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!