What questions are you tired of answering?

vbridges@newsobserver.comApril 8, 2013 

Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked owners and employees of small businesses around Raleigh’s Peace Street what question they are tired of answering. This is what they said.

•  “Everybody has man problems,” said Shandell Griffin, manager of Studio 714 West, a full service salon. “ ‘What do you think I should do with my man?’ I probably get asked that question five times a day.”

•  “Why can’t you do it that small?” said Errol Engelbrecht, owner of the Blue Flame Tattoo.

•  “Since we have had the restaurant for a week, I am not really tired of any questions right now,” said Alaa Droubi, manager of Mr. Pizza & Salad, which her father, Mohamad Walid Droubi, recently purchased. “But I would say ‘Do you sell alcohol?’ ” (They don’t.)

•  “Musicians are curious; they ask a lot of questions,” such as where an instrument was made, or how do you make a certain sound? said Harry Tueting, owner of Harry’s Guitar Shop. Tueting, however, said answering questions is something he doesn’t mind doing because it could lead to a sale. “We are hoping they will ask those questions.”

•  “I don’t get tired of answering any questions,” said Frank Campisi, general manager of Fallon’s Flowers on St. Mary’s Street. “But the question most often asked is, how are we doing in the downturn (of the economy)?”

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