I attended Mary D. Mitchell Elementary School, class of ’56.
Stuart Thayer (Thayer Insurance Agency) told me that you don’t have to be smart to run a small business, you just have to work hard. As I was growing up, I never felt smart.
I bought the store in 1975 from the Hertler family. At that time the owners were 89, 95, and 102 years of age. I thought that if they could run this business at their ages, so could I. I didn’t have much money, but I was willing to invest it all. It rang as an opportunity.
It is reassuring to see that things I like are well received by the public. It is affirming to hear people say how much they like the store.
I learned to run a diner by being a dishwasher. You can see how a business runs from any position within the business. County Extension Service is a good place to volunteer.
The store is doing well even in these economic challenging times. That validation drives me. Taking on the economic challenges by continuing to make wise choices about what merchandise we sell is a challenge that I enjoy.
One-day seminars on marketing and sales; reading trade journals.
Any job where management skills are required.
I work on Saturday; I work long hours, and this is often at the expense of my family life.