Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners in Durham whether they planned to go on vacation this year. This is what they said:
• I actually just got back from my vacation, said Holly B. Phelan Johnson, owner of Happymess Art Studio on Iredell Street, which offers a variety of art classes and an outreach program, The Happymessenger Art Bus Program. It was the first time I have ever done it in two years. It was like leaving my kids with a babysitter for the first time. But luckily, it worked out relatively well. The Happymess teachers taught three classes without me and did a fabulous job.
• This year I am trying something new, said Pamela Gutlon, owner of Outsiders Art & Collectables, a Durham gallery, also on Iredell Street that focuses on self-taught Southern artists. I have to be in western Massachusetts for a wedding at the end of July, which would have been my vacation, Im taking the business on the road with me. We are doing pop-up art shows at other galleries and homes from here to there and back. It should help pay for the trip and hopefully allow me to make the money I might have missed by being closed for a traditional vacation.
• Of course everyone has to take a vacation, said Carol Anderson, owner of Vaguely Reminiscent, an eclectic boutique and gift shop on Ninth Street. If you dont take a vacation you cant be a good worker or co-worker.
• Its so much fun at the shop that it honestly feels like one extended vacation, said Julie Metiff, co-owner of PB Buttermilks, a Ninth Street resale shop with mens and womens clothing.