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USA made items a priority in 2020 for this small business owner

Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 11:28 PM CST
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Winter is upon us, which may be the slowest season for most garden centers, but this one in Fremont county stays busy offering Hickory farms edibles, freshly cut Christmas trees, and now more gifts that are made in America. Finding inventory made overseas is the norm for many businesses, but the owner of Sweetwater Garden made it her mission this year to order products to support other small businesses in the United States.

“I get tired of every time I’m ordering trying to figure out where things are made, and it’s aIways overseas somewhere. Finally this year, I was able to find a way to get USA made stuff, small batch stuff, things that aren’t offered on Amazon, they’re not in the box stores,” emphasized Holly Cassity, owner of Sweetwater Garden in Riverton.

Holly says that it’s been very special ordering from small stores across the country, with the personal touches that are added. Other small business owners seem to appreciate the gesture as well. Cassity added, “I sleep good at night knowing I’m supporting small businesses. It’s amazing also, this has just hit me so hard, I get these boxes in that I’ve ordered with a personalized thank you note, or some history on the company.” She noted how unique that is, and how that would never happen when ordering from the big name companies.

Another way Holly is giving back is hosting an adopt-a-thon for PAWS Animal shelter this Saturday. She says she loves her job but her second love is for animals.

“Mama cat and kittens come in, and then everybody finds a new home. We all celebrate as each one goes out, so it’s a really feel good thing, and I just like to get behind some of the nonprofits that are struggling this year hugely, and do what I can for them, so this is how we’re helping,” added Cassity.

The adopt-a-thon is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sweetwater Garden next to Maverick in Riverton.

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