The past two years have been extremely challenging.
- Small independent businesses have been hit with challenges, curveballs, and constantly moving goalposts
- Local organizations have had to deal with more strain and pressure than ever before
- And our local police and fire departments have had to continue to keep us safe while working around new challenges.
Yet throughout all of this, the amazing people that commit their lives to enhancing ours have not received the recognition they truly deserve.
That’s why we wanted to do something special as part of our first annual “Love for Local” celebration.
We purchased 50 large tins of scrumptious butter pecan cookies (they are the tastiest cookies in the world!), and we attached a small message of appreciation to these incredible businesses, organizations, and people.
The message shared how they have been recognized as somebody that deserves recognition through our “Love Local” celebration.
The cookies are a token of appreciation on behalf of ourselves and the thousands of local people that appreciate all they do.
Our team then hit the road to hand deliver the cookies and cards, and it became one of the most incredible experiences we have ever been a part of!
It was two weeks of smiles, feel-good moments, and most importantly, lots of love being shared throughout our wonderful community.
Who Received The Cookies And The Special Recognition?
In no particular order…
#1 – Amoroso’s Bakery
Everybody’s favorite spot for incredible cakes, coffees, and treats!
Amoroso’s Bakery has a rich history and an incredible local reputation for making the tastiest treats from scratch and baked fresh.
Based at 5803-A Hunt Club Rd., be sure to pay them a visit the next time you have a craving for something sweet!
#2 – Guildford Garden Center
This wonderful and colorful local garden center has everything from ceramics through to flowers and birdseed, but what stands out is how warm and friendly the entire team is.
We feel blessed to have such a wonderful garden center within our community (and we often hear amazing things about them from our patients).
#3 – Guildford Executive Cleaners
One of our much-loved neighbors, Guilford Executive Cleaners is incredible.
Whether it’s dry cleaning or some fast alterations – they’re truly the best around.
#4 – A Becoming Pet
Molly & Stella insisted that A Becoming Pet was included in our list of great local businesses. It’s their go-to vacation destination for a salon and a spa!
If you love your dog(s) as much as we do, then you need to pay a visit to this wonderful business.
But be warned, your dog may come back with softer and better smelling hair than you!
#5 – Jay’s Deli
A very popular choice by the entire team at Aim Hearing & Audiology Services. A pre-1950s Greensboro staple – this deli is incredible!
If you love great food, then look no further!
#6 – Sandy’s Beauty Shop
Upon delivering the cookies, Owner Sandy said, “This does my heart good. Thank you so much!” Sandy’s Beauty Shop is a great example of a local business that has a huge amount of heart!
Based in Summerfield, this is a firm favorite for many of our patients!
#7 – The Fire Department
After all they do, some cookies are the least we can do!
#8 – A.C.T. by Deese Fitness Studio and Gym
With one-to-one training and group classes – this is a great local business that always comes highly recommended by our patients.
It’s a great team and a much loved local business!
#9 – Good Day Doodles
If you’re part of the Aim Hearing & Audiology Services family, then you’ll know just how much we love our pups!
Good Day Doodles is a wonderful group of breeders that finds homes for incredible puppies!
If you’re looking for a new best friend, then I encourage you to check them out!
#10 – Yum Yum Better Ice Cream
The list would not be complete without Yum Yum Better Ice Cream!
They have the best ice cream and milkshakes around, and they’re the go-to place when we’re all in need of a sweet treat!
If you’ve never been, then drop what you’re doing and get yourself there today!
#11 – House Divided Bottles and Taps
This craft beer and wine bar is a gem!
Great to watch the game, choose between an array of different beers, or hang out with friends – a firm favorite!
Co-owner Nina said, “We love serving our local community.”
#12 – Ozzie’s Ice Cream
A great business with a great backstory.
Adam and Betsy Greer are local educators and thought the business would be not only a nice source of income but also a great place for their five children to learn about business. Their five children decided to name the shop after a little diner on Main Street, Jinja, Uganda.
It also serves incredible ice cream!
#13 – Our State Magazine
The team at Our State Magazine was ear-to-ear smiles when their cookies arrived.
They said, “Oh, wow! This is awesome. Thank you very much.”
The cookies were quickly passed around the office, while they continued their great work!
#14 – Brown-Gardiner Drug
A trusted local drug store that serves great food!
Owner Bob Shearin said, “I’ve been here for 50 years. Oh wow! Thank you.”
His reaction said everything – it shows how small local businesses rarely receive any recognition for all they do, especially right now.
#15 – Mythos Grill
Greek cuisine is some of the finest in the world, and Mythos Grill is a wonderful spot to grab take-out food that is hearty, fresh, and delicious!
The gyros are delicious!
#16 – Scrambled Southern Diner
Words cannot explain just how amazing Scrambled is.
Local area farmers and North Carolina products are found throughout the menu, and the cocktails have become known as “the little gem on Spring Garden Street.”
If you’re an Instagram user, then this is the place to be the envy of all of your friends!
When the cookies were delivered, they said, “We are so happy to be recognized and loved by the community!
#17 – Henry Hotel
A stunning hotel, and an idyllic location for weddings and celebrations, the O. Henry Hotel is the first place we recommend when friends come to town!
Aside from being a beautiful hotel, the staff is incredible!
#18 – Lox, Stock & Bagel
Upon delivery, the owner, Kathy, said, “You guys are awesome!”
With three locations in the Farmington Valley, you’ll be able to get your hands on the freshest oven-baked bagels you’ve ever tasted.
Whether you’re looking for great coffee or sandwiches on bagels, bread, wraps, or rolls – you’ll struggle to find better!
#19 – Feet Plummer
Founded in Downtown Greensboro in 1949 as a hardware store by the late Charlie Plummer, Fleet Plummer is one of the Triad’s oldest retail stores.
It truly has a little bit of everything. From candles through to shoes, fireplaces, and jewelry – it’s coined as “Greensboro’s most entertaining shopping experience!”
Owner Bob was very happy to receive recognition. He said, “We appreciate this so much!”
#20 – Gate City Pharmacy
A business that has naturally been very busy over the past two years with more demands on them than ever before, Gate City Pharmacy has been serving families in Greensboro since 1967.
It was very important to recognize all of their efforts and the owner, Janie, was delighted with her cookies. She said, “It’s great that we share the same patients! Thank you.”
#21 – Greensboro Discount Medical Supply
We’ve heard so many good things about this business that they were one of the first on the list!
With great customer service and an array of products, including wheelchairs, scooters, lift chairs, and more, they’re a locally owned Christian-operated company with over 15 years of experience!
Upon delivering their cookies, they said, “We appreciate Aim Hearing very much!”
#22 – Donut World
With a large choice of good old-fashioned donuts, Donut World is a wonderful place for your sweet treat fix!
On your next visit, be sure to try the Famous Apple Fritter – they’re as good as they sound!
Upon delivering their recognition, they said, “You guys are awesome. Thank you so much!”
#23 – Jams Deli
Originally opening in 1988 and quickly outgrowing multiple spaces, it now has two locations. With a promise of quick service, but not fast food, it has built a local reputation for its high-quality and great service!
It’s a wonderful local spot!
#24 – Guilford Eye Center
It takes a team of health professionals to truly recognize other great health professionals, and Guilford Eye Center is a wonderful local business.
Like all of us, they had to deal with many challenges during the pandemic – but they have continued to do amazing work and we often hear great things about them!
#25 – Wilburn Medical USA
Another wonderful business! Wilburn Medical USA is the trusted supplier for all of our PPE and equipment, as well as a great help to many patients.
From medical machinery through to rapid flow COVID tests – they cater for both B2B and B2C, all delivered with great service!
#26 – Jordan House Flowers
A wonderful local florist that deserves recognition for continuing to put smiles on people’s faces!
Although Valentine’s time is very busy for them – they were very thankful to be recognized and receive their cookies!
#27 – New Garden Bagels
There are lots of food recommendations on this list of great businesses, and our part of the world has no shortage of choices available.
New Garden Bagels is a patient favorite and one that we often hear great things about!
#28 – Tammy D. Lee, DDS
There are many similarities between dental practices and hearing care clinics, so we truly appreciate just how much amazing work Tammy D. Lee, DDS does and what a stellar reputation her team has!
From family dentistry to cosmetic dentistry – they’re the dentists that look after the smiles of many of our team and many of our patients!
#29 – Cake & All Things Yummy
Another highly popular local business!
Cake & All Things Yummy specializes in elegant and fun cakes for weddings, birthdays, and all other occasions!
But they don’t just look amazing – they taste just as good as they look!
#30 – Deep Roots Market
This community-owned market features over 100 local vendors, farmers, and producers – it also has a handy shop online option to get the freshest vegetables delivered direct to your door!
Doug and Nay were extremely friendly people!
They were ready to jump in and take a photo together for our website. Their enthusiasm was lovely!
#31 – Cugino Forno Pizzeria
Based on Revolution Mill Drive, this is your new favorite place if you love authentic Italian wood-fire pizzas.
With take-out, frozen pizzas, and even pizza making classes – what’s not to love?
#32 – Cheesecakes by Alex
Approaching their 20th birthday, Cheesecakes by Alex is a cheesecake lover’s paradise!
The truth is, this must be one of the only places where our hand-delivered cookies were not the most delicious thing in the room!
If you love cake as much as we do, then we recommend that you pay them a visit!
#33 – Maxie B’s
Yum! Another incredible bakery and dessert café! The sweet treats are truly delicious! They even have dog treats (that Molly and Stella approve of).
Kinsey from Maxie B’s said, “This is so nice of you guys to do, thank you so much!”
Due to covid, they are setting up orders to be made outside, which is perfect for the spring weather that’s soon to come!
#34 – Delicious Bakery
Another incredible spot for treats, including their incredible cakes!
Marissa from Delicious Bakery said, “This is amazing and you can never have too many sweets!” after telling her that we wanted to gift the bakery a sweet treat because our patients love this local little gem.
#35 – Old Mill of Guilford
This is a must-visit!
The Old Mill of Guilford is a fully operational, formerly water-powered, 18th century grist mill listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
It’s not only wonderful to visit, but it also produces all-natural cornmeal, grits, and flour along with a wide range of mixes.
This includes: Gingerbread Mixes, Muffin Mixes, Pancake Mixes, Cookie Mixes, and Scone Mixes!
#36 – Fire Department in High Point
The fire department in High Point just had to be acknowledged in our community due to their outstanding response to calls.
Not only did they put out a house fire in a member of our team’s neighborhood, but they were also the first to respond when a 7-year-old boy was having a seizure recently.
#37 – Quality Home Staffing (Previously Personal Care, Inc.)
Jerry from Quality Home Staffing (previously Personal Care, Inc.) provides quality home care working with Medicaid and VA patients.
She said, “We love to help people, we really appreciate this. Thank you!”
Much deserved for all they do!
#38 – Expressions Scrubs & Shoes
This is our go-to place for all of our medical scrubs, and the customer service they deliver is second to none!
They were delighted to be recognized as such a niche business and said, “Thank you, everyone at Aim!”
#39 – Leonard Imports
What would we do without this brilliant automotive repair service!?!
They have always been there for Dr. Emil and Dr. Shannon with any car trouble, and Leonard and his wife both said, “Dr. Shannon is sweet and thoughtful! Thank you so much!”
#40 – Hand and Stone
Who doesn’t love a massage?
Hand and Stone is a wonderful spot for hand & stone massages, as well as facial spas and much more!
Leah from Hand and Stone was thrilled and had a huge smile on her face when we handed her the cookies and card. She replied with, “Oh my goodness, thank you so much!”
#41 – Phoenix Asian Cuisine
If you love Asian cuisine as much as we do, then this is one of the best spots in town!
The manager at Phoenix Asian Cuisine in Greensboro was flattered at how much we loved to come there! We told her our office orders lunches for our team meetings there. We even got their food catered to us for our Christmas party. She said, “Wow, thank you so much!”
#42 – State St. Jewelers
We’re very fortunate to have such a master jewelers. Owned by Michael and Amanda Wilson, it has both a beautiful store and a wonderful online website to explore all of their stunning items!
They’re also incredible when it comes to repairs! Highly recommend!
#43 – The View On Elm
This was one of the first businesses on the list, as it’s the place where Dr. Shannon Frymark gets her snazzy eyeglasses!
Owner Beck was blown away upon the delivery. She said, “This NEVER happens! Wow, thank you!”
If you’re looking for your next set of eyeglasses, and you want to work with the best of the best – then this is a must visit!
How You Can Contribute to “Love for Local”
There are so many wonderful local businesses and organizations on our doorstep, and by simply deciding to shop with them, or showing your appreciation, you make real-world differences.
Our hope is that by simply recognizing some great local people, we put a much-deserved smile on their faces and raise awareness so that you may decide to visit one of them/thank them!
Thank you for reading!