Replacements Limited, A Company’s Stand for Gay Marriage, and Its Cost

  • metta

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    May 27, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    Replacements Limited,A Company’s Stand for Gay Marriage, and Its Cost

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/26/business/replacements-limiteds-stand-for-gay-marriage-draws-repercussions.html


    http://www.replacements.com/
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    May 27, 2012 2:29 PM GMT
    I read this story this morning and I'm happy that metta posted it. It's a really good read and really shows the humanity of a man who is without a doubt one of the finest citizens in NC today.

    Bob runs a niche business, but if any of you have need I hope you'll purchase from him.
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    May 27, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
    The world needs more business owners like him. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 27, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    My mom has bought so much china and crystal from this company over the years. I remember making a trip to the showroom whenever she or my aunts would chip some of their china. I'm glad to see this article. Thanks for posting.
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    May 27, 2012 3:07 PM GMT
    I've shopped there several times, and each time it's been a good experience. He runs a pretty amazing operation.
  • Ironman4U

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    May 27, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    Nice to see him taking a stand...hope his business will rally from the PR generated from this article.
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    May 27, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    For those of you who aren't familiar with the company, he sells china, crystal and silver from discontinued patterns. I imagine the majority of his business is middle aged women so I'm a little surprised at the reaction to his stand.
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    May 27, 2012 3:18 PM GMT
    JPtheBITCH said
    Ironman4U saidNice to see him taking a stand...hope his business will rally from the PR generated from this article.

    Give them a few weeks, and when them fat church ladies who departed in high dudgeon realize there's no one else who can replace grammaw's "Forever Wisteria" dinner plates, they'll come crawling back. Quietly.


    So true. When there's only one rooster in the chicken coop the hens will get in line.
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    May 27, 2012 3:28 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike said
    JPtheBITCH said
    Ironman4U saidNice to see him taking a stand...hope his business will rally from the PR generated from this article.

    Give them a few weeks, and when them fat church ladies who departed in high dudgeon realize there's no one else who can replace grammaw's "Forever Wisteria" dinner plates, they'll come crawling back. Quietly.


    So true. When there's only one rooster in the chicken coop the hens will get in line.



    *Tries hard to not laugh while eating. Fails completely*
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    May 27, 2012 5:03 PM GMT
    I hope this article turn out to be a boom in the long run for his business. And I hope in the long run that many of the church goers have a change of heart.

    I found one part of the article summed up my feelings about living here so well:
    Mr. Spainhour said. “It’s a North Carolina that exists but that I don’t recognize. There are two North Carolinas: the progressive cities and college towns, and places where there are no openly gay people.”

    When I looked at the results by counties all but three went as I expected. Two for those three (New Hanover and Guilford where Greensboro sits) voted for it but by less than .5%. Only in Forsyth (Winston Salem) did a mostly urban county pass it by a significant amount ( 53 to 47). As awful as the results where I took comfort in knowing that all the places I love here, Wilmington, Charlotte, the Triangle, Asheville, Boone, the Outer Banks, showed how progressive they are. No surprise either that the two brainiest counties (Durham and Orange) voted 70% and 80% against. Yet when you leave these pockets you enter the counties that are as backward and holier than anywhere in the south. I don't know many other states where the change is so extreme (Virginia, Pennsylvania, perhaps Florida or Texas) come to mind but here the cities are rather small so the change seems so abrupt. Yet you can honestly spend time in these pockets and have very little interaction with bible thumpers.

    He probably took comfort in being in Greensboro's progressive pocket and not realized that enough of his customers would end up boycotting him to hurt his business. Still he should be applauded by his bold move and I truly hopes it helps him, his business and his community in the long run.
  • nomadfornow

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    May 28, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    Good for him.

    He's enduring some backlash now, but he'll win out in the end, I feel. The tide is turning. And yes, the first time one of those uptight ladies has a tragic kitchen accident and loses a cherished gravy boat or whatever, the issue will suddenly lose its importance.
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    May 28, 2012 3:03 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidFor those of you who aren't familiar with the company, he sells china, crystal and silver from discontinued patterns. I imagine the majority of his business is middle aged women so I'm a little surprised at the reaction to his stand.
    Middle aged "Christian" women...

    When growing up (also Church of Christ, just as him), over half the congregation had China cabinets full of ancient dishes and stuff. icon_lol.gif