Business Review My 2 Cents

Dollar General locations limit store hours due to being understaffed

Stephy Says 💋at 6:46 P.M. on a Wednesday night, my mother & I arrived at Dollar General in Boykins, VA to find the store doors were locked while the lights were still on. Several customers aside from my mother & I patiently waited for the store to reopen, assuming that the locked doors were temporary; particularly because there wasn’t a note posted on the door to let us know otherwise. However, what we did find on the door was store hours posted with timeframes of 8:00 A.M.-10:00 P.M daily. As seen in the picture above from the Google business listing, the closing time should have been 10:00 P.M, yet at 15 minutes until 7:00 P.M, customers were locked out.

Customers began getting out of their parked vehicles approaching one another to get answers about the status of the store, all while other customers continued to pull into the parking lot. The newcomers to our unplanned parking lot party followed suit & got out of their vehicles to ask us questions. None of us had any answers. 

Two cars were parked & empty, which we assumed were the employees. A particular flustered customer was determined to get to the bottom of the issue, & walked to the door & knocked. No one answered or responded. He took out his cell phone & called another DG location. After finishing his phone call, he turned to the waiting audience & said, “they said nobody wanted to come to work, so they closed.” 

One customer suggested to another customer that she should consider driving to another DG location, only for her to inform us that the Dollar General in Rich Square, NC was closed as well. 

Something as simple as a loaf of bread had to be involuntarily forfeited due to lack of staff. 

Due to lack of communication & lack of consideration, a phone call to the corporate office was made. To our surprise, the corporate office wasn’t aware of the early store closing & commented that the District Manager would be contacted. This made me curious as to just how many times local Dollar General locations have closed without permission or knowledge from their superiors. 

The frustration from customers tonight was not solely due to tonight’s fiasco, but rather the fact that this has been a recurring issue for quite some time. Imagine driving numerous miles & using gas only to arrive at Dollar General & find a handwritten note on the door saying, “We closed at 3” in black permanent marker. You did all of that work, just to find out you wasted your time. Well, at least there was a note that time, right?

Another customer stated that during a fairly recent experience, price tags & barcode prices were conflicting, & she was met with poor customer service when it was mentioned. This was yet another inconvenience & poor shopping experience for that customer.

There are times that there are no shopping bags, the cold box is broken, boxes are full, shelves are empty; all due to lack of staff.

In my personal experience, I’ve visited Dollar General’s in Franklin, Courtland, Boykins, & Wakefield to find that they closed way earlier than scheduled or expected, again due to being understaffed.

On the contrary, I have been told by a manager that when Dollar General actually has the workers, the corporate office will not allow them the necessary hours to get the work done. Supposedly, the refusal of increased store hours is due to customers not completing customer surveys that are located on the bottom of receipts. Basically, stores close early because corporate won’t let them stay open any longer, & it’s our own fault. 

Like many other businesses, Covid negatively affected their business, but the inconsistency of store hours & the lack of posted notices regarding changes inconveniences customers & may cause loss of business. 

Employees are not to blame, including managers, because there are only so many hours the body will allow one individual to work. I’m not judging. Trust me, I’ve personally spent enough money in DG during the hours their doors are open to own a franchise.

Hopefully, if enough phone calls & complaints are called into the corporate office, they will provide their staff with adequate staffing & hours. If you decide to contact them, have the store location or store number readily available. 

Contact Dollar General Corporate Headquarters at 1-615-855-4000 to report complaints or grievances..

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Give or Take?? 5 Gifts your significant other would love

Stephy Says 💋 Christmas & gift giving, gift buying season is upon us. So is my birthday 🥳 (December 3rd—dirty 30—-Sagittarius season)…


Birthdays. Anniversaries. Christmas. Valentine’s Day. Just Because. These are ALL reasons or occasions to purchase gifts.

If you are anything like me, choosing the right gift for your significant other is difficult. Gift buying time makes you question just how well you really know the person you’re with. You spend hours, days, weeks, & sometimes even months trying to find the “perfect” gifts.

Although most often, the effort is appreciated. I know it’s cliché, but it’s the thought that counts. You can find ways to say I love you that won’t break the bank.

These gifts are perfect for couples or significant others whose love language is Gifts.

If you are unsure of your love language, take this quiz to find out.

Try these cute gifts & show your love in these subtle & gentle ways.

1. Long Distance Relationships Gifts Love Messages in a Bottle Gift 

Price : $19.97

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This product contains 50 pieces—Pre-Written Love Capsules Letters in a Plastic Jar. Don’t have the words to say when you miss your significant other? No problem, the messages are already written for you.

Ideal for long distance relationships such as over the road truck drivers, active military on deployment, contractor jobs that travel, etc.

2. Bond Touch Bracelets

Price: $108

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Each purchase contains 2 bracelets, chargers, & instructions. Bond Touch has a free app compatible with both iOS & Android. The bracelet works by Bluetooth while the app runs on cellular data or Wi-Fi.

How does it work?

Bond Touch let’s you stay connected & fell close to your significant other even when you’re miles apart. With Bond Touch, you can mimic the natural vibration of their touch. Once the app is downloaded, you can let them know that they are on your mind even in the middle of the day. The app allows you to customize the color that will light up their bracelet. When you send a touch your partner’s bracelet will light up in the color of your choice. Vibrations can be a combination of short & long taps.

Another feature is a private chat between you & your S.O. Every message is secret & pictures you share are encrypted & secure. Open your Bond Touch App to follow your partner’s status. There’s even a feature that let’s you count down the days until you see each other again.

I purchased these bracelets for Valentine’s Day for me & my husband. We even created our own code for bonding.

1 short tap • meant, I love you.

2 short taps •• meant, I miss you.

3 short taps ••• meant, call me.

Long taps — meant, something is wrong (I’m upset, I’m angry, I’m not having a good day, etc).

3. Motivational 1 Gallon Water Jug

Price $19.99

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This is ideal for couples who workout together or have committed themselves to lifestyle modifications. Or, for just the plain old water drinkers.

My husband & I created a water drinking challenge in effort to increase his water intake. He’s a Pepsi man. This water bottle not only made the challenge fun, but the motivational sayings & visual as a reminder kept me focused on the end goal.

4. Be Safe keychain

Price: $6.99

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This keychain is both adorable & thoughtful. When added to any key ring, it’s reminder to your S.O. that they are loved & cherished. It’s also a reminder for them to stay focused on getting home safely, or perhaps a reminder as to why they get up & go out everyday.

5. Personalized/Customized Photo Wallet

Price: $29.99

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This wallet comes in multiple colors black ($31.99), blue ($29.99), dark brown ($31.99), & light brown (as pictured).

Make it special by adding pictures of their favorite pictures accompanied by their favorite quotes, or names.

It’s sure to be a surprise that shows that you are thoughtful & you care.

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I don’t consider myself to be the best gift giver, but these gifts brought a smile to his face; & maybe even a tear to his eyes. I don’t know if it was the gift, the thought, the effort, or the genuine place the gifts came from—but it made him happy.

These gifts may not be expensive, but the money was well spent & every thing I did for him was worth it.

Happy gifting 🎁

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Better Butters are a WINNER

Stephy Says 💋, did you know that skin is the body’s largest organ?

I know it sounds bizarre, but I swear it’s true. Fact check me here.

Our skin is the body’s first line of defense. Aside from superficial beauty, our skin is our armor.

It weathers environmental pollution, ultraviolet rays from the sun, heavy layers of makeup, biological moisture like sweat & tears, harsh chemicals in cosmetic products, & more recently– unfiltered cycles of carbon dioxide from continuous use of masks.

With all of these things considered, let’s quickly take a poll.

📊If you could describe your skin in one word, what would it be? Oily? Dry? Wrinkled? Scaly?

For me, it’s a difficult combination. Some days it’s oily & shiny, other days it’s dry & itchy.

Growing up, my skin was always described as sensitive. There were days that my skin was scaly due to severe flares, & other days it was moist due to weeping from irritated open areas that I couldn’t will myself to stop scratching. On the days in between, I found mild patches of rashes & red bumps that seemed to multiply as the day progressed. The sun increased sweating, tripled the itching, & spread the rashes. In case you’re wondering, I suffer from atopic dermatitis or Eczema.

Around the time I reached middle school, I had been promoted from atopic dermatitis to contact dermatitis. Belt buckles, accessory jewelry like watches, bracelets, necklaces, cell phones on my face (specifically Sprint nostalgic phone –The Rumor 2), & most items including the metal nickel caused my skin to appear like it had been eaten by acid. Don’t even get me started on the heavily fragranced washing detergents, body soaps, & body sprays.

By age 14, I was seeing a dermatologist that appeared to be grossed out by the way my skin looked. I remember him pointing at a rashes area with his nose scrunched up asking, “what’s that?” I was horrified & humiliated. At this pint in my life, adults were staring & kids didn’t want to play with me or touch anything I had touched.

I had used every kind of anti-itch cream like 1% hydrocortisone cream, Benadryl anti-itch gel, black soap, tar soap, oatmeal baths, & calamine lotion. I was prescribed steroids to combat the itchiness & flares. Triamcinolone was thick, sticky, & heavy on my skin. Elidel had a warning to avoid direct exposure to the sun to prevent increased risk of skin cancer. Eventually, I gave up on everything. Nothing was working, & dermatologist was a no go–, so I stayed away from everything I knew affected me. Even as an adult, the struggle is real! (Pictured below is my rashed arm after removing a plastic blood pressure cuff).

Rash from Blood pressure cuff

But… what if I tell you, I have come across an individual that has the NATURAL cure that can have you go from hating your skin to loving it with just a few amazing life-changing products?

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What the heck is Cupuaçu?

It is a botanical plant found in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest and very closely related to cocoa. Its uses include preventing dry or scaly skin, wrinkles, and restore flexibility and elasticity to the skin.

What other all natural butters do you think of for your skin needs? Before Butter Butters, I automatically thought of cocoa butter & Shea butter. While those are good, I know Better Butters.

Cupuaçu facts

The organically plant powered product packed with antioxidants, is one of nature’s best kept secrets & it is essential for beautiful AND healthy skin & hair.

Better Butters maintains moisture staying power & keeps your skin hydrated throughout the day without leaving a sticky residue due to its hydrophilic (water) biological makeup. The water soluble butter allows your skin to remain soft, moisturized, & maintain its elasticity. The all natural butters leave both skin & hair air soft with a natural looking glow. The unaltered & unfiltered formula will take your skin care to a whole new level if you add it as a part of your daily skincare regime.

Better Butters benefit individuals by adding confidence with evidence of their skin being :

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Along with Better Butters nurturing your skin in the present, this plant based natural product also has the capability to travel to the past & reverse scarring, limit signs of aging, damaged skin & hair, oily buildup, dullness, & discoloration.

The whipped or uncut Cupuaçu is powerful yet gentle & protects from the environmental elements. It is specifically designed to reduce pore blockages & support natural collagen–might I add, it is suitable & beneficial for all skin types.

Stephy Says 💋, I’ve personally used Better Butters, & my experience has been nothing short of life changing. My face has a radiant aura & glow (so much that people think I’m pregnant 😅). The texture of my skin has transformed from rashed, inflamed, & bumpy to illuminating, enriched, & smooth. The texture has transition from rough to silky satin smooth.

Remember the picture from before? It’s the same arm.

Better Butters

Whipped Cupuaçu has a lightweight formula that makes your skin look young & vibrant. For best results, apply it daily. This product is the key to the fountain of youth & product of the present & future.

If your skin is anything remotely close to mine, you should be stocking up on skin products to battle Old Man Winter, Father Time, & Mother Nature like yesterday! I mean really, who’s looking forward to dry, burning, itchy skin? Thanks to these products, my dry itchy skin is a thing of the past!

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Exceptional quality & service

Keep your skin & hair moisturized all year long with Better Butters!

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Cupuaçu is the ideal choice for the health-conscious person.

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Happy glowing 😁