Business owners would take vacations, offer shopping sprees with lottery winnings

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comNovember 11, 2013 

Most people have probably thought about what they’d do if they won the lottery. Shop Talk Editor Jessaca Giglio reached out to area small-business owners to find out what they’d do with their companies if their numbers came up. Here’s what they said:

• “I would buy a location with a bit of elbow room inside and a performance hall,” said Harry Tueting, owner of Harry’s Guitar Shop in Raleigh. “In the newly expanded space, I would add more ensemble lessons for people that would like to play in groups and electric, acoustic ensembles (for those) that might play rock, jazz, country or bluegrass music. ... The winnings would also allow me to enhance our advertising and Web-based presence.”

• “I would open the doors and invite my customers in for a free shopping spree,” said Cathy McKillip, owner of Wish Upon a Quilt, a fabric store and sewing machine dealer in Raleigh. “I appreciate the tremendous support of my local customers, and this is a way I could give back and let them have a great time.”

• “I would pay everyone at my shop a large salary and build a fabulous new retail shop and manufacturing facility,” said Holly Aiken, owner and designer of Holly Aiken Bags + Stitch, a handbag store and brand in downtown Raleigh. “Then I would take lots of time off and travel to warm tropical destinations. I would work less and enjoy more.”

• “I would continue to do what I love ... embroidery,” said Holly Long, owner of Classy Stitches, a custom embroidery shop in Clayton. “It would allow me to have a larger storefront, purchase more equipment, and offer more products and services for my customers.”

• “Essentially more of the same,” said Scott Conary, president at Open Eye Cafe, an espresso bar, cafe and wine bar and Carrboro Coffee Roaster. “We pride ourselves on being an integral part of our community and would love to increase that activity and participation to the highest level possible.”

• “I’d pay off the last of our startup loans. I’d complete phase two of our decorating scheme ... and continue to invest in inventory and staff education,” said Jamie Fiocco, owner of full-service independent bookstore Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.

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