Last summer, our family traveled nineteen and a half hours in one stretch.
Go ahead. Be impressed by our kids’ ability to ride for almost an entire day in a comatose state. No whining, no complaining, just an insane amount of car games.
Every few hours, we peeled ourselves from the car to fuel up and eat. At one of our stops, we pulled into a Chick-Fil-a (not a restaurant those of us from the North see too much of).
Big deal, right? Fast food, chicken place, Christian owners, right, right.
I walked in and found an entire section of the restaurant blocked off and reserved for Dads and daughters. The tables boasted linen table clothes, tiny vases of fresh flowers, and glitter sprinkles. The little girls proudly sported sundresses and summer sandals.
To reach the restrooms, my girls and I ducked under a flowered arch and passed a photographer snapping Polaroid pictures of those on daddy daughter dates. In a corner table, board games were stacked, but none of the patrons looked like they needed them. The fun was in having Dad's full attention.
Oh, and did I mention the chicken was good? My Chick-fil-A experience made me a fan.
And my Chick-fil-A experience made me think about where I spend my money, and the fact that most of the time I toss it at box stores because it’s easy and convenient.
I don’t like that way of thinking, and I'm working to change it.
This week I discovered a list from the GOOD Company Project.
The GOOD Company Project aims to find businesses with between 100 and 1,000 employees who are working “better and smarter for a smarter better world”.
Cool companies like Better World Books take up places on this list. Better World Books is a for profit organization that has donated over 6,000,000 books, raised almost $12,000,000 for literacy programs, and recycled over 77,000,00 books. Plus, these used books always ship free. Great idea.
As I clicked around the list, I thought about the need for us to be compassionate consumers, and I wondered how you practice intentional spending.
Question for you: Where have you experienced good customer service and witnessed a positive mission (other than making moolah)? A restaurant? Store? Online business? Share, share. I'd love to hear.
If you are attending the IRL meetup group I'm hosting in April through (in)courage, yipee! If you haven't dropped me an email, please do so, and I'll make sure you are in the loop with all of the details. AmyLSullivan12@gmail.com.
Near Asheville, NC and want to come, but haven't registered? It's not too late! Go here for info and here to register.