Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Made in U.S.A.: Pointer Brand Barn Coat

Don't say you can't find jackets made in the U.S.A. True, you're not likely to find any at the mall, but just look to work wear and you can find plenty of dandy coats and jackets.

Now that there's a nip in the air here in Nashville, the first thing I've pulled out to wear on the chilly mornings is my Pointer Brand barn coat. The barn coat is just the thing for throwing on to go fetch the paper from the driveway, to wear in the cold car on the way to work, or... to go milk the cows in the barn.

The barn coat has got a nice soft lining and collar and plenty of space if you're also wearing a sweater or maybe a bullet proof vest. But the most remarkable thing you'll notice about it is the weight. It's heavy. They don't scrimp on material when they make this coat, and you just know it's going to last for years and years.

The only thing I don't like about it is that it doesn't have pockets you can really put your hands in to keep them warm, though it's got plenty of cargo pockets. But that's not enough of a negative that you won't find me wearing this jacket most every day this winter. And if you want different pockets, or you don't want denim like mine, there are several other styles to choose from. Just click here to see their selection.

Pointer Brand, by the way, is not only  made in the U.S.A. but better yet is made right here in Tennessee. It's a brand of the L.C. King Company in Bristol which has literally been around a hundred years and is still going strong. Their web site is also a winner. And you'll be a winner too if you support made in the U.S.A. by buying a jacket from them this winter!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SouthStar: Where the Star Shops!

Folks, after 25 years of doing this, it could get boring... but it doesn't! At least not for long, as operating a business like SouthStar, like life itself,  is just full of surprises. So I don't know why I was so eager to get out of here one Thursday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, except the weather was gorgeous and I was taking Friday off. I told myself I'd stay until 4pm.

The phone rang about 3:55 and I debated whether to answer it, but I did. It was some guy trying to find us, and I had the hardest time getting him to our driveway as he kept going up and down the street missing it.

Meanwhile Pete the landlord came in with the supervisor of a new cleaning crew. He introduced me and told me that the actual cleaning lady was out in the parking lot and getting ready to come in. Right on cue, in came the new cleaning lady Myrna, and behind her a big gangly guy wearing earrings. Pete thought they were together, but I recognized the big guy as my customer. I say "recognized" because I assumed he was my customer, but really, though he looked familiar, I couldn't say for sure if I had seen him before.

Ms. Myrna & Sinbad at SouthStar
I was introduced to Myrna, then greeted my customer and hurried back to the stockroom to get his order. As I went I heard Ms. Myrna say, "Sinbad, what are you doin' here?" Then when I got back she was having her picture made with him. Still, I figured Sinbad was his nickname and they were just old friends. Pete meanwhile was really confused, thinking he'd come in with Myrna.

So when I wrote his order up, just so as not to look stupid, I asked his name. He looked at me as if I'd just landed on this planet, laughed and said, "Sinbad." Sure enough. And what a nice, pleasant fellow, just as he comes across on TV. I'm a real ignoramus on popular culture but when my kids were little, I remember watching his show with them because it was not only funny, but clean, too.

And speaking of family, it turns out that Sinbad was in town to help his daughter make a music video. And Ms. Myrna tells me that she not only met Sinbad that day, but met his daughter that night when she was working another job as a security guard!

All of which goes to show, if you put yourself out there, life, and life at SouthStar, is full of surprises.

I did not mind one bit, by the way, that my exodus from the office was delayed that day.