Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners what they wanted for Christmas. This is what they said.
• “AlI I want for Christmas is snow. Because when it snows in North Carolina, everything shuts down for at least a day or two,” said Kim Chapman Page, owner of Bull City Running, a running specialty store at Southpoint Crossing in Durham. “It is the perfect excuse to take the day off work, spend time with the kids, sip hot cocoa and pretend like it’s a real winter.”
• “I’m most looking forward to time with my family. Having a new business is like having a new baby. … It impacts everyone in the family, day and night,” said Pam Blondin, owner of Deco Raleigh, a downtown gift store specializing in eclectic and locally-made products. “As much fun as the season will be, I look forward to two days off at Christmas for playing cards and binge TV watching with my kids.”
• “If Santa could do anything to make the economy stronger, then I think people would have confidence to spend a little more and support their local businesses,” said Mounir Saleh, owner of Neomonde Cafe & Market, a Mediterranean restaurant and grocery in Raleigh. “I would love to see more happy customers at Neomonde.”
• “All I want for Christmas is to be happy for the rest of my life,” said Cristina Scamardella, owner of Durham’s Gioia on Ninth, which sells men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. “...Gioia is Italian for joy. Enough said.”