Friday, December 14, 2018

National Look On the Bright Side Day: 5 Ways to Change Your Outlook for the Better



BAY CITY, Mich. -- December 21st is what's known as the Winter Solstice. Otherwise known as "midwinter", it is the shortest day and the longest night of the year, due to Earth's poles having maximum tilt away from the sun. In some cultures, it's a day of celebration. However, that extra long period of darkness coupled with the already limited sunlight during this season can wreak havoc on the emotional state of many people.

The good news is, December 21st also happens to be National Look on the Bright Side Day! In honor of this day dedicated to seeing the light during the literally darkest time of the year, we at Graff Bay City would like to share with you five ways you use this day to change your outlook for the better!






1. POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

Out of all the people you know, there's just one that has the most influence on you: yourself! When you wake up in the morning, start by listing off all the wonderful things that make you an individual, and therefore special. Or challenge yourself to write down five things that you like about yourself. Focus on your qualities, rather than your faults.




2. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL

It's a fact of life that we can't control absolutely everything - but we can control how we perceive and react to what happens. Instead of dwelling on a negative situation, start thinking of ways you can make it better. You almost always have a choice.




3. EMBRACE CHANGE

"Change" is a scary word for many people. And it's understandable. Familiarity breeds comfort, and especially when things are going well we can't even imagine what we'd do if they suddenly weren't. However, one of the most amazing things about people is our ability to adapt and evolve. If life is good, tell yourself that it'll be okay if it's not. If life isn't so good, reassure yourself that it will be.





4. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS

Let us tell you something: "success" is spelled many different ways. Instead of measuring your life against that of others - wishing you could have what they have, be where they are, and be more like them - recognize your own accomplishments and how truly remarkable you are as in individual. And most importantly, let the only person you need to impress be yourself.





5. LIVE IN THE PRESENT

We all do it, and more than we'd like to admit. Replaying past events in our heads, wishing we could have said or done something differently. Obsessing about the future, and everything that could happen. But here's the thing: life is happening right now. Challenge yourself to learn from your past mistakes rather than dwell, and apply those lessons to the present in order to carve your path to the future.


What are some ways you maintain a positive outlook? Tell us in the comments!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Chevy Unveils the First Look at the 2020 Silverado HD


BAY CITY, Mich. -- If there's something to be said about Chevy, it's that they know the diversity of their customer base - particularly those who drive trucks. As such, the brand has revealed four new distinct trim levels for the all-new 2020 Silverado HD: Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and course High Country.

This diverse selection follows the expanded range of choices offered on the new Silverado 1500, which features eight levels. Just like the 2019 model, each flavor of the 2020 model boasts distinctive design, technology, and features to meet the discerning tastes and requirements of HD drivers.

“Truck customers are very clear: They want the perfect truck for them and not a ‘one size fits most’ truck compromised for the masses,” says Mike Simcoe, vice president, Global Design, General Motors. “That insight shaped our strategy for the next-generation Silverado franchise, providing customers more differentiation between the Silverado 1500 and the Silverado HD as well as more personalization and differentiation between individual trim levels.”

For example, every 2020 Silverado HD model features design details unique to its trim such as either the Chevrolet stamped bar or the iconic bowtie logo with a combination of black, body color, chrome, or two-tone metallic as available on the High Country.

“We took into account every detail of what customers expect, and how they will use their truck,” says Simcoe. “The results are unique versions of the Silverado HD equally at home working on a construction site or pulling a camping trailer.”

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD is expected to go on sale in mid-2019, so keep it tuned here to the Graff Bay City blog where we will release information about the trim levels, as well as updates regarding availability!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.


Monday, December 3, 2018

10 Smile-Inducing Songs to Help You Beat the Winter Blues


BAY CITY, Mich. -- Winter is certainly here in Michigan...but do you find that you feel pretty down about it? Does it seem to happen every year around this time? You're not alone. Seasonal depression, otherwise known as the "winter blues", affects an estimated 10 million people across the country according to Psychology Today. While many theories exist as to what causes it, one of the most widely accepted has to do with it getting dark much sooner, which increases melatonin production in the body and makes us feel extra drained. Another blames the significant lack of sunlight during this time, which can lead to feelings of sadness.

Whatever the cause, it definitely sucks. Don't worry, however, as there are several things you can do to lift your spirits - and one of the most popular methods is setting some positive vibes with great music! To help you knock those winter blues right out of your zone, we at Graff Bay City have curated this playlist of some of the most upbeat songs we could find. Enjoy!



1. DOG DAYS ARE OVER - Florence & the Machine
That bright uke intro. Those pounding drums. Florence Welch's lighter-than-air vocals. This is the perfect recipe to perk up and get ready to face the day - and crush anything it throws in your way.




2. A-PUNK - Vampire Weekend
This spunky song is sure to put some pep in your step, courtesy of Ezra Koenig and the boys.


3. YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND - Queen
This wonderful song written by bassist John Deacon for his wife is the very embodiment of good vibes.

4. ARE YOU GONNA BE MY GIRL - Jet
Clap your hands and sing along as loud as you can! Winter can't stop you!



5. PENNY LANE - The Beatles
The Fab Four have quite the repertoire of feel-good tunes, but this picturesque ode to a street in their beloved hometown of Liverpool takes the cake. You can't help but smile.




6. AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG - The Temptations

The Motown sound is famously upbeat, able to make the gloomiest winter days feel like sweet summertime. This huge hit from one of it's most successful groups is no different. We guarantee you'll be belting that intro with newfound enthusiasm before long.



7. HIGH HOPES - Panic! At the Disco
Let Brendan Urie's fiery theatrics melt all that icy negativity around you.



8. D.A.N.C.E. - Justice
Even casual listeners will recognize all the references to Michael Jackson in this funky homage to the late King of Pop. It's also sure to get you up and out of the dumps, doing the dance.



9. ALL THE SMALL THINGS - blink-182
This good vibes here are contagious. Be prepared to be singing this the whole day, and feeling amazing about it.



10. FLOAT ON - Modest Mouse
Even if things end up a bit heavy, don't worry. You'll float on, alright?


We hope this playlist made you smile, and wish you nothing but positivity this winter. You've got this! What are some of your favorite songs to lift your mood? Tell us in the comments!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

GM and Cruise Emerge as an Industry Leader in Autonomous Vehicle Tech





BAY CITY, Mich -- An emerging industry leader in autonomous vehicle technology, the GM Cruise has grown from 40 to 1,000 employees at its headquarters in San Francisco, as well caught the attention of Honda and SoftBank with investments reaching a valuation of $14.6 billion. As the next step, they're ready to commercialize self-driving vehicles, with fearless new CEO Dan Ammann at the helm.

Ammann spearheaded the 2016 acquisition of Cruise as the president of GM, and single-handedly oversaw the relationship between the companies. As someone deeply familiar with Cruise's business, technology and team, he was a perfect choice for CEO. "I am excited to dedicate 100% of my time and energy into helping the Cruise team realize our mission of deploying this technology at scale," said Ammann at a recent press conference.

According to GM CEO Mary Barra, the goal is to "transform mobility through the safe deployment of self-driving technology and move us closer to our vision for a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion." 


Part of this new venture includes an autonomous ride-hailing service that is set to launch in 2019. While an official statement indicating what city will be selected for the maiden voyage of this service has yet to be released, all signs as of late point to Cruise's hometown of San Francisco.

What do you think of the strides currently being made towards launching autonomous vehicle technology? Would you use the new GM Cruise self-driving, ride-hailing service? Why or why not? Comment and let us know. We love hearing from you. 


Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

5 Holiday Traditions from Around the World



BAY CITY, Mich. -- Whether brand new or long-standing, traditions are an important aspect of the holidays. While we have many of our own here in the United States, it's interesting to learn about how other countries celebrate this time of year. Without further ado, here are five holiday traditions from around the world!



1. LA BEFANA - Italy

While Santa Claus is a holiday icon for many people in America, the one in charge of spreading yuletide cheer in Italy is a kind old witch named La Befana (which actually means "giver of gifts"). On January 5th during the celebration known as the "Eve of Epiphany," Italian families leave out a plate of broccoli with spiced sausage and a glass of wine for La Befana, who is said to be out flying around on her broomstick delivering gifts to all good children.






2. CAROLING WITH DEAD HORSES - Wales

Carolers may not be such a common sight around the holidays anymore here, but the tradition remains alive and well across the pond in Wales - with a rather morbid twist. From Christmas until late January, you can find groups of people accompanied by a skeletal horse character, known as the Mari Lywd, traveling door-to-door and singing carols in exchange for food and drinks. While the exact origin of the Mari Lywd is unknown, the celebration is said to have roots in ancient Celtic rites and thought to bring good luck.




3. KRAMPUS - Germany, Hungary, Austria

When you consider the consequences of being on the "naughty" list in Eastern Europe, getting a lump of coal here in the United States is actually not all that bad. Krampus is a beastly character in German, Hungarian, and Austrian folklore who is said to stalk the streets on Christmas Eve, visiting the homes of bad children and punishing them for their misdeeds - including scooping them up in a sack and hauling them off for dinner!




4. THE YULE CAT - Iceland

Folks in Iceland wouldn't be caught dead in last year's outfit on Christmas Eve, lest they become a snack for the Yule Cat. The legend of this monstrously fashion-conscious feline was used by farmers as a way to scare laborers into making sure they processed all the autumn wool before the holidays. Those who did were rewarded with new clothes. Those who didn't would get nothing, and be eaten by the Yule Cat.




5. KFC CHRISTMAS DINNER - Japan

Aside from a few small traditions such as exchanging gifts and light displays, Christmas isn't really a big deal in Japan. Do you know what is a big deal around the holidays though? The Colonel. Back in 1974, KFC initially set up shop in Japan to accommodate visitors to the country who wanted something resembling a traditional holiday meal. It unexpectedly became a huge hit with the locals, who have now carried on the tradition of the KFC Christmas Dinner for over 40 years.


Do you know of any other unique holiday traditions in different cultures? What tradition does your family practice? Comment and tell us below!


Hank Graff Chevy
 is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Happy Birthday to the Chevy Colorado!


BAY CITY, Mich. -- This November the Chevrolet Colorado turns 4! This segment redefining truck has taken the US market by storm reignited an interest in midsize utility vehicles, and made GM the most successful truck company for the last four years, selling 634, 505 more pickups than their closest competitor. 

In celebration of this truck legend's birthday, Chevy is expanding the Colorado family with two 2019 special editions, the off-road package Z71 Trail Runner and the street-savvy RST. The Z71 features your standard off-roading accessories and adds the ZR2's amazing underbody protection. Additional changes include a stamped aluminum front, mid skid plates, functional rocker protection, and Goodyear Duratrac tires. The RST ramps up the typical street features offered on the Tahoe, Suburban, and all-new Silverado, but with a slightly more sophisticated edge. It includes LT trim, a monochromatic exterior offset, a black beltline, body side moldings, a black tailgate bowtie, in addition to, Colorado and RST badges. It's also the first Colorado to offer 20-inch wheels, finished in a low-gloss black. 

Additionally, both releases feature the flow-through "CHEVROLET" lettered grille, first released on the Colorado ZR2 Bison, which can also be purchased as an accessory for $395 plus installation and tax. 


With these new additions, the Colorado lineup now offers new levels of off-road capability and street smart possibility. Sandor Piszar, director of marketing for Chevrolet trucks said the Colorado has and will continue to "change what customers expect from a midsize truck, inspire competitors, and bring new customers to Chevrolet". We wish someone would say such nice things about us on our birthday. 

The 2019 Colorado releases join numerous other GM special editions and fully redesigned models for this upcoming year, foreshadowing a profitable year for the corporation. Which release has been your favorite so far? Comment and let us know! We love hearing from you. 

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Shop Small and Get Big Rewards this Season


BAY CITY, Mich. -- Forget the crowds at your typical big-box stores this holiday season and shop small! Small Business Saturday is November 24th, but we encourage you to support your local businesses all season long. Not only does it put a smile on your local entrepreneur's face, it keeps your tax dollars in your neighborhood, creates jobs in your community, and gives you a more unique array of products to choose from. 

In case you're not convinced here's a few other awesome reasons you should shop small: 
  • It Helps the Environment - as most small businesses offer locally sourced products it cuts down on packaging and transportation, thus reducing carbon footprint. 
  • Personalized Customer Service - independent business owners know and care about their clientele which leads to an exceptional service experience. 
  • Increase Tourism - independent retailers and service providers offer unique goods and services that can lure tourists to your community which boosts your local economy. 
  • It Feels Good - Supporting small businesses doesn't just get your shopping list checked off, it makes your local entrepreneur's day. Spread the cheer this holiday season, shop small! 
Here's a few of our favorite picks for local businesses in the Bay City area that have the holiday gift game on lock. 

1. ARTIGIANO 

This sweet little shop is a foodie's dream, with an inventory that consists of artisan cheese, cured meats and pates, small batch preserves, and authentic gelato! Have them design a charcuterie tray for your next holiday event, or give the tastemaker in your life a subscription to their cheese of the month box! 

2. REBEL MAGNOLIA LLC

This super cute store is the perfect place to find a gift for the hard-to-shop for girl. Not only is this spot full of unique, Michigan-made items like bags, blankets, jewelry, and clothes, the staff provides friendly, top-notch service. 

3. RETRO ATTICS 

This quaint little furniture and curios outfit is sure to have the perfect piece for the designer on your list. From vintage boots to collector's rugs and ottomans, there's no doubt you'll find something unique here. 

4. 99 TREES BOOKSTORE 

The only true bookstore in Bay City, this gem is full of gifts perfect for all ages and all interests. It's well organized, and the staff is super friendly. It may be number four on our list but we give this spot 5 stars! 

5. FERNE BOUTIQUE 

This sweet little shop was founded by a Detroit native who relocated to the Bay area and couldn't find a store that catered to her style. Named after her grandmother, Ferne Boutique, is full of cute clothes, accessories and gifts for all the stylish women in your life. 

6. STUDIO 23 / THE ARTS CENTER 

Stop by Studio 23 every Sunday during the holiday season for an artist pop-up extravaganza. Not only will you be supporting local talent, you're sure to find something wonderful for the art lover in your life. 


7. HERMAN HISS AND CO. 

This local treasure has been a part of the Bay City community since 1867. More than just a high-end jewelry store, the offer a great selection of accessories and home accents. Known for their beautiful collections and top-notch service, Herman Hiss and Co is the perfect place to shop a gift full of shimmer and shine. 

8. COYER CANDLE 

This little gem offers products from over 75 Michigan and other USA artisans in a sweet, welcoming atmosphere. Plus, they're offering a special gift to the first 5 customers to spend $50 on Small Business Saturday, so make sure you get there early!

9. HALF MILE HANDMADE

Proud supporters of the maker movement, hand mile handmade offers products from artisans all over Michigan and the US. Their wide selection of clothes, art, home goods, and more ensures you'll find something for everyone on your list. 

10. JACK'S BICYCLE SHOP

If you have a cyclist in your life, you need to check out Jack's Bicycle Shop. Their shop is full of unique bikes and gear with a friendly, humorous staff to boot. They handle custom builds, repairs and even offer a rental program as well! 

Do you have a favorite local retailer we didn't include in our list? Comment and let us know! We'll see you in the shops on 11/24. Happy Holidays and happy shopping! 


Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.