Entrepreneurs find creative ways to take vacation

vbridges@newsobserver.comJuly 1, 2013 

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, I’m 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 don’t take a vacation you can’t be a good worker or co-worker.”

• “It’s so much fun at the shop that it honestly feels like one extended vacation,” said Julie Metiff, co-owner of PB Buttermilk’s, a Ninth Street resale shop with men’s and women’s clothing.

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