How Do Sewing Machines Work?

, I can’t explain it, but this post is one of the most popular ones we’ve ever done.  More than one year after it originally appeared it still gets almost daily page views.  In case you missed it, or if you just enjoy something silly that actually teaches something, here it is again.  Enjoy!

I know, MYOB is a blog about business for ALL independent retailers, but you have to see this video, no matter what you sell. 

Here’s how YouTube describes it:

"Junkyard Wars audition tape (successful!). Ever wonder how a sewing machine works? See a larger than life model constructed, and the operation played thru."

Three self-proclaimed "nerds" (New England Rubbish Deconstruction Society) build a larger-than-life sewing machine using themselves as the vital parts (needle, looper, bobbin case, tension, and feed dog).  It’s a hoot and does a pretty good job of explaining how the magic happens.

These guys will actually appear at your school, or trade show, or special event.  The details are on their web site.  (Check our post later today on special events.)

More on St. James and the Tour of Missouri

Just to follow up on last Friday’s post, the Tour of Missouri finished up yesterday here in St. Louis.  The overall winner was Christian Vande Velde from Chicago.  There were a number of other winners who appeared on the podium but there was one winner who wasn’t able to be there.

The City of St. James won the award for the best host city, beating out St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and even Branson, a town known for its hospitality to visitors.  Once again our friends in St. James have proven that their work ethic and dedication to detail is second to none.

Congratulations, St. James, for a job well done.

Memorial Day 2008

As we begin the long Memorial Day weekend, some of us are looking forward to an extra day off work and some of us are looking forward to a big three day selling event.  However you plan to spend the next few days, especially Monday, don’t forget the reason for the commemoration.  (I hate to call it a holiday.)  Last year we posted on the history of Memorial Day.  It started way back during the Civil War and was a day to remember those who have died for our freedom.

I live just a short distance from Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where nearly 150,000 men and women, military veterans and their spouses, are buried.  It’s an awesome and sobering experience to see row after row of identical white grave markers stretching as far as you can see.  Even more sobering are the fresh graves that have yet to be covered with grass, many with only the small temporary marker waiting for delivery of the permanent stone.  On Sunday morning, local Boy Scouts will place a flag on each grave.

You may not have an opportunity this weekend to visit a cemetery, or attend a Memorial Day event, but hopefully you’ll be able to take some time to remember the brave men and women we memorialize.  In 2000, congress passed the "National Moment of Remembrance"
resolution.  It calls for all Americans to pause for a moment at 3:00
PM (local time) on Monday for a moment of silence.  It’s the least we can do.


Photo by Robert Lawton.


Sunday is Mothers’ Day, the day we set aside to give mothers a small portion of the credit they deserve.  When a child is born we call it "giving birth".  That’s what moms do.  They give us the greatest possible gift, the gift of birth.  Then they take care of us for the rest of our lives, no matter how old we (and she) get.

So, take some time this Sunday to let your mom know how much you appreciate all that she’s done for you.  For some of us, someone other than our biological mother has filled in.  Be sure to thank those people too.  And if you’re someone’s mom, all of us at Tacony Corporation wish you the best, happiest Mothers’ Day ever.


That Mall’s History

Here’s are two interesting web sites for you history buffs and curiosity seekers.  The first is called DeadMalls.comDeadMalls features the history of shopping malls that have seen better days.  Chances are that if you lived in a larger city, you have fond memories of the shopping center where you hung out as a kid.  But, changing times and trends have made it obsolete and it may be on its last legs, or gone entirely.

While you’re at DeadMalls, be sure and check out their "Links" page.  They connect to come cool sites including one on grocery stores and several Howard Johnson’s tribute sites.

The other site you might be interested in is similar.  It’s called, another shopping center history site.  (A labelscar is the still-visible outline of the letters when a name is removed from a building.  The site compares it to the white non-tanned skin that you see when you remove your watch.  Like DeadMalls, Labelscar has a state-by-state index and some interesting links.


How to Dial a Phone

This has nothing to do with business, but I had to pass it along.  We’ve come a long way in a short time.

On the other hand, those old Western Electric phones would have survived a nuclear blast and kept on working.  Maybe we haven’t come so far after all.

Small Business Week, 2008

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America (emphasis added, mb)

In communities across America, small business owners are working hard to turn their dreams into enterprises. Small Business Week is a time to celebrate the many achievements of small business owners, entrepreneurs, and employees, who contribute to the vitality and prosperity of our Nation and create new job opportunities for our citizens.

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and my Administration is committed to fostering an environment in which the entrepreneurial spirit can thrive. By keeping taxes low, we leave more money in the hands of Americans to save, spend, and invest. This year, we have also temporarily expanded incentives to help small businesses invest in new equipment and expand their enterprises. We have also expanded market access and opened new markets for American goods and services abroad, helping our small businesses compete in the global economy. To make health care more affordable and accessible, we continue to support Association Health Plans so small businesses can band together to get the same discounts that big companies receive.

The underpinnings of our economy are strong, competitive, and resilient enough to overcome the challenges we face, and in the long run, Americans can be confident that our economy will continue to grow. During Small Business Week and throughout the year, we recognize the determination and ingenuity of America’s workers and entrepreneurs who play a vital role in building a more prosperous future for our country.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 20 through April 26, 2008, as Small Business Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs that celebrate the achievements of small business owners and their employees and encourage the development of new small businesses.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.