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Celebrate Small Business

Today is our 9th birthday! 

baked by Molly's Mom

We opened the day after Thanksgiving in 2005 and well, we’re still here. We weathered the storms of the great recession thanks to our loyal and new clients.  As we enter this season of thanksgiving, we thank you for your business and hope your season is filled joy and blessings.

SocialPost_PenguinThis is our fifth year participating in Small Business Saturday. This event is held every year on the Saturday following Black Friday. Small Business Saturday sponsored by American Express encourages everyone across the country to support their community by shopping at local businesses who are the backbone of local economies in towns like Barrington.

DSC_8885What does TT Patton have to offer shoppers on SBS? A number of things that a big box store won’t, such as personal service. Sometimes you need someone to talk through your ideas for a present. Need advice? We are here to offer you a number of options for personalized gifts based on the interests and needs of your recipient.

Clients who walk in the store often remark, “You have such beautiful things.” This is exactly what you want your spouse, child, friend, or parent to say when they open your gift this holiday season. In supporting TT Patton, you support artisans around the world who take pride in crafting a special, beautiful product that is sure to impress.

DSC_8874A personal shopping experience with unique gifts for the special friends and family in your life. That’s what shopping small is all about. Come visit us on Saturday, November 29 to see for yourself! #shopsmall


Employee Gifts: Good for the Employee and Your Business

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, “Staff turnover is one of the most non-productive business expenses” (White, 2014). But today, more than ever in our recent history, employees are doing more with fewer resources and balancing other life expenses. This creates the perfect storm for stressed out workers who may start to look elsewhere for a new job. The market is starting to pick up in some industries and good employees are one of a company’s greatest assets.

So how do you keep your employees happy even under the above conditions? Expressing appreciation is crucial to employee and team morale, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Cash isn’t always the answer, especially during special team retreats or for project milestones. A special gift valued at $50 or $100 can be the perfect solution. The most important element is ensuring it’s personalized and of good quality.


Graphic Image Leather Passports and Luggage Tags

Have a team that travels a lot? For under $100 you can order a calfskin leather passport and luggage tag set by Graphic Image with an engraved monogram, in a color of your choice, which arrives in a beautiful cloth bag and box. For under $50 you can order an executive assistant a set of personalized, raised ink stationery with their name or initials in script, with different font and color choices. Whatever you order, we’ll even wrap it for you!

Apart from making you and your employee feel great, you get a return on your investment. Appreciation leads to an uptick in productivity. Forbes reports “the recognition further perpetuates their desire to go above and beyond for your clients” (Conner, 2014). Employee gifts are a win-win, and who doesn’t want that for their business?

by Soula Siegfried
Master’s degree candidate in Literature and Professional Writing
Northern Illinois University


We’re on the market

We’re on the Market.  Well, on the 365Barrington Marketplace.  It’s an editorial site that features owners and businesses in the Barrington area.  So, we’re excited to be apart of the marketplace and we’re in pretty good company.

As we approach Small Business Saturday on November 30th, check out the 365Barrington Marketplace to create your list of small businesses to shop.  We’re here FOR you and BECAUSE of you.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the photos from the article on 365Barrington Marketplace…CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Theresa has a wide range of stationery, pens, and journals – Photographed by Tim Seed

Theresa’s “favorite room in the house” – Photographed by Julie Linnekin