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Volume Five | October 2016

Leaning on Local
Next time you shop for something you feel you need, try leaning on local. It’s a way of investing in the future.

When studying the human phenomenon of buyers and sellers, and keeping the money that passes hands within that market, it’s been discovered that doing so strengthens everyone and everything involved in the transaction. So it’s highly recommended that to get the most out of a majority of financial agreements, if possible, leaning on local is the way to go.

It should come as no surprise that a big faceless retail outlet with a home office hundreds or thousands of miles away isn’t always in position to care for you the way you expect and deserve (after all; you’re there to possibly spend your hard-earned dollars.) But on the flip side, smaller, locally-owned businesses look at you as their neighbor, not just a customer, and someone who might pass on good comments about them if they are considerate of your needs.

Another point that addresses the importance of buying and selling locally is the “feeling is mutual” tone you might build between businesses—if yours happens to coincide in some collaborative way with the other’s mode of operation. It becomes sort of a “scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” scenario—an idea that’s been in place since the industrial revolution began, and which still works.

Finally, there’s the ‘feel good’ effect. It comes when you find something unique, useful and highly worthwhile right in your own backyard that’s not only practical and attractive, but sustainable in a number of ways.

We like to think of our products as meeting all these requirements—as we focus on the wants and needs of our customers. It’s a satisfying feeling when we know we’ve helped improve the lives of our customers.

We’re not alone. There are many merchants in the mid-Missouri area who run their businesses the same way—bolstering the idea of buying local all the more.


The most special relationships are based on a combination of trust and mutual respect.

Charles Kennedy
This Bears Repeating
So we will. We last mentioned this tip about two years ago, but since so many people have been having us create countertops for them during that period it was worth repeating. You always want things in your home or office to shine, no matter how hard they’re being used, right? Well, here’s a way to help you properly maintain this sought-after luster: do not use abrasive cleaners. Opt instead for one the many good spray or foam cleaners available. You won’t run the risk of scarring the beauty of what you have, and you’ll be disinfecting things at the same time.

To be sure you purchase the right kind of cleaner, check and see what the small print on the bottle or can indicates.

Got it? Good.
After waiting for years to replace our kitchen's Formica countertops, we are thrilled with our new recycled glass tops. We needed to upgrade, but weren’t satisfied with the options of other solid surfaces explored. And since we wanted to keep our original kitchen cabinets and flooring, we were so happy to work with CMP, especially Jeff and Tammy, to customize the color and effect we hoped to achieve. Our kitchen has been transformed!

Working with CMP has been an absolute pleasure!

Mary & Mark B.

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