18 years ago today

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18 years ago today, July 3, 1996 the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast was officially open for business.

When we opened, I heard a lot of "Who is going to come to Shinnston?" Even to this day, people notice the license plates on the cars in front of the B & B. The nicest question I was asked was at least 5 years ago. My City Manager asked, "What happens to the B & B if you quit or die?" My 3-guestroom B & B is a recognized part of the economy of the City - by the people who matter anyway.

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Thank you, Everyone. It has been a fantastic ride - and I ain't done yet! Things have changed considerable - from guide books to web sites to mobile and social media. When I first opened, I was jumping for joy to have 6 room nights in a month! Can you imagine that? And we will not even discuss the change in rates! Funny thing though - the guide book rates and directory rates were about the same up until about 4 years ago. at which time the Internet Directories went stratospheric in rate jumps (of course the guide books are long gone - even with the horses which had a print book until a couple years ago).

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Congratulations -- we know you work hard!

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Happy Anniversary!   Great job!

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WAY TO GO!!!! WHOOO HOOO!!!yes

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Congratulations!!

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You built it, and they keep coming.  Congrats on 18 years!

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Yay!

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WAY TO GO!

Ice
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Awesome!

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Party on!  Congratulations.

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Congratulations. We thought we'd last 15 years tops in this business, but maybe we'll make 18 too.

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Excellent and congrats!

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Congratulations! Our Independence Day is July 5th. We'll be starting our 14th year.

Your city was and is lucky to have you.

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Congratulations!

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Very good!

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Congratulations! 

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Hip Hip horay! wow that is great ! Congratulations.  It would of been music to your ears to see a city does know you are there. I imagine you put a lot of time and hard work to get it there.

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The City cannot miss knowing me. I am at City Hall all the time. Have been City Councilman, am on several Boards and Commissions (had to come off of one when I became City Clerk) and now as City Clerk, they need my signature!

Yes, it WAS nice to hear I am an economic factor and recognized as such. The Community Development Director is currently running a series of ads promoting events in the City. 15 seconds when the TV station goes into a commercial break, then 15 seconds before programming (selected programs for best bang) resumes, there is a commercial featuring 2 of the businesses in the City. Each of us paid $100 to participate. We helped pay for the ads and we get good, professionally shot ads.

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We all know you personally put Shinnston on the map!

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