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Boundless Thankfulness

Dear Friends:

Most small businesses owe their success and livelihood to the aid and contributions of others. That, and simple good fortune. As we enter our 14th amazing year of independent, debt-free operation we see blessings everywhere. Tabulating them is less simple; impossible to completely repay - easy to appreciate.

Kind suggestions and comments from customers are always appreciated. We wouldn't be in business if not for patrons; their feedback and favorable response sustains us. The dedication and creativity of J.J. Cardinal's staff, past and present, has molded the character of our store. Nearly tireless are they in a daily quest to meet the needs and desires of our guests. Our neighboring businesses in the Pavilion Shops generously share referrals, kind words of encouragement and more. Bill whose Hallmark card shop, named after daughter Rachel, is the anchor and veteran of the center. Ric's Grand Blanc Music, newest store in center, is active with students coming/going for lessons; Neuenfeldt's (Sheila and Richard) Family Eyecare sports attractive decor and stylish displays. We're thankful for access to quality, quick snacks/meals at Cottage Inn Pizza, and when passing Beth and Lump (cat) at R&B Books and Sun-N-Surf Tanning Salon it's hard not to smile, and exchange waves.

From the opening bell, the community has been receptive to our programs: local schools, scouts, churches, garden groups. Our monthly nature hikes, typically held at the Commons, reminds us how special this resource is - thanks to local boosters and community. When we need change/cash, the friendly staff at Standard Federal Bank is just a few paces out our back door. Handy. Nice institution. A  few doors south is another valued partner: Jay Hoffman our broker at the local Edwards Jones office. We're also thankful Ace Hardware is so handy - it seems we have a need to dash over there weekly. We are thankful as well for the Internet and opportunity to extend our reach nationally. We hear from interesting people just about every day from all over the country partly because of this web site hosted by Peach Computers, Inc. Our UPS driver, Tom, is swell picking up our daily outbound packages and offering tips on critter and wildlife management.

Kind words are shared wherever we go: "JJ Cardinal's? Oh, I just love that store." We smile, thanking 'em for sharing the thought. We're certain part of the JJ appeal is our rich and ever changing assortment of merchandise. Thanks to creative talents of artists like B.E. Eren Jewelry, handmade baabaaZuzu apparel, thermometers from Conant Custom Brass, Anthony Stoneware's neat ceramic bird baths and feeders. Our superior bird seed distributor from Nappanee, Indiana: American Feed, hauls a couple tons of the "best bird food stuffs nature has to offer" each week [update July '05: American Feed closed their Indiana facility - CF&G of Wooster OH now mixes JJ's custom blends]. So many great American crafted suppliers: Aspects, Backyard Nature Products, Erva Tool, Ozark Brand Suet. Our store, and even this web site, is chock full of examples plus new and exciting things arriving all the time: art from Amy Peters’ Studio jewelry, new photographic adventures by Jean Stoick and Carl Sams II. Endless.

"Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much." ~ A. J. Cronin

Happy thanksgiving.

Louise & Mike Dawson

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