Saturday, March 31, 2012

Customer Service and Buying Local

I have been dealing with a great many companies of varying types over the past several weeks, local and national. From my perspective from this experience, our local folks stack up pretty well.

I have been dealing with estate issues after my mothers death. This is difficult under the best of circumstances but when you are faced with ill-trained and uncaring voices and faces it makes it even tougher. That is why my experiences with our local businesses this week has been a ray of sunshine. From the different restaurants, general stores, grocery stores, hardware stores and other places in Stokes County, each and every one have performed above and beyond my expectations. And it wasn't just me, I made it a point of paying attention to everyone that I saw in the stores and watched as they were treated with respect. The wait staffs were friendly and courteous, the managers of the tire shop and the hardware store were knowledgeable and pleasant. It made me feel good and helped me deal with the not so pleasant tasks that popped up during the balance of the week.

I want to say a big thank you to each and everyone of them and I am even more committed to buying local at each and every opportunity. If your experiences have been similar to mine, I hope you will join me and Think Stokes First!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Buy Local Opportunities Abound!

In case you have not being paying attention to what is going on in the county, the variety of your opportunities to visit and patronize businesses is increasing! We have a new clothing store in King (Dalton's Crossing has been open for a little longer than one month), we have a new BBQ restaurant in King: the Pig Shack located at 700 E. King St, serving award winning food. Coffee Tea and Me has expanded their menu with delicious soups, salads and sandwiches. We have a new furniture store in Walnut Cove and on top of this we will be celebrating a Sheetz Grand Opening tomorrow morning at 11 AM.

Each and every one of our businesses in the county is precious and deserves to be celebrated. We appreicate the effort, hard work and spirit they provide. The businesses mentioned above have created or will be creating over 70 jobs in Stokes County. Please join me in thanking them for the jobs they create, the income they bring to the community and the support they provide. Thank them with your words and your hard earned money.

Think Stokes First with every purchase you make and have a great day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


If you have been driving by and watching the progress, as I have, here is good news! Sheetz will be opening their new location in King next Thursday. Hope you can join me to welcome these folks to Stokes County!

Monica Jones March 7, 2012
(814) 207-4155 cell
Mike Horn

Sheetz Opens New Convenience Restaurant
In King, NC, Thursday at 11 a.m.

Area Residents Expected to Start Lining Up Before Day Break
To Be Among First 50 to Receive $100 Gift Cards

King, NC – If past Sheetz openings are any indication, area residents are expected to be waiting in line before day break to be among the first 50 in line to receive $100 Sheetz gift cards at the opening of the company’s newest store in King, NC, at 11 a.m. this Thursday, March 15th.

“Each new store we open is drawing larger and larger crowds, with many people arriving hours before the official opening to be part of the excitement,” says Stan Sheetz, company president and CEO. “We can't wait to serve our new friends in the King area as they become part of the Sheetz’ experience.”

Travis Sheetz, Vice President of Operations, will join local officials at the 10:45 a.m. ribbon-cutting at the new 5,941 square foot store. The 703 East King Street location will be one of ten new Sheetz stores opening in North Carolina this year and will feature a convenient drive-through for Sheetz’ trademark fast service. During the King opening, customers can play games to win prizes and enjoy delicious samples of Sheetz food and specialty beverages.

The new Sheetz will provide an economic boost to the area, creating 40 to 45 new full and part time jobs, and add $3.5 million taxable property value to the city and county tax base. Additionally, Sheetz has been a proud supporter of the Special Olympics for more than 20 years and will make a donation to the local chapter of Special Olympics North Carolina as part of the opening festivities.

The King Sheetz will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offer fresh food items like Sheetz’ signature Made To Order (MTO®) items that include Angus beef burgers, premium grilled chicken sandwiches, freshly made salads, French fries, onion rings and more. The new store will also feature are MTGo! and Shweetz Bakery lines of sandwiches, wraps, donuts and muffins, along with Sheetz Bros. Coffeez®, a full-service espresso and smoothie bar staffed by a trained barista where customers can order hand-made specialty coffee drinks including lattes, cappuccinos and mochas - hot, frozen or iced.


Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience restaurant chains, with more than $5 billion in annual revenue and more than 14,500 employees. The company operates 412 locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® subs, sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. Sheetz currently ranks on the Best Places to Work list in Ohio a, North Carolina and Virginia and has been on the list in Pennsylvania for ten consecutive years. All Sheetz convenience restaurants are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit