The local mill whistle blows every day at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and can be heard nearly all through St. Maries. It’s a dull, tinny hum that hangs in the air for a full seven seconds. But no one really takes notice – a telltale sign of life in a small town. Other signs, though, are more obvious: The countless fundraisers for local families facing hardships; weekends filled with activities, usually made possible by a committee of volunteers; and the friendly service you can only find at locally owned businesses. The people who own these stores have a story. The owners aren’t CEOs or figureheads or a group of overseas investors. They are husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, and sons and daughters. They are members of the PTA, they contribute to local schools, to athletic events and to countless other community events. Most of all, though, they are hard-working people, oftentimes the backbone of communities the size of St. Maries. And when it comes to where you – as a consumer – spend your money, it really does make a difference. Shopping locally allows local businesses to help local people. It helps breathe life into a community.
Your business has a story to tell. Not only do our stories define us and give our establishments a personality, they also drive us, as they are usually rooted in something personal. Many of the Main Street merchants boast histories rich in family ownership, but even the newer establishments have something to share, something that shapes them. A lot of times – especially when it comes to small business – consumers like to know more than just what they’re buying, they like to know who they are buying from. The trick, of course, is finding the ad space to share that information. That’s what this site is for. With the ability to reach hundreds of potential customers a day, Show Me St. Maries is a way for St. Maries-area businesses to reach more customers by appealing to the why, not just the what-for. Want to showcase your store’s personality within these pages? Call Dan at 208-245-4538 to learn how surprisingly easy it is.