November 16, 2023
WE cannot believe that Thanksgiving is next week already and that we are heading into another busy holiday season. Each year around Thanksgiving we try to take some time to reflect and to take a moment to count the many blessings that have come our way. It's now over 7 years since we became the owners and innkeepers of the Franklin Street Inn Bed & Breakfast. We have continued to do well again in 2023, and know that we have "made it." Our greatest thanks then is for the continued success of the Inn!
As we wrap up this calendar year, we celebrate a year of prosperity and improvements at the Franklin Street Inn. The Inn has provided us with a livable income and the experience to know that we can continue to be successful running the B&B. We are thankful for the many people it takes to support even a tiny business like ours, and we think it is proper to acknowledge them again.
The group we are most thankful for is the guests that have graced our Inn in 2023. Without our wonderful guests, we would not be in business. With well over 500 reservations again this year, there are too many folks to note or thank individually. Our guests came from many states and countries once again, and come to Appleton and the Fox Cities for a variety of reasons and purposes. Overall, they are friendly, kind, gracious and are a constant reminder of the good in people. We also wish to say a special thanks to the record number of guests who have returned to the Inn this year. Your repeat support indicates to us that we continue to run the Inn well while making it comfortable for our guests.
Another group we are thankful for is our wonderful partners and colleagues. Several local vendors help us clean and maintain the Inn as needed. They help us make the Inn a comfortable space for our guests. These people help us run an efficient and effective operation. They allow us to tend to our guests with confidence. Our local partners like the Fox Cities Visitors and Convention Bureau, Downtown Appleton, Inc., Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, and Lawrence University refer guests and provide reasons for travelers to come to Appleton and the Fox Cities area.
We are also thankful for our online partners, Odysys and ThinkReservations and Brandefined, who help us keep up our website, make reservations easy and accessible for our guests, and help us to market our Inn. They also provide great support through educational blogs, webinars and podcasts to help us maintain our online effectiveness. Additionally, they are readily available when we have issues that need resolved, or questions for which we need answers.
Finally, we are thankful for the love and support of our family and friends. They give us the love, hope, and encouragement that everyone needs to be successful. We would not be successful without them!
We hope you are able to take some time to reflect and count your blessings. Take some time to think about those for whom you are thankful this holiday season. We also hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and are able to spend it with family, friends and the loved ones in your life!