Tomorrow is a big day; we will be watching as our 45th president is sworn into office. Across our country, and world, feelings are all over the place-some people are ecstatic, some downright scared to death, and others adopting the wait and see approach. As we sort through our feelings, we have decided to take a different approach. That approach is going to be about this North Country community that we are lucky to call home.
In the last couple of months, we have had the frequent opportunity to visit Long Lake, a hamlet with 700 permanent residents. It didn’t take long for us to develop some relationships, get to know some names, and learn some back stories and history. When we walk into a place up there, it is not unusual to hear, “the Compeaus are here!” as they shuffle over to hear what we have been up to since our last visit. These visits always remind us why we love living in this North Country region.
Here at Jake’s, we have created a family atmosphere for our employees. We really do respect and care for one another, and it is part of our mission that this philosophy trickles down to you, our guest. We encourage our staff to be friendly, engaging and genuinely interested in you and we hope you can feel that when you visit. Please introduce yourself when you come-talk to us, engage. We truly want to create a wonderful feeling of community. We want you to feel like Jake’s is “your” place and want to greet you by name when you come through our doors. We were reminded in Long Lake how good that feels.
The North Country is a unique place. Here, it is not usually about keeping up with the Joneses, or getting ahead, or acquiring bigger and better. Historically, it has been about the people-genuine caring about those we work and play with. It has been about community.
So, as we sit in anticipation of the Inauguration, this is what our approach to this new era is going to be: we are going to focus more on the people who compose our little area; we are going to smile more, engage in conversations with the people we come in contact with each day; we are going to ask about their family, and really care to hear the answer; we are going to shop local, and when we do we are going to have a conversation with the shop owners; we are going to write positive notes to teachers, doctors, bus drivers, and anyone else who goes above or beyond and touches our hearts in some way; we are going to support local organizations because it feels good and it makes a difference; we are going to do more random acts of kindness; we are going to lend a helping hand. We are going to work to make this little slice of heaven great again.
Won’t you join us? Great things happen in the North Country!
1/19/2017 12:32:58 pm
Nice job Chris. That's a real talent!
Patricia Hunt Albaugh
1/20/2017 03:25:01 am
Beautiful, Chris...eager to visit Jake's again before you forget my name. I totally agree with your philosophy...to protect your beloved area, keep an ear to the ground and an eye on DC...invite your Congress woman, Elise Stefanik to Jake's and share your thoughts...tell her you want to preserve this way of life for your grandchildren. Drop her a line now and then at www.stefanik.house.gov and then go back to doing what you do best...making people feel happy and Good! Thank you and continued success to you and your family!
1/20/2017 04:06:12 am
Thanks, Pat. We'd love to see you! Also, thanks for the link-I will reach out. Cheers!
1/20/2017 04:04:37 am
Thank you, Linda!
Patricia Hunt Albaugh
1/20/2017 03:10:09 am
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