to save, but made the same choice. Thank you to our loyal local base and thank you to all of our visiting customers who have come in from all around the USA, Canada, and sometimes the rest of the world and shared their good energies.
Of course I have to thank all of our amazing team, the Home Green Homies - right now Megan, Margaret, Aurea (Fefy), Crystal, and of course Joe. Thank you Joe for being a kind and thoughtful boss and working so hard to fight against the "business as usual" norm so that you can provide meaningful jobs for your employees. It has always meant a lot to me and it has meant it has been an honor to work at your store for 5 years.
I look forward to another amazing holiday season - this is such a fun time of year to work in retail. We get to see everyone thinking about their loved ones and bringing that energy to the store with them. We are proud that no one has yet run anyone down trying to break in the doors at Home Green Home on Black Friday, but we do hope to see you on Small Business Saturday. Or maybe later in the season, as the mood strikes. Whatever your plans are, have a wonderful Thanksgiving to start.
See all of you at the store!