Shop Talk Editor Jessaca Giglio reached out to area small-business owners about how they spend their downtime during a typical workday. Here’s what they said:
• “I usually try to focus on my social media messages for the day, work on other marketing items and all the clerical-type work that comes along (with) running a store,” said Jesse Jenkins, owner of High Line Boutique, a clothing and accessory shop in Raleigh’s North Hills.
• “I focus my attention on the company’s development through networking, reading up on the latest market trends and fine-tuning (and) updating the company’s marketing strategies,” said Colleen Davis, principal and creative director at Davis Graphic Design, a Raleigh marketing and design firm. “Most importantly to me, I use any extra time to stay connected with my family by volunteering in my children’s school, church and Girl Scouts.”
• “Right now, I don’t have any downtime,” said Christina Bowen, owner of Alterations by Christina, a tailor shop in Raleigh. “We are in the event-wear time of the year with weddings, proms, graduations.”
• “Reading industry news and thinking of how to assist and support business owners and entrepreneurs,” said Mark M. Haupt, president of Taylor Made Solutions, an information technology solution developer and provider and president of N.C. Veteran’s Business Association, which assists veterans in the formation and development of small businesses.
• Cindy Golden, owner of Raleigh Pet Sitters, a pet sitting and dog walking service, spends her downtime with her two dogs, Happy and Joy. “Joy loves to go walking and explore all the sights and smells downtown,” Golden said. “We do love eating from local food trucks and street vendors.”
• “We all must find … a little bit of downtime in order to keep going for our passion,” said Stacey Lovelace, CEO of Sweet Stacey Cakes, a dessert truck and catering business that services Raleigh and Durham. Lovelace spends that time with her young grandchildren. “For those few hours, I get to forget about everything else I have going on and spend time enjoying everything about them.”