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Where are They Now- Abigail Hollingsworth

31 May, 2016

Abigail graduated from the University of South Carolina in May 2016 with a degree in public relations. She has worked at Cromer’s as the marketing intern from May 2015-May 2016. I had the opportunity to talk to her and see what she’s been up to.

  1. Where do you work now?
    • I work at Engineering Design & Testing.
  2. What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
    • I do article writing and layout for the magazine The Stress Point, layout an epistle, which is a 2-4 page book written by the engineers that work at Engineering Design & Testing, email marketing with MailChimp, make graphics, and I do a lot of editing.
  3. How has Cromer’s prepared you for your current job?
    • I learned marketing and business techniques and how to interact professionally with other clients, and email marketing.
  4. What was your favorite thing about working with Cromer’s?
    • I got to be the voice on social media.
  5. What was the most rewarding thing about working for Cromer’s?
    • My big (from my sorority) was my boss, I learned a lot about social media and marketing, the people I worked with were really nice, and I really enjoyed working here
  6. What set Cromer’s apart from other internships/jobs you’ve had?
    • They’re every hands on with learning and teach you. They don’t just throw you out into the wild.
  7. Any final comments you’d like to share?
    • Everyone should work for Cromer’s and should follow them on social media.

12 Days of Cromer's: Day Twelve

23 December, 2015

Happy Day 12! Thank you for joining us on 12 Days of Cromer's and we hope you learned a lot about what we can do for you in a variety of ways. Whether it be weddings, parties, concessions or just relaxing on the couch at home with a box of popcorn, Cromer's can do it all. 

In honor of our last day, we thought we would end on our history and how we got to where we are 80 years later.

In 1935, Cromer's was founded by midlands South Carolina farmer Julian D. Cromer. Shortly thereafter, Cromer's took on near legendary status when he added fresh roasted peanuts to his produce stand at the Farmers Market in depression-era Columbia. Although Cromer insisted on roasting a new batch every morning, a competitor would yell out to his customers, "Don't buy those mine are the best! Cromer's are no good." Cleverly Cromer agreed and posted his own slogan, "Guaranteed Worst in Town." Curious people soon flocked to his stand to try "the worst."
According to an article on Business Insider, Only 50% of small businesses survive five years, though most (70%) hit the two-year mark. Cromer’s just celebrated its 80th birthday, shooting down that statistic. However, the only reason Cromer’s has been able to stay open for so long is because of our loyal customers like you! Cromer’s strives to attain the best customer service in the area to make your experience better than it would be anywhere else. The majority of the employees have been working for Cromer’s for more than 20 years, so they are pros at what they do.
Thank you for sticking with us for 80 years, and we hope to enjoy 80 more years and beyond! 

12 Days of Cromer's: Day Eleven

22 December, 2015

Delicious, fluffy, buttery heaven in a bag.

Make your visits memorable by treating your hosts to our famously large, fresh and guilt-free bag of buttered popcorn. We bag it all by hand to make every kernel count. Make a lasting impression with the biggest leave behind you can find.

Our fresh butter popcorn is evidence that we use the highest grade of corn that is grown from hybrid seeds and have been developed for the best taste and tenderness. Our famous premium buttery popcorn is popped daily to guarantee freshness and the tantalizing smell and delicious taste make your mouth water for more. We also offer this fluffy, white popcorn in low fat and no salt alternatives!

Great for big events, big parties, weddings and more! (Check out why you should have Cromer's at your wedding, or any party, here.)

And remember, it is always “Guaranteed Worst in town”. Visit Cromer’s today.

12 Days of Cromer's: Day Six

15 December, 2015

Happy day six of 12 Days of Cromer's! Did you know we sell more than just delicious popcorn, peanuts and cotton candy? Yep! We also sell t-shirts, coffee mugs and more. These presents make great stocking stuffers, so come get yours just in time for Christmas and support am 80-year-old local business at the same time. Win-win!

Support "the friendliest state" while also supporting the "Guaranteed Worst in Town" with this dynamic duo coffee mug. Whether for the avid local or the out of towner, this is the perfect gift for someone who loves, or has someone they love in, South Carolina.

What about your nuts? Show your Cromer's pride with this punny t-shirt made for the bold customers. People will ask questions and you can tell them about the "worst" store in town! Be a walking billboard for us. 

12 Days of Cromer's: Day Five

14 December, 2015

Happy Day Five of 12 Days of Cromer's! Back on Day Two, we told you all about our Christmas Tins, and today is all about our gift boxes and baskets. 

Our gift boxes and baskets are the perfect solution for for a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker. Filled with all of our famous and delicious treats, you are bound to satisfy the tastebuds of those in your life. Say "thank-you" to a boss, or show a customer how much you appreciate them.

Everyone deserves delicious treats and thoughtful gifts this holiday season, and there is no better gift than one from Cromer's. Our tins are perfect for friends, family and neighbors. They are also wonderful for corporate gifting whether you are buying for a client, your employees or the entire company.

Our gift boxes and baskets are great for a large group of people with different tastes. Our baskets such as the Homemade Variety Gift Box and the Cream of the Crop are filled with all of the tastes of Cromer's including peanuts, popcorn, peanut brittle and more. 

 

      

12 Days of Cromer's: Day Four

11 December, 2015

Happy fourth day of 12 Days of Cromer's! Miranda is our cotton candy queen, and today is her birthday! To honor her today, we are featuring our fluffy, sweet and delicious cotton candy! 

One of the great things about our cotton candy, besides the obvious great taste, is the ability to customize it completely for our customers. It is a perfect snack to stock your concession stands and parties with! 

Cotton candy is one of our favorite food products to prepare. Why?  There are a few reasons:  

  • Taste – C’mon, this is handspun sweetness!
  • Packaging – By using our clear plastic bags we help the schools, sports boosters clubs, weddings and more to private label the cotton candy with their logo or image stickers on the bags.
  • Choices of flavors & branding – Whether it’s no-flavor, blueberry, strawberry or something else, flavors abound for the cotton candy. The cool thing about the flavors is that each flavor has a color associated with it.  This means that we can customize your cotton candy and tailor the colors (flavors) to match the school’s (or camp, or church, or business or wedding) colors. 

Want this fluffy, sweet treat and more? Get our Sweet Tooth gift basket! With this basket, no sweet tooth will be left unsatisfied. 

  • 2 lbs. of individually wrapped candy
  • 3 oz. of creamy caramel corn
  • 8 oz. of homemade peanut brittle
  • 3.5 oz. bag of real cheddar cheese corn
  • 3 oz. of cotton candy
  • A stuffed monkey named after our founder, Julian

Watch the video below to learn more about our cotton candy queen!

Happy Birthday to our cotton candy queen Miranda! We are so lucky to have had you for the past 37 years and we look forward to many more.

12 Days of Cromer's: Day Two

09 December, 2015

Today, our Christmas Tins are the feature of Day Two of 12 Days of Christmas. 

Everyone deserves delicious treats and thoughtful gifts this holiday season, and there is no better gift than one from Cromer's. Our tins are perfect for friends, family and neighbors. Our tins are also wonderful for corporate gifting whether you are buying for a client, your employees or the entire company.

Our popcorn tins are made to order in any way to make you happy, and they are always filled with fresh popcorn. Our tins come with a combination of cheese corn, caramel corn, regular popcorn, roasted peanuts or salted roasted peanuts. If you're feeling really adventurous, fill a tin with pecan caramel corn or cashew caramel corn (only available one way). 

Why order from a big box retailer where they have been sitting for weeks when you could pick them up from Cromer's where they are made fresh every day? Also, you would be supporting a local business while you're at it. It's a win-win! We want our product to be as fresh as possible when you receive it, even if that means coming in at 6 am to pop and package before its shipped!

Homemade by artisans every day is what makes us different; it is what makes us Guaranteed Worst in Town.

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12 Days of Cromer's: Day One

08 December, 2015

This Christmas, we at Cromer's decided to have some holiday fun and create 12 Days of Cromer's so our customers can enjoy an artisan product from us for 12 days. Whether you have been a loyal customer for years or you have just discovered Cromer's, we cannot wait to share our products with you!

Day One of 12 Days of Cromer's: Peanut Brittle 

Have you ever tried our homemade peanut brittle? Peanut brittle is as southern as grits and gravy and it will certainly remind you of Grandma's house. Ours is made from an old family recipe that has been in the family for decades and it is handmade by our artisans every day. With just the right amount of Spanish peanuts and syrup, Cromer's has the tastiest, creamiest, crunchiest peanut brittle around.  Try others if you like, but you'll be coming back to Cromer's for our family recipe.

This peanut brittle will be an excellent gift to give this Christmas for family, friends, neighbors or even hosts and hostesses! Skip the regular candy and gift cards and get yours today!

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Be Local, Shop Local, Save Local.

23 November, 2015

When you choose to shop and eat local, you are not only getting a hometown feel, you're also creating a huge positive impact on our economy, environment and community.

Cromer's has been a locally-owned and operated business for 80 years. We are proud of being the "Guaranteed Worst In Town" and strive to make the best products for our customers. We know customer service begins the moment someone hears about us and approaches us for business. We strive to make a positive and lasting impression on everyone who comes in the store, calls our store and visits our website. Being a local business, we understand how important it is to keep our spending dollars here, and that is why we buy everything we can from locally sourced businesses. 

Metro Family Magazine lists 15 reasons to shop and eat locally:

  1. Keep Money Local—Sales taxes fund our communities and provide vital services such as police and fire protection, street repairs and trash collection. “Local businesses are more likely to shop with other local businesses, keeping money moving in our local economy even longer,” explains Morgan Harris, owner of Green Bambino (www.green-bambino.com), the largest cloth diaper retailer in Oklahoma. 
  2. Local Investment—Local businesses are less susceptible to national downturns and more likely to work harder to stay open. “Local ownership means that important decisions are made by people who live in our community and feel the impact of those decisions,” explains Chris Branson, co-founder of Keep It Local OK.
  3. Locally-Made Products—Local business owners often sell local products, which helps preserve the community’s distinction and creates more jobs locally, as well.
  4. Support for Nonprofits—Local businesses support good work in our community. “Studies show that nonprofits receive 250 percent more support from small businesses than large ones,” explains Sue Lynn Sasser, PhD, professor of economics at the University of Central Oklahoma.
  5. Discover Interesting Things and People— Locally owned businesses are one of a kind, which means you can't find them anywhere else. 
  6. Personal Connection—Getting to know the store owners is a great reason to shop local. “It’s their business, they are the decision-makers and they build a personal relationship with their customers,” Sasser says.
  7. Product Knowledge—Local business owners are well informed about their products and know what they are selling. “Because they know their customers, they can easily adjust their inventories to include the goods and services local people want to buy,” Sasser explains.
  8. Diverse Products—Local stores carry inventory you might not find at national chain stores. “Local business owners choose products based on what their customers want and often carry unique items from local artists and farmers,” Branson says.
  9. Cost Effective—“Sometimes prices at local businesses are better because they don’t have the overhead that larger stores may have and they may be more willing to negotiate to meet your price needs,” Sasser says.
  10. Better Experience—Local shopping can translate to more convenient retail experiences. 
  11. Less “Leakage”—Local businesses tend to buy and sell with other local businesses. “With national or multi-national firms, a percentage of that profit ‘leaks’ out of the community, the state or even the nation,” Sasser notes.
  12. Increased Expertise—Shopping at a local store means you can get an expert opinion about the products that you’re purchasing. “Local shop owners have to be experts in their field to compete. Use them—ask them questions and get advice about products,” Bailey encourages.
  13. Create Community—“We are a transitory society so people don’t always have a connection with the communities where they live. I would encourage people new to an area to ask the locals where they shop,” Sasser says.
  14. Better Service—Local business owners do what they do because they are passionate about their products and typically take more time to get to know their customers. “They’ll often go the extra mile to help you and to ensure you’re a satisfied customer,” Sasser says.
  15. Support Future Growth—Our experts agree on the last reason—shopping locally is the best way to show pride in your city and help protect the businesses that make our city unique.

We want everyone to love us, our products and our company. So shop local this holiday season! It's time to stop giving everything back to corporate America. 

Top 10 Things To Do In Columbia With Your Parents

23 September, 2015

In honor of the University of South Carolina's Parents Weekend being this weekend, we put together a fun list of things to do around town as a family.

Top 10 Things To Do In Columbia With Your Parents

1. Watch the game against UCF on Saturday
Before the game, come by the Cromer's tailgate on Gamecock Walk between 8 am. and 11:30 a.m. Come enjoy coffee, breakfast corndogs, hot dogs and regular corndogs.

2. Alduh Flour
Adluh Flour Mills produces flour and cornmeal products in a plant that is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties. In 1942 there were 42 operating mills located in South Carolina. Today only one of these remains-Adluh Flour Mills in Columbia. 

3. Riverwalk 
Grab a cup a coffee and some popcorn or peanuts and take a stroll down the famous West Columbia Riverwalk. The West Columbia Riverwalk, 4.5 acres of the Three Rivers Greenway, is located between Gervais Street and Knox Abbott Drive running along. Its half-mile path accommodates all levels of physical access including baby carriages and wheelchairs.

4. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of the nation's most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens.

5. South Carolina State House
Strategically centered in downtown Columbia, the South Carolina State House is the seat of state government in South Carolina.  The State House is home to the Governor's office, as well as the House and Senate chambers. Free guided and self-guided tours of the State House are available Monday - Friday. 

6. Columbia Museum of Art
With dynamic exhibitions and fun programs, the CMA is redefining the modern museum as the bustling social hub of our community. Exciting national exhibitions cycle through every few months, so there’s always a new reason to visit the museum. Many of our programs are offered for free, and our collection is one of the most comprehensive and eclectic in the region.

7. EdVenture
EdVenture’s mission is to inspire children, youth, and the adults who care about them to experience the joy of learning. Behind EdVenture’s doors, we are proud to have eight world-class exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, resource centers and other visitor amenities. Two additional outdoor gallery spaces are located just outside the museum’s front doors. Within the total 92,000 square feet that is EdVenture Children’s Museum, there are more than 350 individual hands-on exhibits.

8. South Carolina Military Museum
Featuring a vast array of authentic and period firearms, edged weapons, uniforms, helmets, artillery pieces, and armored fighting vehicles, both buildings of the South Carolina Military Museum trace the evolution of the citizen-soldier from the earliest militias to their modern descendants: the South Carolina National Guard.  In so doing, the Museum covers the complete military history of our State from the time British boots first touched Carolina soil to present-day operations worldwide.

9. Vista
The heart of the city is the Vista. With restaurants, bars, galleries, professional services, shops and more, this is place you can't miss while you're in Columbia.

10. Main Street
Downtown Columbia is home to some of the best restaurants in the Southeast. You can also enjoy live jazz and blues music nightly at Mac’s On Main as well as talented musicians playing at Jammin Java. So the next time you’re trying to decide where to go for a night on the town, visit downtown Columbia. You can have a nice dinner, visit the art museum, and listen to live blues and jazz music...all in one evening! 

 

Come by the store and get popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy and more to prepare yourself for a weekend full of fun.
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